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List of Weekly Materials and Guidelines

Weekly Materials (starting March 2020):

Week of March 16 (due March 22) – Paper envelopes


Projects are “due” by the end of the assigned week. I will try to post as many images as possible in the week following the deadline. In the interim, please feel free to send work-in-progress images, comments on what it is like to work with each material, and resources related to the material and how to work with it, safety precautions, etc. I preserve the right to decide which images will and will not be posted.  Some images may show a particularly interesting technique or successful final piece.  Others may be valuable for their experimental quality, expression of lessons learned, etc.  If you play with the material and didn’t produce a final piece that you wish to share, but you feel you learned something useful from exploring the material, your contribution can simply be a comment about what you learned (frustrations, triumphs, realizations, etc.).

If you have suggestions for future materials, please let us know.  Materials must be 1) common enough that people will not have much trouble collecting them and 2) non-toxic when used in most processes (plastic bags are pretty safe unless you melt them, but altered batteries are almost always dangerous to handle).  Also, not always required (but preferred), materials should be recyclable in many jurisdictions.

These guidelines are really just suggestions, but priority will be given to posting work that stays within them. They are not hard and fast rules and your work may not be rejected if you don’t follow them, but please try.

If you are inspired to do something that falls outside the guidelines, just keep in mind that the goal of this project is to explore the materials themselves without increasing landfills with our work. The suggestion to include a moving element is merely a reminder to try to go beyond the purely visual in your exploration.


Special attention will be given to pieces that:

1)  Are still fully recyclable as is (no disassembly required in order to be thrown in the recycling  bin), and especially if they were made using only one material

2) Were made using only reused material (even better if all material is recyclable), including method of assembly (no adhesives or new connectors, but used string, wire, etc., are welcome)

3)  Incorporate moving parts or display some kind of overall movement.


With all submissions, please include:

1) A list of materials used

2) A description of the techniques used

3) (Optional) Your name and/or the town/city/state where you live.
Other helpful (but not required) information includes details about how you solved a technical problem, issues you encountered with this particular material, or special tools that were useful when using this material.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2009 9:38 pm

    As a suggestion for monthly recycled material……

    I and several of my friends have been saving those mesh bags that you receive with bunches of onions, other vegetables and some fruits. ome stretch and some don’t, come in bright colors and there must be some good uses for them.

    • December 8, 2009 10:09 pm

      Yes! Me too! The colors are fabulous! And they are wonderfully stretchy. That will definitely be a material for the future. I am trying to pick a couple of less textile-oriented materials over the next few months for those among us who are less fiber-focused. But if you want to start playing with those, your time will not be wasted.

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