This post will use a word that some people in the art world might find offensive, the dreaded c-word: crafts. Yes, that's right. I'm making (and hopefully selling) crafts now. I decided to make some Christmas ornaments with recycled paper. I think they fit right in with my Post-Consumerism oeuvre. Here's what I have made so far.
These glass ornaments are filled with strips of paper cut from magazines and catalogs. They're a lot of fun to make. The challenge is finding paper that looks good cut into strips. Fortunately, I have a large collection to pull from.
Instead of using wire ornament hooks or ribbons, I've decided to use a recycled material called plarn. Plarn is a yarn made from plastic shopping bags. Green plarn will blend right in with a green Christmas tree.
I am also making ornaments with recycled cardboard and painting them. These will be a lot more like my paintings. I will post some photos of them when they're ready. My plan is to sell the ornaments exclusively at my December open studio. Call me old-fashioned, but I like to celebrate the holidays one at a time, so my rule is no ornaments until after Thanksgiving. But I may make an exception for people who would like to order a set on Etsy. (If anyone on that overcrowded website even sees them!) They are $10 each or 6 for $50. E-mail me if you're interested in placing an order.