Decluttering Artwork

Nothing escapes my decluttering madness when it starts and my creative endeavors are no exception.

Sometimes I’m lucky and all the materials can be fully reclaimed. Hours and hours went into the meter long wide scarf I was making from a super yummy wool/cashmere mix but in reality it just looked like a pile of leftover birthday cake.


When I pulled it out to reclaim the yarn, it left a pile of rainbow confetti ramen. IMG_0045

A run through on the Yarn Winder and I have fresh cakes ready for that as yet unfound perfect pattern:


IMG_0047 Even the piece in progress from the first post I made is subject to scrutiny. It didn’t make it. Still like the lovely idea I had for a scarf. Using the lace thread popular here in Japan, I ran into the speed bump of having to pick up more at Yuzawaya and just never picked it up again to finish. I asked myself, “Why did I choose not to finish this project?” In the end it doesn’t matter, I’ll never finish it or be satisfied if I ever do. So I’ve ripped out as much as possible down to the Wedding Ring chain pattern. Sure I’ll keep the chain for another project but it will likely be tossed in the next round of decluttering madness.

What cannot be reclaimed, repurposed or given away to even one’s mother to love will need to go to the garbage bin.  This huge (1 meter across) black snowflake needs such a home. It reminds me too much of a yucky spiderweb so I’m applying to the Art Bin Project by Michael Landy at the Yokohama Triennale to bin it.


IMG_0018 But will my bad art idea be good enough? Will I be able to give it a chance to be rejected with dignity in an art museum with a tribe of other rejected art?

In-Between Large Projects

I can finally see the floor of my tatami room studio again! Finishing one big project and before jumping into the next big projects(s), I’ve spent my time “spring” cleaning my studio.

As a very visual person I like to see all my options at one time. All my pieces, all my mediums displayed within easy reach as I work. In reality, this means pulling everything from their boxes, drawers, and shelves out onto whatever flat surface I can find, so by the end of a project it looks like my studio has projectile vomited all over itself.

This In-Between Large Projects time is all about putting these items back in their home, deciding if I really need to keep 6 different kinds of metalsmithing hammers and where to hang my latest art acquisitions.

I do have a couple of small creative projects going that I pick up during breaks in the deep cleaning but have essentially kept the major projects on the back burner. Yet, their presence still leaks through, the ideas still simmering and flowing out:

1. Last night I tweaked my Tako Stir Fry Recipe with a bit of kabocha.

2. Decided the Travel Journal Art Books I am creating need a larger number of pages than what I am currently putting together.

3. That pot of simmering projects on the horizon may be on a bit too high the more I watch video podcasts. I’m beginning to think video documenting my progress wire crocheting the Tropical Butterfly Garden art installation will be a great idea!

Eek! Turning that burner down a bit.

Stitch Swap Score!

De-Clutter. Stash Down. De-Stash. Organizing. Which ever you do to remove the old, unwanted items from your studio, you know it feels great when you’ve unloaded those extras.

Our local stitch groups held a really, really free Stitch Swap to help each other with a bit of spring cleaning. Some members are moving back to their home country so we all had a good selection and a great opportunity to try out new yarns and supplies.

I was able to unload several books and a big, bunch of extra crochet hooks I had laying around. We all tell ourselves that we won’t pick anything up but seriously, I know better. I always have a running list of items I’d like to purchase on my next trip to my local craft store so if the item was already on my list, then it was ok to pick up. Plus, I only brought a small backpack to ensure I didn’t have room for much more than I brought :)

So how did I do? Weight-wise I came out ahead, I took heavier items and returned with much smaller lighter-weight items.

Just last week I was wondering how weird I would look to pick up one of each color of embroidery floss from the huge bank of DMC & Lucien drawers of floss colors. I’ve saved myself the embarrassment by picking up a big messy, ball of floss.

IMG_0317After an hour of organizing I am now the proud owner a huge rainbow of floss colors!


IMG_0320A piece of leather and buttons in just the right colors to enhance my art book ideas.

Sparkly Star felt and plain felt for a SuperStar Sewer project.IMG_0326

IMG_0327Purple. I just can’t resist Purple.

Embroidery Floss neatly organized for storage or my next project: IMG_0321