Recycled Art with Junk Mail and Fused Plastic

After using my paper trimmer to chop up some junk mail into different widths of vertical strips, I took some pieces of paper which I had painted on with water and indian ink and put them into my newly acquired paper shredder. I then collaged the strips side-by-side onto 620gsm paper. The previous day I had been fusing together pieces of plastic bags. Today I cut a primitive/naive looking hand from one of those fused plastic collages. I then cut out two sides of of a white translucent shopping bag and fused the hand shape in between to two sheets of white ( kind of “trapping’ it in the plastic).

I then glued the plastic onto the collaged paper strips, which created an interesting visual effect, while also serving to protect the surface.

It all sits inside a recycled frame which I did a white on black DIY crackle effect on.

Plastic hand 1

 

Experiments with Fused Plastic

I decided to share these two experiments that I did today, by way of fusing old plastic shopping bags with a household iron. The images are done with the kind of Sharpie marker that is designed to write on CDs etc. The plastic shrinks and wrinkles, giving an interesting effect by creating texture and morphing the images drawn onto the bags:

black hand on fused plastic 1

nude woman on fused plastic 1

The photo quality aint great, but you get the idea. I think plastic could be a good medium with which to do pop art. I like the idea of the hand, since you could think of plastic as being today’s cave wall, or it may evoke thoughts about the hand and its relationship to the plastic bag.