Sunday, May 2, 2010

Your relationship to That Stuff

Yesterday was the monthly car boot sale. I rushed down, pink shopping bag in hand to carry back my goodies, Snous in tow. But here is the thing, although there was some stuff that would normally have attracted my attention - a small succulent, two books, a piece of fabric, a few tiny plastic animals, an ink pad, a small glass bowl, and a sheet of computer labels - I didn't buy a thing. Because I didn't really need any of it. Is my addiction at an end? Is my relationship to that stuff changing?

Art journal collage with magazine cutouts, paint, cut up store card.

Everyone has his own version of that stuff. For some people it is not a material thing. What is your relationship to that stuff? In my journal page I included: addicted to, overwhelmed by, in control of, tired of, in love with ...

Have a great week! Don't fill it with too much stuff... Hmmmm, my week will be filled with words, too many words ...

9 comments:

Leenie said...

Looking forward to a week--a month---of less layers of clothes Because this is SUPPOSED to be spring in my part of the world. Your new page is fascinating. Wish I could see it without this computer screen in the way.

Leenie said...

Hehe...maybe eating crow is not a term used there. It means the same as eating humble pie, or admiting you made a HUGE mistake.

Linda Sue said...

Having been forced to abandon "stuff" find homes for it like the mud cloth- which I do love - I have had to scale down- still on the cot- still wearing the same thing since October- fight or flight takes on meaning- flight becomes more appealing...traveling lightly makes it easier.
Miss you (sigh)...

aimee said...

anairam, i just love what you did with that page! i knew there was a use for all of those loose brads tumbling around in my junk drawer! make a "choose a sentiment" page with them. once again, you are so clever!

up and down town said...

stuff is tricky. i'd say i live with about 70% more than i need.
i wonder how i would feel if i got rid of everything i didn't use, instead of waiting to find a new home or use for it. that is what prevents a true clear-out, for me.

curious girl (lisa) said...

what a beautiful way to start examining the relationship with stuff. i think i need to try some art journaling about this...since i have about 12 empty journals somewhere in my full-of-stuff studio. :)

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Sarah said...

Oh your relationship to your stuff seems very similar to mine. I do have moments of clarity where it all seems so pointless and ridiculous, and then I go and buy another thing I don't need. It is indeed rare that I buy something I do need! What to do? Change my whole personality. Buy a much bigger house-but then get filling the handbag syndrome. Oh I just don't know! Love your page!

Freshly Found said...

Don't worry, it's just a phase! You will come round to loving 'that stuff' again!