I have been musing on and off about guidelines for a long time now. As I still don’t know what I’m doing exactly, it’s a very difficult task to set rules for myself and others. But, in this amount of time, this is what I’ve come up with.
It should be made of, with, or using a tangible object.
Objects are things that are tangible, that you can feel and move and not copy without effort. Objects are things that, multiplied and put to the wrong use, make a devastating impact on the world. Chris Jordan has many photos of the type of medium you should fill your palette with. Reusing things like digital images and music is lovely, and should be encouraged in that it does not violate the copyrights of the creator. There are places for that kind of art – but this place is specifically made to house images of tangible things.
It should be made of, with, or using something you already have.
If possible, this item should be made from things you already have. This blog aims to eliminate waste, on a personal level. It would be counter to the purpose of this blog to create something of entirely new materials. If you must buy your materials, buy them second hand. If you must use new materials (like glue), do not use a large amount of them.
It should be made of, with, or using something you do not otherwise use.
Use of an item negates its wastefulness. The items you should look for should be wasted, unwanted items. Wastes of space. Wastes of time. Wastes of resources. These items are the ones we want to put to use: the mass of unused things we take for granted.
New use should trump old use.
Let me give you an example. If something has no use, feel free to make art out of it – but if that thing has a use, even a use you cannot personally put it to, you should not use it. Clothing that can be used to clothe the naked should not be used to make a quilt for a person who has one already.
Materials should be used up.
Not necessarily on the same project. Don’t make a habit of storing up stuff for your next project though. Materials made more useless is not this blog’s goal. Reuseitup.
I can’t think of a better way to end, but I’m sure I’ll be adding more in the future.