Dung Shui: The Art of Reclaimed DIY
As you may have gleaned from last week’s poetry, one of the Whole Foods in my town closed about ten days ago. We used to have three; now we have two, in addition to two King Soopers, two Sprouts, one Natural Grocers and another on its way, a Trader Joe’s, two Lucky’s, three Safeways, and locally-run Alfalfa’s. That’s 14 grocery stores, soon to be 15 again, for a population of just over 100,000 — and about 20% of that 100,000 is a seasonal student population.
Maybe that’s reasonable — about 7,000 people to one grocery store. A quick bit of Google research suggests that it is. It feels excessive, and now I’m curious ... but that’s besides the point.
I must admit that I profited handsomely from the Whole Foods closing because they rented a massive 30-yard dumpster and just threw all the contents of the store inside. Food from the shelves, back stock, shelving, yards and yards of fake jute material, kitchen equipment, hair and body products, jewellery, someone’s shoes, you name it. So I grabbed some stuff, and what has emerged is a new ethic in home decor:
I call it Dung Shui.
The basic premises are:
- Perform alchemy by creating DIY treasure and beauty from trash
- Engage in the art of enhancing home spaces while shrinking the waste stream
- Marry functional art and activism
- Add challenges to make DIY projects even more fun
The ideal is that as many pieces of the project as possible come from a discard pile of some sort. Buying components second-hand is great too. The rubric might look like this —
Here is what Dung Shui decorating looks like in action in my bathroom:
Shower curtain: Handmade from fabric I had bought for a different project that never happened
Bucket and burlap fabric: Whole Foods dumpster. Used YouTube to learn to make the bow; hot glued in place.
Maroon cleaning cloths were hiding under my sink before and are a past roommate's old bed sheet.
Fun times on the home front! Do you have any Dung Shui success stories?