Trying Something New: Visual Creativity

The finished piece, Origami Flowers

Tonight I have tried my hand at creating visual art. Our favorite hockey team, the Kansas City Mavericks, and Recycle More have partnered for the second-annual ‘Rejectamenta Restored’ recycled art competition. The goal is to create a piece of art completely from garbage.

As soon as I found out about it, I started stalking the dumpsters looking for materials and ideas. A rescued mirror and a bunch of my junk mail became my materials.

I decided to stick with origami as something I’m familiar with and we created a floral still life by folding junk paper into an assortment of buds and blooms.

Here’s the results… the dogs were particularly interested in the mirror which, having sat next to a dumpster, probably had an olfactory collage they appreciated more than the one we created.

Finally finished, with R.A. Smith and assorted dogs

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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