I’ve been cleaning out my studio and feeling overwhelmed by the volume of stuff I have. I think I could open my own art supply store! Here’s some of what you’ll find in my space:
Pens and colored pencils
Yarns for weaving
Embroidery floss and pearl cotton
Stacks of magazines for collage
Rusty pieces of metal for rust dyeing
Stretched canvas in all sizes
Rolls of unstretched canvas
Cradled wood panels
Large sheets of watercolor paper
Buckets and bottles
Pots and pans
Electric sander and drill
All sorts of tools
Brushes and rollers
Palette knives and plaster trowels
Kitchen tools for making marks
15 pairs of running shoes for shoe prints
The list goes on and on and on, and I can’t get rid of any of it, because I might need it some day! In fact I do switch around between a lot different materials, but the clutter is starting to get to me. It’s too much stuff.
Sometimes I think it would be nice if I could hone in on one medium and stick with it to the exclusion of all others, but that doesn’t seem to suit my personality. I need to try and do a lot of different things.
Over the years all of the different materials, supplies, tools and equipment accumulate. At what point do you decide you don’t need something anymore?
I’m not like this in my house. I have no problem getting rid of clothes I no longer wear or books I’m never going to read again. But art supplies are another story. I can’t let go of any of it.
Where do you find yourself holding on? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,