#30 – DIY: Here’s how I went from rags to riches.

Happy Friday Amigos!

As the title suggests, this post is all about how ya gurl became filthy rich in under 15 minutes!

ALRIGHT. I didn’t really become a squillionaire so I apologies if you feel like you’ve been click-baited but I certainly did become rich in the artistic/ practical sense! If I’ve confused you, just keep on reading and it’ll all make sense.

To give you a little context, I cultured the f*ck out of myself by visiting the Sydney Contemporary art exhibition last Saturday with the lovely Rebecca. The exhibition was like no other because there was so much to see (over 90 galleries spanning from 14 countries were on show) and dogs were allowed in the exhibition! It was such a therapeutic experience being able to appreciate art while patting adorably furry four-legged friends.

I loved the vibes. Everyone was dressed impeccably well. It was as if the exhibition was a congregation of all the hip, trendy, voguish cool-cats of Sydney. Myself and Bec being two of them😎

Bec and I spent a solid 2.5-3 hours soaking in the art and taking ‘candid’ photos for each other 😂 If I’m going to be completely honest, I went to the exhibition for Instagram photographic opportunities. There, I said it. Ok moving along.

The installation that allowed me to go from rags to riches was Lara Merrett’s ‘This is not a love song’.

I spotted a long queue for this particular installation from afar so in my head I immediately thought FOMO! BETTER GO LINE UP TOO TO SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT 🙉 I snatched Bec to join me. 

The installation was tucked away in its own little room so things felt real secretive (I love a good secret hehe) and a lady stood at the entrance with a pair of scissors. I observed a person going into the room with the pair of scissors and emerging out of the room with something in their hand.

Immediately I thought oh yay I get to cut something and keep it!

The installation involved the audience in the creative process and invited them to perform the ultimate punk act of cutting into the work. The public became collaborators of the work, leaving their mark while also taking a piece away with them.

Some people took their f*cking sweet old time by cutting out the Mona Lisa into the fabric while others like me kept very efficient and walked out within 4-5 minutes.

It was interesting to see how some people approached the artwork as a way to leave their mark, while others approached it as a piece to take home. Being the greedy little enthusiastic girl I am, I cut two pieces of rectangular fabric not knowing what I wanted to do with it.

The fabric texture was interesting. It was canvas lined with polyester on the other side. The polyester got me thinking… water proof?

AND SO THIS IS WHEN THE MAGIC BEGAN.

I went home and traced the circular base of a shampoo bottle onto the fabric.

Painstakingly cut 11 circles out.

Lightly seared the frayed edges with a lighter and voila! I’ve made myself 11 coasters out of some rags!! I felt rich with happiness for being able to repurpose the rags and they look cute too 🤗

Haha and THAT’S HOW ya gurl went from rags to riches. Pictures have been included below for viewing pleasure!

Love,

Jo

xx

Guys look how cute they turned out! I now have 11 new coasters. Pro tip: To prevent the edges from fraying I lightly burned the edges with a lighter.

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