52 Bags of Inspiration
52 Bags of Inspiration was sort of a reverse challenge project I started in 2006. Readers sent me bags of items they didn’t know how to use, and I created projects with them, photographing my process as I worked. The project ended in 2008, and I am no longer accepting submissions—but the articles remain, because there’s some pretty interesting stuff to be gleaned from them.
Sometimes, I pile of unrelated items is just a pile of unrelated items—but there’s still some inspiration to be found in them.
My local newspaper put together a Project Runway type project using Barbies. Here’s my entry.
Lots of little game pieces turn into lots of jewelry.
“A big pile of junk” turns into two lovely finished pieces.
Three lovely sheets of paper, using three different methods.
An old metal slide holder makes the ideal altered treasure chest.
This proves that nothing is safe—not even the paint leftover from middle schooler’s art projects.
Lazelle is a middle school art teacher, and she sent me goodies from her smock pockets and desk drawer.
Cards from foil teabag wrappers? Why not!
For Valentine’s Day, I made a sweet little heart-themed book from Shannon’s oval playing cards.
At my house, everything that holds still long enough will be turned into a book—including Shutterfly envelopes.
Esmeralda sent me “a baggie of stuff both to stump you and to help me figure what to do with it”—was I stumped, or did I turn them into something unexpected?
Pat sent an interesting assortment of Mona Lisa themed items. See how they were transformed.
Questions. You had them. I’ve answered them here.
Wondering about the weird name? Here’s the lowdown about how I originally thought this would work—and didn’t.
Here’s a description of the original project. Please note that I am no longer accepting submissions for this challenge.