Rubber Chickens In The Arts

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Here’s another fun Library District competition I entered in 2010 using all recycled materials.  This was a challenging and fun project because it forced me to use rubber chickens in a creative way to promote reading.

I entitled my piece William Shakespeare’s “Omelet.”

I received the “Most Creative Individual” award 🙂

Stage Base: Old box painted black

Plastic Egg (on stage floor) and Rubber Chickens – “Omelet and Horatio” donated by a neighbor

Stage backdrop: Old book painted black, then pasted background graphics I created on to it

Front and Back of the book: pasted graphics of “Omelet” title and of William Shakespeare with “No rubberChickens were harmeth…”

Capes and tunics: sewn from recycled materials (cotton, silk, suede) from my arts and crafts box

Props: Graphics of tombstones printed and then cut out. Omelet holds a broken eggshell in his hand.  Bookmark made from recycled gold ribbon and a feather

I really love to play with words and after the project was done I regretted not calling my project “Sheggspeare’s Omelet.”  I also regretted not calling Horatio by “Horeggio.”  At the time I made the project, I figured “Omelet” and “Yolkick” was plenty and using more would have been overkill.

This project was so much fun, I actually made a short 1.25 minute video and entitled it “Sheggspeare’s Omelet” where I did use Horeggio. Here’s the link below if you wish to view it.  Please watch it through the credits which is where you will really see my love of playing with words. 😉

Enjoy!  Hope you have had an “egg”cellent time!


Bib Lee O’Bookworm – “Devour A Good Book At Your Public Library!”

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Another departure from clothespin dolls. I’m in the process of completing a very special clothespin doll project which I will be posting photos of next week.

Here’s a character I created using all recycled materials.

Meet Bib Lee O’Bookworm. Bib Lee O’Bookworm was created for an employee art show, “Recycling Objects, Re-Purposing Ideas,” for the public library district I work for.

Bib Lee O’Bookworm’s “meal” is a book that was going to be thrown away (some of the pages were scribbled with crayon and edges torn).

Face: Plastic cap from a vapor rub jar (attached to the bottle cap with a thin spring, so his head bobs when touched) .

Eyeglasses: Plastic garbage bag tie.

Eyes: Saved from an old birthday card.

Mouth: Cut out from an old envelope.

Bib: Leftover piece of Aida cloth.

Body: (2) Plastic water bottles glued together filled with paper drilled out from the book. Dark banding covered with green glitter glue: Plastic frames from library cards leftover after a card has been issued to a patron (the frame holds the large library card and a keychain version).

Feet: Plastic beads from an old necklace.

Bib Lee O’Bookworm is on permanent display in the Young People’s Library section of the library where I work.