Mar 3 2011

batgirl ball cap [minimalist challenge item #14]

[item] Batgirl ball cap

[purchase info] I received this as a gift

[time in my possession] Approximately 3 years

[last used] Over a year

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Thrift store

[info] I just don’t wear ball caps that often, so this was not easy to part with.  I like it and I wish it was a t-shirt.


Feb 2 2011

where is she? [day 251]

I still need to get rid of some of my clothing.  I downsized by 50% a few weeks ago, but there’s still a few more pieces I could part with.  I was thinking about the clothing again after a short trip I took recently.

I went house hunting last Sunday, no, not to buy one, but to look for an abandoned house.  I’m part of a photo group that goes to small towns looking for abandoned houses, vacant buildings, old vehicles or anything else that has been left to deteriorate and wither away.  We’re never disappointed.  This last trip to Krum, Texas produced an abandoned house, a school bus, a fire truck and a semi truck, among other things.  The abandoned houses are always left full of stuff, but the things that surprise me the most is the clothing and the photographs left behind.  Who leaves a house without taking these things?

Just to give you an idea, this was the living room, going into the kitchen.

These are pics of the clothing left behind.

The nightgown still hanging on the back of the door…

I always wonder what the story is, but have yet to find one.  I’m led to look at the artifacts, ponder the possibilities and create my own fictional tale.

It’s dusk, the daylight slowly fading away.  The stuffed pig is sad, waiting patiently for the missing woman that should be coming home now.  After a long bath, she will put on the flowered gown.  Where is she?  Rarely is she late.  What was that?  A sound, followed with silence.  Silence that has turned to deafness over the years.  Still waiting.  It’s dusk.  Where is she?


Nov 25 2010

introducing [trashograms]

This is the half year art project… trashograms.  What is a trashogram?

Trashograms: The process of scanograms and the trash society challenge, combined to create interest and look at ‘stuff‘ in a different and fun way.

If you would like more info about trashograms, please click the blog page “what is a trashogram?” for details.  I will be creating 2 trashograms a week for the rest of the challenge.  Some might be in my regular, daily blog posts, others might be posted separately.  Here’s the first one.

This trashogram was made from saved stuff in our art-junk drawer.  These have the feel of an I Spy book page and that’s no accident.  Although you’re not looking for a list of objects, you can look for metaphorical interpretations of trash society issues.  Let me give you a little background on this image.

    • Most of the items were found on the ground in parking lots and the sunglasses came out of a trash can.
    • The fortunes came from cookies and were saved over the last 2 years.
    • The rest of the objects came out of the recycling bin.
    • The texture on the image was overlaid from an abandoned building.

Here’s something to look at as an example. The king of hearts with the bent penny could mean “cash is king” or “we love money”.  These images, by their objects and the placement of them, can have many significant meanings, some more than others.  If you like visually cryptic art puzzles, you’re in the right place!

There’s a lot of art in our trash society.  If you have any requests or ideas, post a comment.  :)