Friday, January 16, 2015

"Arty" Time

Occasionally, I feel guilty about taking a "gift" from a business only to repurpose it. I understand the business is offering magnets and calendars in order to advertise, and when I deface those things, it's defeating the company's purpose.

In all fairness, however, I don't need the company's address, phone number and e-mail. It's 2015, and it's easy enough to look up that information using my cell phone. Some day these bits and pieces will be obsolete. Businesses will realize they're wasting money. When that happens, I'll be a bit sad. 

I often go to Postal Annex for help with color copies. It's not a DIY kind of place. It's not me fiddling around with settings and making a million copies before I get what I want. Instead, the owner and handful of employees take the time to do the job for me. They even color correct. And I feel good for working with local businesses that likely struggle to compete with places like Staples or Kinkos or Office Depot, etc.

Around Christmas, Postal Annex began giving out these calendar magnets.  Yesterday, I altered one. I began by peeling the shiny paper away from the backing. Adhering papers to a glossy surface is an invitation to disaster. 

I'm participating in a time/clock-themed swap. I've gathered a number of interesting papers and tidbits for my partner's package, but I wanted to add some things I made. I cobbled this character's body out of random bits and pieces. I stamped the edges with a hand-carved arrow stamp, which echoes her angular body parts.