Trash Reimagined

Hi Friends,

I was walking at Kimball Park a few days ago and something bright caught my eye. Trash. I picked it up to take it to the nearest trash can, but then it occurred to me that this was too pretty to throw away.

It was an empty Good & Plenty box, and I thought — ooooo, I can use that for collage! Thus began a new series of work that I’m tentatively calling “Trash Reimagined.” Click on the image below to see it in a browser.

Cassandra Tondro collage

“Doing Good,” 14 x 11 inches, collage on wood panel

Now I’m on the lookout for colorful trash wherever I go. I paw through trash cans when I think no one is looking, and I’ve found a few more pieces of trash that have potential.

Here’s the second piece I did using two Starbucks holiday coffee cups and their corrugated cup holders. Click on the image to see it in a browser.

Cassandra Tondro collage

“Queen of Cups,” 12 x 12 inches, collage on wood panel

I think paper trash is going to work better than plastic. I suspect it will adhere more easily and combine nicely with the backgrounds I make using pages from discarded magazines. I’m not sure how well plastic would take varnish, the finishing coat I use to seal these pieces.

Who knew trash could be so beautiful?

What other creative uses can we find for trash? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below

With love and appreciation,



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