02 November 2012


today begins my three day weekend of art fun (my 9th non-consecutive year) at the Santa Fe Recycled Art Show. artists from around the country come to our small city and show their trashy best. it is an amazing feast for the eyes and such an eye opening experience to see what we really can do with castoffs. plastic bags, bike chain, old jewelry bits, cutting room floor scraps, paper bags, newspaper, found metal objects from along the river banks, bottle glass...all those bottle caps from the beers and bars...the metal from cars stuck in the arroyos or at the junker...the list of components is as amazing as the creativity.
buyers also come from all over the country. this show has really turned some heads and people come to shop, explore and get ideas.
children (young and old) come for the trashy make-and-take. always inspiring to see what a young artist has created from the scraps of life. you should see their proud faces! many of our local industries drop off cuttings or misprints that would go into the trash and the kids eat it up. my eliza gave me a bucket full of pop top tops. those will go in the make and take. a large eerie canopy that is ripped will also go in for the cutting and altering. seriously, this show is awesome!
tonight is the fashion show. i have seen this show go from three items to hundreds of extremely brilliant creations that are sought after by collectors. the founder of trash fashion in our neck of the woods, nancy judd, is an awesome force commissioned repeatedly by company's to showcase their efforts through fashion. unbelievable!
here are her 2009 garments made from the voting brochures, pamphlets and other obama ~get out the vote~ materials that would have been tossed after the election for which she worked. the jacket is all handwoven, cut and sewn from paper. it is now in the Smithsonian.

my buddy rick makes amazing artwork from scrap paper and plastic bags. he molds it, folds it, crushes, scrunches and holds it steady with a mix of materials to create beautiful artwork. his work is on display at pasqual's if your in town and the show isn't. he was even once commissioned to do a whole wedding with his paper and plastic bag flower creations. truly a deary.
here's to a trashy weekend of glorious righteous fun! cheers y'all.

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how delightful that you came to visit. i love your kind comments of all shapes and sizes. thank you very much indeed! darlene