Aritst Demotivation: Germans treat their napkins like hidden treasures. What makes you think they want an art piece made from one?
Entrepreneur motivation: Go! Fill that market niche with a treasure for consumers to find. (Even if it is a recycled idea.. spin it and maybe they won’t notice.)
During my childhood, napkins were piled up on every American countertop inviting you to take a handful, but in Germany napkins are allocated on a need by need basis. You will be lucky to have one napkin per person at a table or available on the countertop. If a napkin is incapable of handling the job created by your dripping ice cream cone or sloppy sandwich filled to the brim, you will be hard pressed to find another one. You, my friend, will be hunting down one of Germany’s hidden treasures.
For today’s creative moment, take a napkin/paper towel from the vaults and create a piece of art with it. Germans will not want to buy it because it is a used napkin, not archival Hahnemuehle paper and you are not an art academy graduate with permission to make crap. With this valuable knowledge, feel free to cut the napkin up with scissors or doodle and dribble ink on it. A napkin is made to be thrown away so don’t be afraid to experiment with this fragile piece of paper and do something wild. When you are done, take a photograph of your creation and then dispose of the napkin in the nearest empty hole and share the photo with us on Facebook.
In our art studio, the artists go through paper towels at an alarming rate. Is it a normal American rate (three out of the five artists are American)? Or, has my German blood taken over and declared that napkins are not disposable? Maybe I just work in the Bermuda triangle for paper towels and napkins. Does the process of creating art require more than one paper towel per painting? These questions are posed to the universe, not you. Because of spammers, readers are not allowed to respond or comment to anything on this blog. You can respond to the questions in your head, on Facebook or to my face. (My face = Emmy Horstkamp and I currently live in Munich, Germany but I will be in London for an art fair March 27-29th.)