Boredom is the mother of all invention

Albert Einstein once said that “Necessity is the mother of all invention” and I partially agree with him. MacGyver is a great example of that principle. Not many people are in the necessary situation to create a defibrillator out of some candlesticks, a microphone cord, and a rubber mat. I also believe, however, that boredom can share birth responsibilities with necessity as being the mother of all invention. Trolling Google the other day, thinking about crafts to do with kids, I came across rubber band crafts, push pin crafts (not for the kiddies), tongue depressor crafts, the usual stuff that we’ve all done at one point in our lives. Then…then I found some interesting artwork.

My first thought was how brilliant it was! Then I thought about the patience it took to produce it, how hard it had to have been to locate all those different color push pins to create the illusion of flesh tones. Then I wondered how he settled on that medium. Push pins. Not your typical art medium.  Metal, paint, mesh, etc, there are a lot of different things that can be used to create art, but push pins? I’m probably way wrong (seriously wrong) but I think he got bored. I think he is a very serious artist who got bored one day and looked at his desk, or someone else’s desk, and said “Aha! Push pins! I will wow the art world with push pin art!” Well, he wowed me, for sure. So I Googled “push pin art” and whoa!! There’s a whole world of push pin art! I was shocked.

I started searching all kinds of ways for more art work with office supplies, and some I found was just beautiful. Artwork worthy of being in galleries. But that’s not what I wanted. I was stuck on this boredom thing. I wanted to see what people were doing with their office supplies out of sheer boredom. Here’s a sampling of what I found, enjoy!

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