Here is the reasons why:
Working on fancy sketchbooks or expensive stretched water colour paper always puts this intense pressure on performance. "You spent so much money/effort on this, it has to be perfect!" Working under that mentality essentially degrades my work output, I worry, my lines and strokes become tight and careful, and eventually lack the freedom and roughness that I normally enjoy. Fancy material has it's place, but I desire that liberty I get when "no one is going to see this experiment, this is not meant to be finished art, so I might as well do something fun"
Recycling is obviously good for the world, and by working on primarily used materials, the items I create do not add, but actually consume a part of the clutter some of us find ourselves in. Though I am not majorly concerned with materialism, I get quite a bit of satisfaction from taking items perceived as waste and re-purposing them, freeing up space in the process.
|Dream catcher made of used bicycle gear and leftover metals.|
(digitally edited photo)