I am an accumulator. I am a saver. I am a collector. These attributes are both helpful and sometimes harmful to my art. I have kept imperfect pieces of my own work thinking I’ll fix them at some point when I just should have junked them and moved on. I have saved lots of ‘stuff’ for later use in my artwork (everything from wire springs in assorted sizes to family jeans to make into quilts). I like to collect specific items like buttons that I can use on the sweaters I knit and some of the clay pieces I make.
This week in the studio, I spent time working with a friend on planning how improve sales of my work. It is an on-going process and I’m excited about the potential. I tossed lots of those unfinished, imperfect items that were merely a distraction and really not worthy of my time. I learned a new wood-burning skill that may find it’s way in to my future work.