Recently, www.clothpaperscissors.com reminded me of a project they’ve entitled: “Create New Materials for Art Making” that I learned about many moons ago and always thought “wow that sounds SO COOL … i’ll do it tomorrow!” and tomorrow never became today. It’s Seth Apter’s “The Disintegration Collaboration” project in which he invited artists to let nature work her magic on physical objects over a period of time. His instructions are simple:
1. Create a paper bundle, any way you like.
2. Place said bundle in nature.
3. Post a “before” picture on your blog.
4. Watch and Wait.
So… tomorrow is TODAY. Especially when i saw some of the projects www.clothpaperscissors.com shared using the resulting materials from these bundles!
Some might know my fondness for recreating materials, tearing them apart and putting them back together … some might also know how much i crave grunge and see more beauty in dirt and rust and cracks than smooth manufactured $1 a sheet scrapbook paper (which i do buy but then tear up ahahahahaha). Couple all of this with my big plastic tote of scraps and materials that i “save for a rainy day” and I get this stack:
My rainy day scraps just waiting, nay BEGGING, for a rainy day!
Inside this pack we’ve got pieces from the Wholey Sheet Kit, some errant leftovers from the ACME Lot #3 Kit and other things I’ve used but couldnt just “throw away.” I’m experimenting with different materials in my pack – metal screen, wallpaper, painted waxed paper, lace, ribbon and keys in addition to newspaper, scrapbook paper, dictionary and sheet music etc
I’ve never been one to practice patience and I am chomping at the bits to see what happens to all of this, and then see where the materials take my imagination, but in the meantime I hung it in the middle of my yard so I can see it from my bedroom window and watch what the southern humidity, summer storms, morning dew, 110F degree sun does to it!
And now i want to see YOUR rainy day materials and how nature collaborates with them! Share some links in the comments, post to the Gauche Alchemy Flickr group … let’s do this thing!!!!! I promise to keep you updated every now and then with how my packet is doing 🙂
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