More Buttons, More MAD, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Rounded

It’s hard to get more rounded than a button, so I’ll take this excuse to post yet another kind of button collection —

Assorted buttons...

Assorted buttons… mostly rounded.

Not that this is a conscious collection, it’s a group of ‘found’ buttons I put together when I came across them while packing up. Some must have been Bob’s (Politically Incorrect). Later I found political buttons old enough to have been his father’s, but by now they’re packed up again. They may show up in a later post.

Here’s a button collection from a display at MAD’s (the Museum of Art and Design) Counter Couture show last March.  It’s a time-capsule, an interesting aside to the exhibition, and a flashback if you remember the Sixties (but as the saying goes, if you remember the Sixties you weren’t really there). It was a big time for buttons, so someone got a little humor out of the ‘Ban Buttons’ button —

The Sixties: Buttons at MAD Counter Couture

A Historical View: Sixties Buttons at MAD’s Counter Couture

While we’re at MAD,  here’s a view of a gorgeous and eye-popping crocheted wrap and bathing suit with rounded patterns. Curves may have been synonymous with groovy there for a while. —

Birgitta Bjerke - Red Hands bathing suit , 1968

Birgitta Bjerke – Red Hands bathing suit (wool), and on the wall, Heather Daltrey coat , 1968 (wool)  Wait, what — wool bathing suit?

As for the Sixties, here’s a test: “Remember what the dormouse said?”

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Repurposing, Upcycling, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

I’m going for a photo of a minimalist object — one of my favorites from a show at MAD (the Museum of Art and Design) that Sam and I saw on last week’s art-fix trip to New York.

The U Rock Chair from the Museum of Art and Design, NYC

The U Rock Chair from the Museum of Art and Design, NYC

Why is it call the U Rock Chair? Easy: turn it upside down and it’s a rocking chair — too bad I can only do that with a photo —

Envision the U Rock Chair as a rocker

Envision the U Rock Chair as a rocker

The chair is designed to be made from PET bottles made of recyclable plastic, a good example of repurposing. Brazilian artists Davi Deusdará, Érica Martins, Raphael Studart, and Tais Costa proposed this project for the Battery Conservancy outdoor seating competition.

Repurposing (or “upcycling”) is one of the themes of the “New Territories” exhibition at MAD. Here are a couple more examples:

Thierry Jeannot -- Green Transmutation Chandelier, 2010 (made of reclaimed PET plastic bottles)

Thierry Jeannot — Green Transmutation Chandelier, 2010 (made of reclaimed PET plastic bottles)

Pedro Reyes, "Guitarra", 2013. This artist refashions confiscated guns into musical instruments, such as this guitar form.

Pedro Reyes, “Guitarra”, 2013. This artist refashions confiscated guns into musical instruments.

Pedro Reyes, "Guitarra", 2013, detail. This artist refashions confiscated guns into musical instruments.

Guitarra: detail.

Repurposing is important on my own road to minimalism, (Hoarder’s gotta come clean somehow, right?) though my own examples are much less dramatic. Most recently, I’m proud to have found a home for three quilts. My aunt bought the already-vintage quilt tops at an estate sale back in the early 1970’s, and my mother had them finished by a local quilter. They’ve had some good use over time, and now, at the hands of a friend and expert seamstress, they’ll be made into new items fashioned from existing quilts. Since quilts are made to repurpose fabric scraps in the first place, I’d call this a double victory.

Here are two of the quilts, ready to enter the 21st century — a few of the fabric pieces are worn through, so most but not all is re-usable.

Quilt with green backing

Blue and red quilt with dark red backing

— with thanks to Pip and her blog at Sustainablility Soapbox for reminding me that repurposing is worthy of sharing. Here’s her post about using scrabble tiles for art. I like the comment about using the term “artcycling” instead of “upcycling”.

What are you repurposing, upcycling, or artcycling this week?

 

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New Territories at the MAD Nov 4 2014 through April 6 2015

(see more about New Territories on twitter: #NTrepurposing and #NTspace)