Emotional Connections to Things

My studio is not ready for prime time. So I'd hesitate to share a wide-angle view of it on places like Studio Friday. Yet it is the place I retreat to when I am interested in making collages, or when I'm ready to scan illustrations and blog.

When I moved, I rediscovered all types of creative stuff (beads, tools, canvas, paper, craft glue, ribbons, fabric, books, portfolios, etc.). And because I claimed the living room as my designated studio space, the movers dumped every randomly-connected art supply there.

Fast forward a few months, and my art making in that room has slowed considerably, because of too much clutter!

What a fabulous conversation I had with my friend Cheryl Finley today. One of the many topics we discussed was letting go of past stuff. We discussed the emotional connection to things. After our conversation, I realized that I am emotionally connected to creativity. How in the world can I throw anything away - especially when there's nothing wrong with it!?!?? Yet, my studio today feels a little stifling and that is cutting down on the time I spend there to create.

So I'm now in search of a swap situation. I'm offering lots of creative materials, tools, products, books, etc that I've outgrown and are no longer serving me. If you're interested in the possibilities of purging things that don't serve you any longer, please send me an email or enter a comment below. If I have enough interested parties, I will set up a studio stuff swap group to trade useful studio/art/creativity supplies.

Let's put the energy back into our spaces.

Be Creative!



Deb G said...

This really made me smile. I was searching around in my stash today for a ribbon to finish a sewing project for the kids I work with and I hesitated when I found the right one because I really like the ribbon I was considering and wanted to keep it. And I started chanting to myself, "Quit hoarding, quit hoarding, quit hoarding..."

Crafty Green Poet said...

I think a good purge of stuff one in a while is a great idea! I like the idea of a studio material swap too, but personally haven't got much unwanted crafty stuff. If I find any I'll let you know!

Cheryl Finley: said...

Hi Lise,
Wow! What a wonderfuul post! I too am emotionally connected to creativity, my exploration, projects, sharing it... and yes, and a wonderful conversation we had today! Hmm... I love the idea of a studio swap...yet, I don't dare ask what you have to swap because, like you, I'm workingon decluttering! Is this a test? LOL!
I'll stay tuned.

And..re: your questions on comements, I don't know what the protocol is. I usually visit the person's blog, leave a comment, or thank them on mine..or both. It varies though. I bet on the "www" there's an article about it.

Keep creating!
: ) Cheryl