A mixed-media trend report by Rebecca E. Parsons
Time to DeStash the Stash
Have you taken a look at your stash of art-making bits and pieces of late? Well I did recently as I was packing to move to smaller digs and simplify my life. Yeah right!!! The picture below inspired me to take massive action on a life-long challenge…My Stash!
The Stash of All Stashes
What I have come to lovingly call my stash is probably the stash of all stashes. I began to collect, amass, stockpile, accumulate and store—okay hoard—treasures when I was a small child. Through the years (I am talking decades here) that collection has grown to fill a large trunk, several suitcases, most of my craft boxes, a few junk drawers and, now, a good part of an off site storage unit. UGGGHHHH…my name is Rebecca and I have a problem!
I am an artist of Mixed Media, Altered Art, Journaling, Collage, Digital Art, etc. I look at Ephemera as inspiration and a necessity to my creativity. I jump when I see something discarded on the sidewalk. I drool over things in thrift stores. I covet rusty bits at the flea market. I know that you know exactly what I am talking about here!
Over the years these things sometimes find their way into my art. However, more times than not, I find myself so enamored with a piece of ephemera that I cannot bear to actually use it in my art. And therein lies the cause of this conundrum…
To help myself, I turned to the dictionary for a definition:
1. Something that is transitory and without lasting significance
2. A range of collectable items that were originally designed to be short-lived
Encarta® World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Okay, this does help somewhat. If I reframe my perception of my ‘treasures’ to think of them as ‘transitory and without lasting significance’ I just might be able to use them or let them go. I said might…
Destashing (Detaching) 101 for Artists
I have devised a system, much like that of professional organizers who seem to hold no thing too dear. I am turning it into a game of sorts so I don’t get overwhelmed or bored which would result in complete work stoppage. So I toss (pun) this little Destash 101 Tutorial your way to use as you see fit.
You will need:
3 labels: KEEP, GIVE, SELL
Containers of ephemera
Plenty of resolve to let go
- Assemble your boxes/baskets and label each. Place on floor.
- Take out one container of ephemera and place it on the floor.
- Sit in the middle and begin sorting each piece from your stash into one of the three bins. Be determined to let go. NOTE: If you find that the KEEP container has much more than the GIVE and SELL containers…have a talk with yourself about your goal. Repeat process with items in KEEP bin. NOTE 2: You can always scan or take a photo of an item you hate to part with. This can be used again and again in your art!!!
- When you have emptied the container of ephemera (hopefully the baskets have equal amounts of stuff), repeat the process with another container of ephemera. HINT: Do not try to sort everything in one day.
- When the GIVE box is full, seal it and take it to the car to donate.
- When the SELL box is full, have your friend, spouse or kids make small 10-12 piece packets for sale. If you try to do this step yourself, you may find yourself taking things back. So it is best to have someone who is not attached to the things do this. Have them photograph each for Etsy or EBay, list them and sell them. NOTE: When the money comes in, use it for a family get together or fun time…not a trip to the thrift store!!!
- Repeat steps 1-6 until all ephemera has been processed.
- Congratulate yourself!
Know that the possibilities are endless.
Connect and Interact with Me
Please tell me how this process worked for you. I love to connect and interact with you…so please share your thoughts below!
Rebecca E. Parsons is the creative force behind Cre8tive Compass Magazine, Cre8Tiva’s Blog and Artistically Speaking Talk Show. In her spare time, Rebecca is a digital and photographic mixed-media R-tiste, Retreat Leader, Dreamer, Possibility Coach, Lifelong Communicator & Blissful Wordsmith—just one inspired creative soul on a journey to Cre8Topia. Unconventional and delightfully curious, she is passionate about helping others embrace the artist within and create a life around their passion.
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