The stuff dreams (or nightmares?) are made on… All the stuff that’s fit to knit, wear, make, enjoy, hide, show off, share…all this stuff.
Sharon has a wonderful post on the 25th about all her stuff and why she keeps it, collects it, and loves it.
Being my mother’s daughter, my house is full of stuff. The yarn stash I showed you a couple of days ago is in a basement closet. That is because my upstairs closets are full to overflowing with needlework supplies of all sorts. Around the room, my studio, are cabinets, boxes, tubs and the like full of more items to stitch. There are frames and lamps and books, TONS of books, too and we won't even talk about how many scissors inhabit the space. We, my stitching buddies and I, call it a ‘collection’, like fine antiques or Judith Leiber bags. That may seem like a stretch but, we LOVE our stuff. Some items, kits or canvases, are worth as much as one of Leiber’s bags. Even with the knowledge that we can’t stitch them all we still hang on to and treasure them. Sharon states that our relationship to an object (or maybe a full collection, i.e. stash?) is more about the emotions associated with it. This goes deeper than just the acquisition and how that might have come about. It must also have to do with our emotional attachments to money, how we were raised and in what circumstances, what emotions the color evokes or even what items will be made and for whom.
My head says to get rid of all this stuff. Sell it on Ebay, send it to Goodwill, or give it to others who may need it (or want it). But my heart won’t let it go. My body and mind are overwhelmed by the prospect.
Read Sharon’s post which is part of her Textile Textale online project. She says it so much better than I can. Many people are joining her in this new exhibition and you can, too.
Brush up on your Utah geography and see if you can name three (3) (of the many) parks/monuments that share the natural landscape just to the south of the Bookcliffs off I-70. This is in the southeast corner of Utah near Moab. There are several and some are not very well known. If you win you will receive some lovely sport weight Lorna’s Lace’s, Tuscany. See July 26th post)