Monday, August 11, 2008

(Really) Creative Uses for Junk Mail

A site that’s new to me, called ProQuo, ran a very cool article last week entitled “Top 10 Creative Uses for Junk Mail.” Most of these ideas are quite artistic — and visually striking. For those who are less artistically inclined, the article also provides quick and easy instructions for making homemade paper out of the junk that comes in the mail each week. Or there’s always the eco-unfriendly (yet soul satisfying) strategy of mailing back a brick in a Business Reply Envelope mailer, increasing the brick’s carbon footprint but also costing the junk mailer some $$$, since they pay by weight.

Although well beyond my skill level, I was fascinated by some ideas from the artist duo Burtonwood and Holmes (whose junk mail tank is pictured here). This is part of a series that also includes junk mail missiles and travels around the world in various installations including “Price War!” and “I Support the War / The War Supports Me.”

Turning the Junk Mail Machine into ammunition against the War Machine seemed like a good way to start the week, so here you go!


6 comments:

Chucka Stone Designs said...

This is awesome! I will be looking into all those links for potential artist spotlights later. Love the tank!

High Desert Diva said...

Wow!

La Alicia said...

That is so cool and must have taken FOREVER to complete! Gotta check out those links! :)

Jennifer said...

Wow, who knew that junk mail was so useful in everything from decor to protest...BTW Would the mail carrier have to carry a brick if you mailed it? That would stink!

verabear said...

You really do find the most interesting things on the web :)

AshleySpatula said...

Thank you for this, I am going to make some paper out of my junk mail!