Posts Tagged ‘art’

The one where Owls are made from Paper Cups.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Oh… My… Gawd!

It seems I was right. Catering disposable products seem to be the medium of choice for aspiring artistes at present.

One time Friends star Maggie Wheeler (Janice) can currently be found on the Magpie Time website showing kids how to create cardboard owls from disposable paper cups, plastic coffee lids, drink holders and alot of glue.

Janice Maggie and a bunch of other LA based artists, animators, writers and actors formed the Magpie Time group in the early 90’s.

After reading an entertaining story about an owl, the groups founder Pat Roberts, a Los Angeles-based fine artist, was asked by his children how to make one. This was the beginning of MAGPIE TIME. Rather than go out and buy supplies or a ready-made kit, Pat thought there had to be a simpler, more environmentally responsible, and less “packaged” way to spend time on an art project with his kids. So that morning’s coffee cups, lids, sleeves and tray holder became the first owl.

The concept of the group is to teach arts and crafts to children in an accessible and entertaining manner, using materials found in the house and everyday life: plastic bottles, paper coffee cups, lids, paper towel/toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes etc.

Apologies for the rapping…..

The Official Magpie Time sizzle reel from Magpie Time on Vimeo.

Artistic use for Catering Disposables

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Tara Donovan at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston  has created a number of works of art from some of our more mundane catering disposable products, namely White Paper Plates, Plastic Non Vending Cups, Drinking Straws and Toothpicks to name a few.

As you can see below the works resemble rocks, seas, clouds, mountain ranges and other natural formations. The Brooklyn sculptor was named a MacArthur Fellow last month, receiving a £500,000 ‘Genius Grant’ in the process.

 

Plastic Cupstoothpicks
Plastic CupsPaper Plates
Plastic CupsDrinking Straws
Drinking StrawsPlastic Cups
Plastic CupsPaper Plates
Donovan says of her work, “it is not like I’m trying to simulate nature. It’s more of a mimicking of the way of nature, the way things actually grow. My work might appear ‘organic’ or ‘alive’ specifically because my process mimics, in the most elementary sense, basic systems of growth found in nature.”