I was a youngster the very first time I ever used a found object to create a work of art. I woke up one morning practically strangled by a loose string on the edge of my blanket. When I ripped the yarn from around my neck, I was holding a long, pink, tapered string.
I got out of bed, took a cereal box out of the trash and grabbed a pair of scissors. I cut out a life-size silhouette of a rat. I used the point of the scissors to stab a hole in the chipboard where the tail would be. I stuck the wide end of the string through the hole and tied a knot in it so it wouldn’t slip out. The pink strand of blanket material was tapered in such a way that it looked exactly like a rat tail.
I showed it to Mom & Dad and they thought it was genius.