Sunday, 29 March 2009

What's in the bag



Guess where I went on Saturday. That's right, the Reverse garbage art truck. For twenty five Aussie dollars you get to fill a large garbage bag with whatever you can fit in it. I came away with heaps of fabric, foam blocks, circle shapes, carpet spools, wire mesh, tape and timber dowels. It's always interesting to go to these depots, there are two as far as I know. They have such an array of off cuts and waste products that are fabulous for art projects.

Below is a sample of what was in the bag, there was lots of fabric that's not visible.






After that we went to the beach at Mornington on the Peninsula and had a lovely lunch and wandered around the shops, they have some nice ones. The weather was perfect. I always take a journal with me wherever I go and usually do a quick sketch of the setting and then add their business card to the page, it brings back lovely memories when I peruse my journal at a later date.



Finally today I made an effort to clean up my jewellery table, I think this is about as good as it will get. I like to have my 'stuff' around as I work. The two white polystyrene boxes at the ends of the table are packaging from computer boxes. They have compartments in them that are great for holding my tools and all the other odds and ends that go with the trade.

The necklace I'm working on at the moment is just visible at the bottom of the photo and will go on my Etsy store when it's finished. I'm naming it 'The Sewer', it's comprised of lots of sewing related items including my fabric beads, a swatch 'book' of fabric held together with very old buttons, an attachment from a very old sewing machine, a bobbin and press studs and hooks.


30 comments:

Janette Kearns Wilson said...

Lovely photo of you Ro.
Congatulations on the cleanup though I am amazed at how organised you are.
Wait til I post pictures of my clean up ready for the inspections!

Judy said...

Stunning photo Ro!!!

Maria said...

Wow, I love your work area Ro! those journal pages are fabulous, I'm really getting the urge to get into journalling & bookmaking, for a break from painting :)

Shayla said...

I love all the organized bins in your workshop and getting that garbage bag full of loot must have been a blast.

Cre8Tiva said...

this would be so much fun...filling the bag and cleaning my studio so i can find the table top...my 3rd blogaversary is this week...i will be having a BIG GiVe AwAy...please spread the word and come enter!! blessings, rebecca

Jeane said...

reverse garbage - what a great name for this exchange - after all, someone else's trash can be our treasure - love seeing your workspace...

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katie jane said...

Wow, how fun is this bag?? We don't have anything like that here in the States. Wish we did. I really like that black fabric to the right of the photo. You got some real goodies. Can't wait to see all that you do with them.
I think your table looks sufficiently organized. And I love the "sewer's" theme necklace.

azirca said...

Wow! what a GIANT bag of goodies... that should keep you busy for quite some time.
Love the photos of your jewellery workspace, looks pretty organised to me, love all of those little drawers!

Hope that your mouth is healing up and that you are feeling better.

Mary lin Huskamp said...

Boy, do I need to follow your example. All is looking GREAT and your photo is super!

I always love visiting your blog.

Take care!

enchantedcurious said...

Ohhhhh. You didnt stop by (next time).
I so love reverse garbage.
x mandy

Robyn said...

Great photo of you Ro. The idea of filling bags with offcuts and arty materials is wonderful. I wish someone would think of it here. Must have been fun!

grrl+dog said...

reverse garbage is such good fun. And the workspace is magnificent.. I spent th entire weekend sorting mine,,, *grumble*

Jacky said...

Your jewellery room looks sooo tidy! I must get into tidy up mode (after Matt goes back to Sydney will re-arrange my room).

Love the photo of you with your journal Ro.

Those fabrics are scrummy!!!!

Jacky xox

dieadjustormigrate said...

we have a shop like that here. they have bins and bins of cast offs from companies and you can buy them cheap, cheap, cheap and make art. it is wonderful! i love the photo of you with your journal. did i tell you that i was inspired by your junk mail journal and so made one of my own? i love working in it! thanks for the inspiration!!!
Olwyn

Belinda said...

Hi Ro what a great big bag of fun, I wish we had a place like that. We do have lots of recycle shops etc but you have to hunt for your bargains. The necklace you are wearing is gorgeous. So jealous of your space I have all my art gear in containers and cupboards oh how I'd love to have a dedicated place to create, it would be as messy as it liked lol. Belinda

Steph said...

Love to look at your studio!
What a great concept this reverse garbage sale! Wish there was something like that here ( well maybe not a good idea ... I have hardly any room for my stuff ! haha!)! Lovely photo of you !

Heather said...

What a great bag of goodies - you have enough stuff their to keep you going for quite a while. Your workspace is so organised - I do try but fail whenever I start a new project. Your journal looks very interesting and I love the necklace you are wearing in the photo.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Hi I've come over from "textures shapes and color". I love this reverse garbage and think you are the true winner...wonderful finds!

Tracy said...

That is one impressive jewellery table!! do you know if there is a web site or something for reverse garbage? I remember there was something like it in/near Newcastle but can't really remember. I have attempted some journal type pages after looking at your lovely work :)

Kim said...

I am soo jealous! What a wonderful find. Wish we had something like that here, but i think I might need a semi-trailer to cart it all hope, lol. Your studio desk area looks great, soo tidy! Makes me want to open all those little drawers to peek inside. Please, show us the necklace when you are finished with it.

Lost Aussie said...

Great stash you garnered...what a fab idea for exchanging bits and pieces.

Miriam said...

wow your bead area is very well stocked. I must get to reverse garbage again one of these days . looks like you picked up some great stuff!

robin dudley-howes said...

ro, the flicker pics of your necklaces....I LOVE them!

robin

Elizabeth said...

What a fabulous haul form the reverse Garbage!! I need to find something like this in the states!!I know that you will find amazing things to do with all of it!!I am looking forward to seeing that new necklace! Sounds sew yummy!
hugs!
Elizabeth

sharon young said...

Phew!! I wish we had one of those recycling art thingies in the UK, what a great resource, the only thing is, my studio would be even more full up than it is now.
You are an inspiration, I keep trying to get into the habit of taking my sketch book everywhere but it hasn't happened yet :-(

Karen Cole said...

Love the idea of filling up a garbage bag!!

I am always amazed at how neat and tidy other peoples work spaces are. I bet you can find everything, huh. Who knows what lurks in my studio.

....and hey, who is that super model wearing the gorgeous jewelry?

Patrice said...

Very cool blog - found you through Jeane's blog - can't believe I hadn't come across it before. Love the jewelry - but everything is interesting !

Joy Logan said...

We had a shop in town like that with goodies by the pound. Like I need to add more stuff to my mess,lol. You I am sure will use yours!

Ann Christine Dennison said...

Nice seeing a photo of you Ro :-)Your necklace looks really good on you.

I loved seeing your studio, it is such an inspiration seeing other peoples spaces.

I am amazed at the stuff you found, lots of great things to be inspired by!