As I contemplated my 2011 package project, I started to think about what went into the packages.
Many of my packages were bundles of like objects -- a lot of broken pencils, a lot of strange metal objects, a lot of styrofoam packing forms, a lot of selvages. These were the easiest bundles to make, because you wander about and notice a bunch of the same thing lying around, and what comes to mind but to put them together.
Often I made rather than found my identical things, cutting up a big piece of plastic or cardboard to make a set of bits that could be bundled together. This was fun; I like to sit and make fussy little constructions out of a bazillion little pieces, as witness most of my quilts. I enjoyed the decisions of how to cut and arrange the pieces as well as the actual binding or tying.
But I didn't always limit my packages to identicals. Often there would be two sets of objects put together: some metal surrounding some cardboard, or some plastic surrounded by cocktail picks. The two sets would usually seem to go together because of size: just enough cardboard to fill up the space between the metal brackets, the plastic folded to be the same length as the picks. I found that matchmaking was a lot of the fun of making these bundles.
Maybe this was my favorite bundle of the year: the beautiful green top of a silicon spatula that divorced from its handle, a piece of a venetian blind slat, some strange screws and bolts, including one in blue. It's tiny but everything seems to work together. Hey, just like art!