pill box

This is an old wooden box for 5 x 7 inch filing cards, decoupaged with the torn-out color plates from a paperback drug identification guide. I originally bought the book--an outdated edition of Bantam's The Pill Book, which I got used from Amazon for less than a dollar--for use as a reference in writing there are no pills that start with j. When I was done with it, I was faced with a disposal problem: The outdated book had no significant resale value, and inferior value as a reference. Hating to simply throw it out, I resolved to find a creative reuse. The bright, colorful plates in the middle had a nice visual rhythm, so I cut them out and--as many poor people in developing nations do with brightly-colored product and magazine graphics (Cf. Craig Fraser's Shack Chic book)--to paste them onto an object in my home as decoration. The plain wooden card box was ready at hand, and its use to store my vitamins and other pills leant an element of functionality to what would otherwise have been entirely frivolous decoration.

Before application, the box's hinges were removed, separating the lid and bottom. Most of the actual cutting and pasting was done by Melody Klingler, whose patience and eye for detail greatly exceed my own. White Elmer's was the glue of choice, smeared on with a Q-tip. The pages were rolled flat over the wet glue with a small brayer. Once dry, the pieces were sprayed over with a can of Krylon clear coat to protect them. New hinges and a draw clasp were then installed.

As for the remainder of the book, seeds were poked into holes drilled about halfway through its width. It was then placed in an aluminum pan and watered until the seeds sprouted, at which point the book was transferred to a pot full of soil. I got this idea from issue #7 of ReadyMade Magazine. The jury is still out on its effectiveness.