Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Some things I ran across while clutter busting

I've been clutter busting in 3 locations; my condo in Lowell, my studio, and in my childhood home. The stuff I left behind in my old bedroom is the hardest because before I met my husband, things were pretty emotionally fraught in my life. I was young and, like most young people, full of angst and not great at making life decisions or navigating complicated relationships. That is unfortunately extensively documented in the papers and items I am going through and it's no fun to rehash.

Since I learned how to bust using Brooks Palmer's methods, I have been able to do it, and continue to do it without being thwarted by emotions that would have stopped me in the past. Don't get me wrong, the weird feelings still arise, they just don't stop me now like they used to. But I still have to feel them and work through them. Luckily, the freedom and energy that come from busting are stronger than the ickiness of revisiting a painful past.

One of the unexpected things perks of clutter busting is coming across fun/interesting things too! Here are some items I've found while going through my high school and college papers:

A conte crayon selfie I did, probably in the late 80s. Check out that rat tail and that men's blazer!
Thank goodness I found this! 

Apple's first attempt at the iPad 1993. Too soon!

Wherein I find out there is a bias against craft in the art world and vow to work to erase it.
Kicking myself for not investing in this treasure!! (early 90s) 

Early mission statement. Still true. (1989?)

Lino print of my converse, I'm thinking this is  from high school era (mid eighties)

In college I drew my Doc Marten & printed it lithographically. Shoes were important to me!

Then I sculpted my Converse by soldering wire. My fave part is the worn tread.
Just to let you know where I stood on the matter. 


  1. WOW!!...What great re-finds! :-]

  2. What finds! It is fun to peek into our past. It looks like your talents and vision were well defined, even back then. I love your selfie. It's powerful! And, hey, I'm an 80s girl. I love the blazer! ;)

  3. I love your mission statement -- crafting is art (no question). Also love your finding past bits of your past and sharing them here!

  4. I like how you said the weird feelings till arise, but they don't stop you. They are all bark and no bite. The more you do it, the easier it gets.

  5. Look how multi-talented you are! This is why we need to keep at least some things from our past. I love your drawings and handwriting. Do you still print in all caps?