February 03, 2012
Use the Beauty
I'm headed into the studio today to work on a Valentine's Day project for a swap I'm doing with a friend. I'll be diving into my fabric stash which I have been working hard to bulk up lately. Well, when I say working hard, I mean clicking add to cart and checkout now. It turns out I love buying fabric. That's the easy part. The hard part is using the fabric. I have a hard time actually using the ones I love unless I have a lot of it and I wonder if I am alone in this sickness? Does it stem from growing up poor and not having much? Am I a fabric hoarder?
The truth is, I'm the same way with most of the stash in my studio. I think, what if there is another project I do later that I wish I had saved this for. I once had a teacher at an art retreat tell us to "Use the beauty". It made such an impression on me that I wrote it down. I've repeated it to myself many times over the last few years. It still goes against all of my instincts but I want to change. I'm guessing if she felt the need to say this to the class, then I must not be the only person out there with this particular condition. Today I will go in there and make myself "Use the beauty". I will comfort myself with the fact that there is always more beauty out there just waiting for me to click add to cart and checkout now.