I want to start this post by telling a story, or maybe an experience is a better word for it.
I needed to take my car in to get a recall part installed and I came prepared with a cross stitch project and my ipod. My fellow waiting-roomers brought their laptops and blackberries and were busy in their personal portable worlds. I decided to branch out and read the actual paper magazines that were strewn around the various side tables. They were ones I don't generally read and boy did I learn a lot! I came away with 3 pages of notes on things I read about and planned to research and learn more about.
All I'm saying is that reading different things in addition to your bookmarked favorite places or in the section of the book store you always hit can lead to some really great creativity.
Such is the case with this book:
Cara Brower, Rachel Mallory, Zachary Olhman
This book highlights new ways of thinking about
sustainable design. It is a collection of outstanding and
innovative product, graphic, fashion, and environmental
designs. The thoughts of the world’s leading designers—
Ezio Manzini (Italy), Ed Van Hinte (the Netherlands),
Droog members Richard Hutten (the Netherlands) and
Bless (France), Tom Dixon (UK), Jan Dranger (Sweden)
and Edwin Datschefski (UK)—provide grounding in the
materials, methods, and processes behind outstanding
Experimental Eco Design offers inspirational reading for
anyone interested in green design, while behind-the-scenes
profiles of key companies and individuals enables working
designers to further their knowledge of good working
practice and techniques. A directory offers an extensive
source listing of materials, manufacturers, design studios,
Cara Brower and Rachel Mallory are graduates of the
University of Cincinnati’s prestigious five-year graphic
design and co-op program.
Rachel is a trained
industrial designer who lives in California. Cara, a
trained graphic designer, lives in New York.
Click on the images below and read all about these great cardboard chairs that not only are made from recycled cardboard pulp but can be returned to the soil with no lasting mark on the earth!
So using the concept of molding recycled paper into something new this is what I came up with:
I kept the extra paper napkins that came with my take-out (they would normally just get thrown out after being on the table) and went to my candy molds to see what would make an interesting element, well you really can't go wrong with a bunny now can you?
I ripped the paper napkins into random small pieces and moistened them with water on a paint brush to get them to sink into the mold. I kept layering the paper napkins until I had 3 or 4 layers.
I allowed it to dry and then I popped it out of the mold.
To jazz it up a bit I painted it with Plaid's Extreme Glitter in Gold.
Then I hot glued a bit of ribbon on the back of each element to form loops. My plan is that these could be used as ornaments.
I stapled them onto the card taking care to encase the ribbon and not pierce it.
It is now safely stored in my Card Album and will be awaiting any additional touches or be ready to give.
What was the last thing you read that was out of your norm? And how did you happen apon it?
As a thanks for answering you will be entered to win a free book!