Slanting from the upper middle across that right hand corner there are stack of seed beads, (see tutorial below, back in November, I think), surrounding chips cut from those fake credit cards that the banks send you hoping that you will go in debt to them soon. Because there is so much silver and blue here in the sky, I cut the silver printed fake numbers from blue background cards and GLUED them down with a bit of dimensional paint, (don't be shocked that I didn't sew them - I didn't want bead or thread to distract from the shine and detail of the numbers). (Hmmm, do I have some agenda, even elitist agenda about stitching down everything?? I'll ponder that.) (Google "slow art". Lots of talk about that recently.)
Just below that section, and again in the photo below, you'll see these great clear plastic/wire spirals. These are made from the wire with which some toys are affixed to their packaging. Also in these pictures you can see that silver swirl which is silver, (candy wrapper), paper cut to size and also glued down.
Credit card parts, packaging wires and candy wrappers are the "trash" embellishments on October Bird. I am going to enter Ms. Bird in a nature/art show at Waterfall Arts in Belfast Maine. Try www.waterfallarts.org/ February or March I think. Meredith said that they are thinking that they might have hundreds - 1500!! - of entries, all less than 12" x 12". It will be art about our human footprint on Earth. By putting throw-a-way trash into my pieces I hope to keep how much we toss - that is NOT bio-degradeable - into my/our minds. We have choices.
Paul McGurren is writing a dismal/brilliant series of articles about what we put into our landfills, and how it all gets processed. Try http://freepressonline.com/ Yuk!, but fascinating and abominable and gross and very brave of Paul. If we don't talk about it we won't have access to our healing imaginations. There must be a better way. I am not sure that we can make art of it all - though I do my best.Well, I am off to work on Valentines. I will show you how I am doing the next time that I write. I ran out of one of my bead colors and will have to see if I can get more next week. I hate that: I go to buy a $4 tube of beads and see about 1000 other beads, and their sisters that would work well too.....$$!! But I'm going to be a good girl this week. At the bead store.