It always amazes me when I think back on the various things we do, looking at the steps that took us from A to B to C. This one comes with more ratiocination than some, but I still get a kick out of where the final product came from.

My little guy came home with a piece of rubber band art he bought from a buddy at school. It was all part of a math project. The first graders earned “tickets” for a period of time to purchase hand made items from the second graders. The second graders learned what was of value at their “market” and with the profits, they “bought” themselves a pizza party.  A friendly way to learn about free enterprise! As for the art acquisition, this just might be the first of many for my young Herb Vogel.

So, we have said piece of rubber band art sitting on our kitchen counter for months. One day, at the beginning of the summer break, my 16 year old suggested we do a larger version of it on the wall in our stairway.

Thus, the adventure began.  We made an afternoon of going to the fabric mart in down town Los Angeles and in true “eco friendly” style we went for the leftovers. We found a shop that sold all of its damaged and remnant fabric for $3.00 USD per pound. There we rummaged through, filling a bag with pieces we have all vowed will be put to good use.

At home, we turned up the tunes playing a mix on Songza. We measured and hammered. We cut and tied.  After a couple of hours, the final snips were made but only after an impromptu dance off! The body can’t help but move when Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson pulses through the speakers. This is what happens when you throw the plans out the window for a summer afternoon. This mama is still getting an edumacation!

* Herb Vogel(who worked for the US Postal Service) and his wife Dorthy (a librarian) were working class art collectors living in New York. In the 1970’s they had made a name for themselves within the art community. They lived off of her salary and used his salary of less then 25,000 USD per year to amass one of the most important private collections of their time. They have donated their approximately 3,900 pieces (all of which were housed in their 1 bedroom apartment) to the National Gallery.

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