I feel like rocking a collection! I’ve done it before, and I think that it’s time to do it again!!
Collections are funny things! You start with one item, that piece whispers to you, and all of a sudden, your studio space has shrunk exponentially! You’ll notice that I said “studio space”, because some have the luxury of actual space, others only have a closet, but most need to squeeze it out wherever they can.
My studio started in my spare bedroom, but has since oozed out to the rest of my home. Is it any wonder that I feel the need to work small? Small is a great way to start when you’re rocking a collection, but beware, they still tend to take on a life of their own!
I collect lots of stuff, and have a fondness for small stones, driftwood, and rusty objects! First I collect them, then I try to figure out how to house them (thank goodness for balconies), but that leads me to decision making time. How will I use them? BTW, the purple and turquoise beaded stone was gifted to the boss, so it lives in her collection!
When I collected paperweights in the 80’s, all I needed was a bookcase or two for display purposes. Okay, I didn’t really collect all that many, but my oldest is a millefiori that I purchased somewhere in Great Britain. Once you start collecting stuff, people decide to get in on the act, then all of a sudden, you’re drowning in teddy bears!!! Seriously!
I still have some of the fabric I collected in my quilting days, despite gifting a lot of it to my sister! We won’t even mention my thrift shop purchases! I collect art and collage supplies, technique samples, bezels, seedbeads, stone beads, and cabochons. The art supplies are for my pleasure, but the beads, stones and such, help to support my teaching habit!
My seedbead addiction, started with the Bead Journal Project, and my BJP collections, span four different years! I made 12 pieces, in each of three of those years, and 7 in the other (my work life was crazy at that time). Luckily, all are small, and fit neatly in boxes. As I’m currently an administrator in the project, I guess that means that I will need to start another beaded collection soon!
I made 100 – 4” x 4” Stitch Meditations in 2018, and intend to make 100 hand stitched “Twinchies” (2” x 2”) this year. On top of that, I’ve completed one small scroll, and am currently working on a larger one (no photo). If that’s not enough, I decided to join the #100dayproject on Instagram (starting yesterday), and will be altering small mixed media shipping tags (I already had them), for that project. Then there’s the jewelery I make! Whew!
Every time I design a class, I need to make samples. When I teach, I make more samples, then suddenly I’m running out of places to put them. I actually have a system of sorts, but that’s fairly recent! I’m still finding random bits, in odd spaces. When I round them all up, perhaps I should arrange a sale? Wouldn’t that be a good idea? My BJP’s, and Beaded Art Dolls are not for sale, but does anyone want to buy an altered domino?
This is not going to go away, so I need to warn you about rocking a collection! They are positively addicting, but are actually pure joy! Don’t be afraid, follow my lead, but do try to figure out what to do with your collections, before they take over your house!!