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My favorite time of the year

OK! its hard garbage time in my neck of the woods. I’m a hoarder, so it’s really hard for me to throw anything out , if I think I can use it in my art and of course thats everything.

This year, I actually found some old mattress’s, a toaster and some odd bits of wood in the shed to throw- out for the garbage man. They are sitting out the front of my house now, waiting to be picked up.

I must not weaken and grab them back at the last minute. Now the toaster was a hard one to let go. “Could I pull it apart and use it in my sculpture or box assemblage?” No! I told myself I don’t need it and tossed it.

The other side of hard garbage for me is the delicious bits and pieces I find. Yes, I’m one of those scavengers; you probably hate, but for good reason… It’s all art materials and I’m recycling . Most of my European Sculptures  were created from hard garbage I collected from Australia, UK and Europe.

Many artist around the world make wonderful Hard Garbage Art.

Lets face it,  most of  it goes into landfill stuffing up the earth anyway. So, why not? recycle it into something new and useful.

If the owners are around I do ask first and usually they are happy for me to take it. I have never had a problem with anybody. I even made a few friends along the way.What a small world it is, when complete strangers know someone you know, or have the same interests  as you.

The history behind the discarded item always fascinates me too, and this can sometimes be the starting point in my creations.

So yesterday, on my way to shops I didn’t deliberately go out looking , but, on the communal rubbish heap at the end of my street, a couple of things beckoned to me.

I just couldn’t pass by the 2 large plastic, terrarium domes and an old skateboard  with its spray painted artwork. Both will be perfect for my sculpture and installation work. Imagine the little worlds I could create inside those domes…

Now, what can I do with a toaster and the old microwave?

RecycleRedesignRecreateReclaimReuseRemake

My house and studio is stuffed with junk for my creative projects….

I have been collecting since I was born. I used to hide stuff under my bed in boxes as a child .As an adult I’m still putting stuff into boxes, plastic bags and other strange things. I view my collections as arrangements. They are all art installations scattered around my place as well as material for use in my art and craft projects.

Walking through the streets to the local shop I always come home with something foot- trodden. A piece of paper, packaging, a bright piece of plastic, glass, all will be used in my creations eventually. When I travel overseas (much to the sometimes embarrassment to friends and family) I often pick up off the ground, bottle tops, lolly papers, wires bright bits of plastic, even if an item disturbs me I’ll bring it home. On a tour once in Europe the whole busload of passengers collected bottle tops for me.

My stuff may brood for years in a dark space or cupboard till I come across it again sending me off on another project. On my last trip ovrseas, I came home with 40 kilo of junk. I collected baguette bags,packaging, bits of string,wire,tags, advertising, stones, free ad cards, labels from food items, torn posters, a book and papers from a bin.

I collect found photographs and make up my own stories about the images. I collect found images, negatives, scientific stuff,equations, wire,tin,bones, animal skeletons,fur, hair,watches, old mobile covers, eye glasses, shrivelled things,found numbers and fonts from keyboards, magazines and advertising,boxes, packaging,all sorts paper, vintage clothes, fabrics, wall papers,shells, driftwood, snowglobes, toys, childrens books,games and so much more.

What do you like to collect?