My first stop on the Trash America journey was visiting Knoxville and the relatives of some friends. I got to taste some Tennessee hospitality including watching the beginning of the 'Bama v. Georgia game with 2 wonderful old men while eating goldfish crackers and discussing China. The house I stayed in was chock full of the most amazing bits and pieces of craft, art, decorations, and fascinating paraphernalia. The kitchen had no less than 5 clocks, and I'm still not quite sure which one was the right time. Johnsons: thank you! You are an amazing family.
The bed I slept in was so high it came with a step-stool!
Shower cap complete with lily pad and flower? Brilliant. I wanted to wear it and croak like a frog, but I actually needed to wash my hair, and I wasn't quite sure it was meant for use.
First piece of Knoxville trash: a retractable juice box straw. Entertaining and useful!
Other fun trash: hymn from Central Baptist Church, labels from Christmas tree garland, and guide to public art in Knoxville with hand annotated map.
Other craziness: I was walking through the art market area in downtown Knoxville and I heard my name. Lo and behold, there was my friend, Amy Hand, from Houghton College selling her beautiful ceramics. We chatted.
Amy donated a lovely piece of plastic from her Home Depot light set. She even tagged it for me!
Amy also gave me a beautiful bowl she made to remember Knoxville. Not trash.
Rebecca Joy Mohrlang
I like to make art from trash and discarded items. Follow along if you are interested.