Numinous Trashformation

An amazing quantity of exotic materials flows through our households every day.

As a part of 1) my quest to divert some of the more charming of these objects away from the dumpster and 2) my need to reduce the volume of my in-studio recycling bins, I made this wrap.

I started with a long yellow foam tray that once held chicken breasts. I cut it in half and glued the two halves together. That leaves an almost-closed box; only the bottom is open.

Resolving to solve that later, I began to trim out the yellow box. The edge where the halves join I covered with a white cord taken from a shopping bag. I then glued dark-green chenille stems into vertical depressions in the foam tray. I glued orange-juice caps in a column between the stems. I clipped small shiny red beads from a scrap of bead-cord and glued them into the eye-shaped molded depressions in the foam tray.

After a bit of testing, I chose another foam tray for the base. I trimmed off the lip that runs around its edge and glued on a scrap of lime-colored ribbon. Then I placed the gift inside the yellow shell. I made a door in the base foam, so the gift could be removed without destroying the wrap; I taped the door shut. I glued the two foam objects together.

I was not yet ready to stop. The wrap seemed to want more. I glued a piece of black bag-handle¬† cord to the join between black and yellow foam. Adding these extra components have a powerful effect. The identity of the foam as food-packaging trash begins to recede, and the underlying power of the foam’s native form and its beautiful qualities asserts itself.

Thus inspired I took a single scrap of thick white foam from my tiny-foam-scraps bag. I cut it in half and had two Cycladic ears (c.f. church architecture of Santorini), which I glued to the top of the wrap. Picking up conceptual momentum, I added the red/white bag-handle cord. And I added the gold fringe ribbon to the ears.

I stood back and contemplated the wrap. It had a new and mysterious appeal, all its own, of numinous packaging.

Band Wrap on Gold-Dot Paper

I’m still working on posts of this past christmas’ wraps. I did lots of band wraps because of their speed and verve. This polka-dot foil paper came from a calendar’s wrap.

The bands include three from magazines, one from red holiday wrap, and one that is blue gauze ribbon. A small label tag was made of the yellow foil paper.

Red-Rocker Wrap

I have put legs on my packages before. But I had not tried rockers. These red ones are saved from those cylindrical boxes that some raisins use. They are small and thus require a very small package. And the package itself requires that some weight be added inside to the bottom of the package, so that the wrap actually rocks instead of just falling over. The rectangular cut out area in the lids must extend below the center of the circles.

The wrap on the little box started out with some red-foil holiday paper. But there was not enough contrast with the lids. I folded two magazine-page bands and wrapped them around the original wrap, leaving some of the foil paper peeking out. I hot-glued the red lids onto the bottom and sides of the wrap.

When I was done with that, I felt that the spots where the circle reached the top of the wrap needed punctuation, so I then glued on small gold bows. Last of all I added gold bows to the ends of the wrap.

I plan to find two matching lids with a larger radius and carry on my experiments in rocker wrapping.