I’ve been inspired by packaging [day 28 & 29]

I’ve been inspired to create an art series, or maybe this will be a new addition to my Excessable series.  The extreme disposable excess in packaging baffles me.  In some cases, I understand where they’re coming from, however that equates to about 10% of my understanding.

mens-shirt-blank-canvasMen’s shirts.  I wrote a blog post about the ridiculous amount of packaging in men’s shirts.  It takes a good 10 minutes to take a shirt out of the package.  I’m thinking Whodini wouldn’t even be able to do it much quicker.

My idea is to use the shirt as my canvas.  I’ll attach all of the packaging to it to make info graphics to educate people about the waste.  Why buy a shirt that’s packaged like Fort Knox, using 13 different types plastic, paper and metal when you can just buy one off a hanger?  Then you can give the hanger back to the store for reuse?  Continue reading

Random thoughts about disposable stuff [day 20 & 21]

I haven’t had much time to blog, but I have run into many crazy situations and learned a lot over the past few days.  Here are a few random things.

7I’m reading the book 7: Mutiny Against Excess.  (a) I should have written a book about all of my challenges and experiences.  Shane Claibourne is my hero too.  I also think the world will someday be like a scene from the Book of Eli.  (b)  This book very much parallels with this challenge.  It’s a really good read.  It will mess you up, in a good way.

space shipI wonder what the aliens think of us?  We’re a pretty wasteful society.  I guess their thoughts about planet earth may depend on where they land their spaceship.  America?  Africa?  Mexico?  Finland?

the-colony-tv-showA post-apocalyptic world.  My kids have started watching a new show called The Colony.  Yes, I know, 2009 is not new, but it’s new to us. We only have Netflix.  The program follows some people who must survive in a simulated post-apocalyptic environment.  No, I didn’t make them watch it.  They started watching it and insisted I watch it with them.  It’s a good follow-up to MacGyver, Pawn Stars and Mythbusters.  They have to live off waste and old junk.   Continue reading

I hate cleaning the garage, but I love an art project

The garage (cleaning) art project.

My garage is always a diaster area.  I couldn’t fit a car in there if I tried.  Heck, I’m not even sure a bike would fit.  Now let me be clear.  Even if I could fit a car in my garage, I wouldn’t put one in there.  I like to use my garage space as an art studio, a place where I can do crazy projects like projectwarm.us or any other crazy idea that pops into my head.

Being an artist, I see everything as a blank canvas and every little trinket having some artistic value.  My garage clearly reflects my views.  Continue reading

I have an idea… [minimalist challenge item #364]

[item] Huge box on markers and crayons

[purchase info] Purchased some new and some were given to me.

[time in my possession] A long time.

[last used] Here and there.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium.  I hate getting rid of art supplies.

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I just have way too many of these.  I have an idea though.  I was offered a huge truckload of paint.  I now know what I must do…

fabric scraps & painted sheets [minimalist challenge item #357]

[item] A huge lot of fabric scraps and 3 painted sheets

[purchase info] The sheets came from an art project at work and the fabric scraps are mostly old clothing.

[time in my possession] Not sure, but many years.

[last used] Several years ago.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I have lots of stuff like this.  I needed to purge some of it.

art canvas & vintage pins [minimalist challenge item #356]

[item] A painted canvas and some vintage pins / broaches.

[purchase info] Purchased at a thrift store.

[time in my possession] Approximately 4 years

[last used] 4 years ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I bought this canvas half painted.  I finished the painting and pinned vintage flower pins all over it.  It’s been in my garage and some of the pins broke off.

creepy doll collection [minimalist challenge item #355]

[item] Box of dolls, some new, some vintage.

[purchase info] Purchased mostly on eBay and at thrift stores.

[time in my possession] Approximately 6 years.

[last used] A few months ago.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Difficult.

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I bought these to use in a photographic art project for an altered book.  I like taking random photos of them and using them for art projects.  Interesting conversation pieces too when you set them out around the house or bring them to meetings.

I’ll be famous and sell lots of art [minimalist challenge item #344]

[item] Archival plastic art sleeves

[purchase info] Purchased new online

[time in my possession] Approximately 7 years

[last used] Never

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] It was a bit painful to get rid of these, just because I spent a lot for them.  I had great intentions of selling some of my artwork in a local art show.  Never happened.

why must I see everything as art supplies?? [minimalist challenge item #338]

[item] A tin tile and pieces of MDF

[purchase info] Purchased the tile in Canton, MDF was leftovers from projects at work

[time in my possession] Approximately 4 years

[last used] Tin, never.  MDF, several months ago for kids to paint on.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I just don’t need these anymore.  I have a garage full of “art ideas” and supplies I’ll never have time to use.

beer box art [minimalist challenge item #337]

[item] Spuds MacKenzie bobble head dog & several beer boxes

[purchase info] Purchased the dog on eBay, the boxes obviously came with beer bottles in them.

[time in my possession] The dog, 8 years.  The boxes, many months.

[last used] A long time ago.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle & recycle

[replacement item] None

[info] The dog, I bought as a joke for my ex.  He was weird about the plastic coverings on the metal pieces in his car, you know, the ones that are made to peel off after you buy something?  Anyway, that reminded me of my grandpa’s Impala.  The one with the olive green cloth seats, covered in heavy-duty fitted plastic covers, complete with the bobble-head dog in the back window.  The beer boxes I cut up to make business cards.