Monday, July 12, 2010
Waste Not, Want Not
I'm sure all of you are familiar with this famous proverb that some have credited to Benjamin Franklin, and have no doubt heard it or even quoted it many times! Growing up as I did in a large family with limited resources, it was a daily motto and practice that I have inherited, and hopefully passed on to my 2 children! Of course at the time, the words "waste not, want not","making do", and "hand me downs" were not appreciated and I can actually remember being chased and made fun of for a mustard colored corduroy jumper ( a size too large) I wore to school that was not considered fashionable!! Oh the sweet memories (and not so sweet ones) of childhood!! Now it seems anything goes that you choose to wear and thankfully with age comes wisdom!! Is that another famous quote or proverb? I digress..back to my original thought...
I still practice these same principles in my life as well as in my art and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to find objects that no longer are usable for their specific purpose and reinvent or reuse them for a new one! When I find that small funnel, oil can, bobbin or spool, candlestick, salt shaker, glass insulator, old silver creamer or sugar, piece of vintage linen or fabric...you get the idea....my heart goes pitter patter and I have visions of make dos dancing in my head!!
When I first heard the title of a little book called, WASTE NOT WANT NOT, The Art of the Make-Do, I was intrigued and have been fortunate enough to now own my own copy! It is full of wonderful examples of early found objects, re-purposed into unique, sometimes humorous, and inventive repairs to create new purposes and to preserve the life of a former loved treasure! This book makes my heart sing!!
I'm sharing some pictures of make-dos I have made and I hope you will be inspired, and encouraged to begin your own quest for discarded objects and begin creating some special re-purposed treasures!! Perhaps you might even find a vintage old mustard colored corduroy jumper!!!
Happy Creating my friends!
The Possible's slow fuse is lit
By the Imagination.
~ Emily Dickenson