We know we've got some creative, resourceful listeners. So, inspired by the publication of our new book Spark: How Creativity Works, we asked listeners to showcase their creativity in our Material Mashup contest, and invited them to share with us examples of something creative they made from unexpected materials. The contest is now over, but you can still share your creations here. We love seeing your mashups!
Check out all of the great entries we received below!
I built a cow out of milk containers. "Luella" was 5 ft tall at her highest point. I entered her in the "funky heifer" contest as part of the the Strolling of the Heifers Parade in Brattleboro, Vermont. I got an honorable mention!
The best parts of Luella were her pink tongue, cut out of a cardboard strawberry milk container, and her nostrils, which were inverted caps to half-and-half containers.
I make enigmatic yet ontologically charged objects out of discarded plastic bags and dead branches. I use the ubiquitous detritus of both civilization and natural world. I do so because each in its way is ladened with sorrow and ripe with decay. As an artist, I engage the grotesque in pursuit of the numinous. My aim is to create objects that have an uncanny, haunting aura.
Figure made from wire, a pair of old work gloves, a porcelain doll face found in a gutter. The base is again an old wooden foundry form.
MothHead. Created from found materials; bones, cloth, string, an old moth I found and kept for future use. Base is an old foundry form I found in a junk shop.
Rabbit Head. Sculpture made of found materials, scraps, bits from junk shops. The base is an old foundry form I found.
Two of my favorite hobbies are re-purposing items and interior design.
On frequent trips to salvage and second-hand stores, I began noticing
CD/DVD racks of the same style that reminded me of an oriental table
lamp, which I had previously restored. I purchased several of these for $1-2 each, and decided to make a "lamp cluster". The fabric-covered and painted shades were fashioned from vinyl shelving liner (the kind that comes with those steel shelf units), as were the back plates combined with a piece of plastic packaging which supports the lamp socket. The lamps were wired in tandem and controlled by a single on/off/dimmer switch. I ended up with a sculptural art installation that doubles as accent lighting.
My 36" square quilt was made with all scraps. The selvages are the ends with words and generally gets thrown out. It is densely quilted with a lime green thread. The inside is quilted with a multi color thread.
I titled it: That's Graphic!
After I finished my PhD and separated from my husband, I moved to a new town with almost nothing. I had my grandmother's silver, a folding table, and an office chair. Oh, and of course my books and my laptop. I started to accumulate furniture from various places and decided I would make my own headboard out of pieces of wood I found in the neighborhood. While attaching it to the wall, I realized I had set it up so a huge knot was at the back. Trying to chisel off the knot, I drove a knife into the bottom of my foot (about an inch and a half, to the base of the blade). I had to call one of the few people I knew in town to take me to the emergency room because I didn't have a car.
materials: wood, brass hardware, paint, fabric.
I saw a tired couple enter an LA bus at the end of a long working day with their eight or nine year old son. The dad cradled the son, who promptly fell asleep. It was a touching moment and reminded me yet again how annoying it was when people say "no one takes the bus in LA." These people are not no one.
I used bits of New Yorker, the inside of a chocolate covered pretzel bag, yarn, rose petals, beads, nails, and mod-podge.
I have a fascination with light and reflections. I am a photographer but am not satisfied with just taking a shot - I want to do more. This shot started out as a sunset on a beach. The sun had slipped beyond the horizon but the glow remained. I turned the image on it's side, cropped it and then manipulated it in Lightroom. I had no intentional direction - I just tweaked until this was revealed.
-- Dressed in Their Finest Attire -- Our Daily Objects, what worlds do they inhabit when not in our service?
One complete roll of used adding machine tape, straws and pins. The initial transformation was a pile of used tape flowing from the machine on a colleague's desk. The pile was a thing of beauty. I scooped it up ad re-rolled it. The tape then appeared as part or an installation - looping and twisting through the air and ending in a small spiral that became this large piece. It hangs over my desk waiting patiently for a companion in the form of another spiral to emerge from the drawer where all my used tape is placed.
Dollar bills blow through our fingers like dust in the wind.
-- Savings Account --
The world sits heavy on our shoulders. We all need a day at the beach.
-- Fork & Spoon -- It's the simple things.
-- While We're Not Watching --
-- Snack -- It looks too good to eat! Take a picture, best of both worlds.
-- Soap and Sponges -- Morning becomes them...
-- UTENSILS -- A life of their own.