Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Sticky Situation

Note from Mel:  I'm running this oldie today because I'm on my way to Chicago with my friend Nicci to pick up some art work from a show we were in!  I'll be back tomorrow with a new post - in the meantime, enjoy this tape-filled adventure!  :D


I'm going to make a bet that more adhesive (or as we oldsters call it, "cellophane") tape is used in these last five days before Christmas than the rest of the year combined.  Alas, I couldn't find any stats to back up this idea, but I'll bet I'm right.  How's that for scientific?  :D

I have always loved tape.  If this sounds like something Bert from Sesame Street would say, you're not far off - I'm kind of a geek (I'm pretty sure that "I love tape" is one of the geekiest sentences ever uttered, but not as geeky as Bert's "I love linoleum").  Seriously, though - I've always loved the promise that a roll of tape holds - all those gifts!  All the adorable kids' craft projects!  All of those books/newspaper clippings mended!


And then, along came online shopping.  I had no idea there were so many different tapes out there.  It staggers the mind.  I am also a HUGE fan of vintage dispensers; of course, 3M is probably the forerunner of these, considering the amount of the adhesive market they command.  They're surprisingly easy to come by at estate sales - I mean, who doesn't have a roll of tape in their drawer?  And if you've lived in the same house for 55 years and you're a Depression baby, why, that's perfectly good tape!  Sure, it doesn't stick anymore, but it's still not going to be thrown out!  Elmer's will help with that problem!  :D
The way I see it, adhesive tape is about as ephemeral as it gets.  No one I know (not even Yours Truly!) saves the tape from packages (if you know of anyone who does, I'd love to hear from you!), even if it is low-tack adhesive.  Considering the amount of time it's actually used, we sure like to decorate with it!

Here is some artwork that I've done using adhesive tape:

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