I missed my Xacto

Ghetto. That's the word that someone used, on another site, to describe one of my recycling projects. Ok... that's fine—it actually made me laugh. I understand that it may not be for everyone's taste. But that was just the incentive I needed to grab my blade and the same cereal box cardboard to make something new.



At midnight, I ended up with a matchbox. It's really sturdy and I'm already putting it to good use. Clean lines, with simple materials—now that's my cup of tea.

A tutorial? Yes, soon.

21 comments:

  1. I love your site.
    I have not posted any comments but I do read you every chance I get and there is much to love here. I did a little research on "ghetto" art and it seems to me to be a term describing 'green art' or environmentally friendly. The word 'ghetto' is a charged word and so it will grab attention. That is what you work does... it grabs attention, it is down to earth, friendly and unpretentious. I found a few examples of ghetto artists and they are so amazing... as are you.

    I guess you could define the comment to mean other things but they don't describe what you do ... so I choose the definition that more closely matches ... and of course, what anyone does that is creative defies description.

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  2. Thank you so much for your comment Mikaelah and welcome!

    I do realize that the term has other interpretations as you've described. In this case, in the context it was used, it wasn't meant to be flattering. But like I said it actually was an incentive to me to move forward. To each his own... :)

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  3. Awesome! Looking forward to the tutorial. As usual, your designs give me such a "bouncy" jumping point. I'm thinking this super-sized matchbox would look mighty swanky with a bit of fabric or patterned paper and one of your lovely gift tags. Gorgeous.

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  4. "Ghetto'? No way! it's simple and elegant!

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  5. I love your site too. It's definitely not ghetto.
    It seems the more well known you are, the greater the chance that you will encounter people who make outlandish comments. Celebrities like Brad Pitt must get some real doosies!
    I'm looking forward to the tutorial too. Keep up the good work!

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  6. There is nothing ghetto about repurposing and recycling! I love your stuff. Keep it up. :)

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  7. I love the things your do, and it takes a really talented eye to see the potential in anything like you do. I say "poo poo" to those who would try to tear someone down in this way. Rock on with your bad self.

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  8. making do with what you have, if that's what "ghetto" means, then I am also a "ghetto" artist.

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  9. I love this page. And don't worry about the ways they call it. IT'S PERFECT!

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  10. I say embrace the ghetto-ness. Using an X-acto is an art. I come from the graphic designers that used to cut rubylith knock-outs with my X-acto. Yeah, yeah, WAY before Photoshop peeps! Why anyone would hate on X-acto skills I have no idea. Be happy you have those, chickie! Behold the power of the No. 11 blade!

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  11. Call it whatever they may. I like what you do and I am a huge fan of re-purposing items. Thanks to you, I never look at a cereal box the same anymore. Simple and clean are always welcome around here. Keep at it!

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  12. so sick of the haters. trolls who live under the bridges of this information super highway... trolls.

    i don't usually leave comments, but to offset the trolls i wanted to reassure you that their ignorance and lifestyle is truly what is ghetto.

    please don't let the trolls get you down.

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  13. ummm- WOW- really? Ghetto? Nope not at all.

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  15. I'll drink that tea with you any day!

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  16. What one calls ghetto another calls prosperous.

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  17. I want to live in your Ghetto! Your work is gorgeous. I pop in every now and then to be inspired by the gorgeous ways you reuse things! Keep up the amazing art!

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  18. Really? That's rude! All your work is inspiring - keep it up!

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  19. I have not visited often enough lately to really follow the twists and turns of the feedback you have received for your book and your projects. First of all I need to state that I love your work! Love! And it is the simplicity and the ingenuity of it that I appreciate the most.

    So I wish I could somehow reassure you that what you do is beautiful and worthwhile, this little box is a prime example.

    Secondly, I never understood why people have a need to officially express their displeasure about something benign as art (politics and the state of the world is another matter). And who are they to judge. What have they accomplished that outshines other peoples efforts?

    I think all this hoopla actually means that you are famous now. Your work has reached a level worthy of criticism and envy. That is in a way a good thing, although I am sure it takes a while to build up the thick skin that needs to accompany that fame.

    Hang in there. Keep going strong. Judging from all the positive comments you get there is a big horde of us cheering you on. XOXO.

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  20. Patricia, I have been a big fan of your work and always delighted with the leanings of your creativity. That one person called your work GHETTO doesn't diminish your God-given abilities, very unique and inspiring. Keep forging ahead!!! I hope to see another book coming through in your near future too. :)

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