We tend to make stuff, live with it for a while, and then cut it up to make something new. We’ve got all of these bits of paper, and it just seems a shame to let them go. We’re making accordion fans out of library receipts, sewing together paper robots, and even playing with some extreme makeovers.
The process of just playing around with materials makes us happy. We’ve got process down, but final products are hard to come by. I always think that someday I’d like to put together a body of work – drawings, paintings, multi-media – but then I end up cutting everything up again. Hmmm… I’ll have to think about what that means.
In the meantime, in an effort to keep our beautiful collection of very important bits of paper, we’re getting serious about organizing. Well, loosely serious. The beautiful stuff bins that Celine gave us three years ago have gotten pretty mixed up, so it’s been hard to find the colors and textures we want, without dumping the bins out on the floor.
So we’re working on color coded bins – Isabel wrote the tags. It’s definitely an ongoing project. The bins are heavy on paper, but they also have other recycled materials, for various projects. We’ve got bins for the basic spectrum, and we’re including bins for white, black, brown, silver, gold, and clear.
How do you store materials that tend to get disorganized quickly? And if you’re an artist, how in the world do you keep yourself from cutting up your finished work?