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You may think of these objects as IKEA hacks and/or assisted readymades!

Objects like this retail at IKEA for $7.99 USD per package, and each package contains 9 soft toy items.  These items include 8 plush toy fruit pieces, and 1 plush toy basket.  The title of this collection accurately corresponds to the article name and number used by IKEA to identify the product in their catalog.  Following my purchase, I painstakingly beaded these readymade objects using (approximately) size 11 seed beads, a beading needle, and all-purpose thread.

No other materials were used.

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I recorded my labor at all times, using a basic pen-and-paper clock-in and clock-out method.  Only time spent actively beading was recorded.  The title of each individual object reflects the total number of hours and minutes (#h #m) of labor required to complete the beading process.  I also carefully documented my expenses, including my initial purchases from IKEA, the purchase of beading supplies at diverse retailers, and applicable sales tax.  Using these and other values, it should be possible for me to determine a hourly wage* estimate based on the value of subsequent sales.

 DUKTIG: red apple 26h 56m

DUKTIG: red apple 26h 56m

 DUKTIG: kiwi 17h 14m

DUKTIG: kiwi 17h 14m

 DUKTIG: green apple 25h 11m

DUKTIG: green apple 25h 11m

 DUKTIG: grapes 51h 38m

DUKTIG: grapes 51h 38m

 DUKTIG: banana 33h 59m

DUKTIG: banana 33h 59m

 DUKTIG: grapefruit 21h 14m

DUKTIG: grapefruit 21h 14m

 DUKTIG: watermelon 74h 37m

DUKTIG: watermelon 74h 37m

 DUKTIG: orange 24h 59m

DUKTIG: orange 24h 59m

 

 

*Note:  IKEA manufactured these objects in the country of Indonesia (as specifically indicated on the product tag).  As of January 2014, the minimum legal wage in the country of Indonesia was around $0.56 USD per hour.  At this time, it remains unknown to me whether IKEA pays at or above the Indonesian minimum wage, or whether anyone below 18 years of age may be employed in textile factories responsible for producing items like this for IKEA within Indonesia.  I would very much like to know.  But an equally salient question is: what is a fair hourly wage for artistic labor in the global economy?