I had the pleasure yesterday of working with three fourth-grade classes to help them make art from found objects (aka junk), a gig that was arranged by my friend and fellow fiber artist Melinda Snyder, their art teacher. A month ago Melinda shared some photos of my found-object art and instructed the kids to start finding their own stuff at home or on the street.
I told them that the most important thing in making art from miscellaneous stuff is to think of a way to make the disparate things play well together. Six different methods came to mind, each one illustratable by some work from the show I had in spring.
First, make a picture.
Second, find a "picture" in an intriguing object.
Third, use multiples.
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Hey, that's enough for one day. Tomorrow I'll tell you about three more methods of organizing junk into art.