"How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them." Benjamin Franklin
So, what are you saying Ben? I have to make confession for the passing year before I can make resolutions for the coming one?
Okay then, here goes. I confess I am a glutton for art supplies. Over the years, I have acquired and stashed (more honestly stated "hoarded"), tens of thousands of dollars of art supplies. A good portion of my life is consumed by categorizing and storing them. Each and every item was purchased with clear intention, meaning, I had a project in mind at the time. Did I bring those projects to fruition?
If I'm honest with myself, I'd have to admit to a lifetime completion rate of about 10%, which is way out of kilter to my lifetime acquisition rate of 100%. Yes, I have bought 100% of the art materials in my studio and used only 10% of them.
My confession continues... I knew the problem was reaching epic proportions when I began buying the unfinished projects of other, probably dead by now, artists.
To my utter shame, I admit, I sometimes just take the supplies out and "ogle" them. I lay them out on the table, admire the beauty of them and then freeze when it comes to cutting or altering them in any way. This stash of 1930's, half finished, hex block, quilt squares are a perfect example. I had a great idea for them when I bought them, but.... something in me just wants to enshrine them in a cabinet with the 125 miles (when stretched end to end) of vintage lace trim I have.
Here are a few challenging supplies which must be gone by the end of this year.
And yes, I did actually pay for these.
From one stash addict to another, I urge any fellow artists whose purchase habits are like mine to take stock of their own supply cabinets, admit their own addiction by joining CRAFT (Creative Resource Addiction Freedom Therapy). If you are not sure if you qualify, take the test and find out. The time has come for creative, de-stashing action.