Collection: Foundation work - Part 1 + 2

Waste Off!

Responding to the 'Waste Off' brief as part of the 'Gin Lane to Beer St' breif.

Finding a set of shelves

I knew that for the installation I would need a set of shelves to display the 'lost' objects. I researched on Freecycle in my local area and found some...

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They were completely too heavy though! So I went on a walk around Kentish Town and Camden Road... there are often things in people's from gardens as a lot of people are renovating.

In the end I found this hurray!

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And I had to transport it via skateboard...

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Making Fran and Kit's Scandinavian Christmas decorations

So one of the lost things I re-made was a set of Scandinavian Christmas decorations. Here is a picture that Fran sent me:

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This wasn't a very clear image so i looked online. This was one image which showed the bird decoration clearly:

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I made them out of reclaimed cardboard.

 

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I covered it with tissue paper, paint and glue which I already had.

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I added scrap ribbon and wool.

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Making Magdalene's lost gloves

I found a pair of old gloves on Ebay which resembled the ones I was recreating. I also looked into scrap leather but decided it would be too time consuming to actually make gloves from scratch and the leather I found was too think anyway.

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I found some scrap lace off a wedding invitation and attached this as the lost gloves had lace on them like this.

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Making my knitted wrist warmer

I found some wool in an Oxfam charity shop and used this to remake the lost hand warmer.

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Making Ruth's lost ring

This ring was originally made out of a spoon. I went to find an old spoon at Camden Market, and then I used the metalworking workshop to make it into a spoon. Here is a tutorial I found on the web.

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Making Kate's lunch

One of the lost items was a cheesy pasta lunch that was left on the train. I made this pasta and put it into a recycled tupperware box - I late ate it before it went off!

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Yum! well kind of... might add more cheese next time!

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Making Jenny's pearl earring

For this I found an old bead of a similar size, I scratched some of the paint of a second bead and covered the holes in the bead with it and stuck it to an earring back which I cut to the right size.

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Remaking Beth's travel diary

Beth sent me info about what the diary looked like and also some blog posts she wrote from around the same time:

https://merlinslittlefriend.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/week-1-delhi-leh-and-the-upper-indus/

https://merlinslittlefriend.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/the-journey-continues/

https://merlinslittlefriend.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/a-tale-of-five-rivers-and-one-more-addition-to-the-little-book-of-nails/

To do this I bought a diary made of recycled paper and decorated it.

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I visited a friend who went to Nepal too and too photos of her bus tickets etc. She also gave me some old Nepali money I could use.

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I photoshopped the names and dates and printed them on recycled paper.

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I printed some photos and also wrote the diary trying to imitate the handwriting sample Beth had sent me!

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So most of these materials were recycled, and I will be giving all of the items to the people who originally lost them (except Kate's lunch which i will eat because I can't post it!). So they won't go to waste...

the set of shelves is being used for an exhibition at collage, after that I could use it at home.

For good pictures of my finished items see my reflective journal.

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