Collage with Recycled Materials

The new style that I’m embarking on is based around the idea of wanting to repurpose plastic packaging, as well as junk mail and supermarket receipts, which always seem to have coupons printed on the reverse side.

For the plastic bags, I chop up all of the printed parts, place them in between two sheets of waxed paper positioned on an ironing board. Then I put the iron on a low setting and fuse all of these chopped up bits of plastic together into a sheet, from which I can then cut strips of varying widths. The junk mail, coupons, and coloured paper are also cut into strips of varying widths so that I can then arrange them in a way that’s pleasing to the eye.

I wanted the works to evoke thoughts on our consumerist society, so decided to use photocopied images of models from fashion magazines. I love the way that photocopy toner makes the images so much more graphic.

Model Society 1

The Model #1

Mixed Media with fused plastic, coupons, junk mail,

photocopy, and coloured paper, on paper

 

Model Society 2

The Model #2

Mixed Media with fused plastic, coupons, junk mail,

photocopy, and coloured paper, on paper

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

 

Shrinking a Plastic Pop Icon

In my last post I mentioned the idea I had for doing some pop art with the fused plastic technique. The pop icon I decided to pick on was Miley Cyrus. I reduced the image to two tones, printed it out, photocopied it up and traced it onto clear plastic with sharpies purple and orange. Then I simply placed a layer of clear plastic over the top and exposed Miley to the heat, which shrunk her, warped her, and put holes in her. I then fused the finished image onto previously fused translucent white plastic bags, so essentially, they were the ground.

plastic miley

Now I’m thinking of assembling her with some of the junkmail collages I’ve been working on.

 

Recycled Art Using Plastic Bags

I’ve been using my paper trimmer for slicing up junk-mail and supermarket receipts with coupons printed on the back, gluing these onto paper, but not knowing quite what to do with them. Over the last week I’ve been thinking about different ways that plastic supermarket bags could be used for art. I bought a kind of sharpie that is for writing on plastic, and today while trying it out, got the idea to then stick it over the paper collages. I think the result has a lot of potential to become affordable decorative art:

Black circles on coupons 1

Junk mail and plastic 1

display shot of 2 plastiques