I’ll bet you recognize that “bring you joy” phrase from the Marie Kondo book about decluttering your possessions. I thought it was a strange thing to say to yourself about each item, as you were deciding whether or not it still belonged in your possession. But guess what? Over time, I have come to understand it. I’m already on the path to making my life simpler for some time now, and am an ambitious declutterer. Now and then I jokingly would think does this bring me joy? Now, I’ve come to realize that many things I have don’t. Realizing something does not bring you joy makes it easier to move it out of your home. But I digress.
I’ve been decluttering a large bin of fabrics I have made over the years with surface design techniques. I decided I wanted to use some of them, and pitch some of them that I knew I’d never use. Those that are dear to me I want to use in some artwork, instead of just leaving them in the bin. So to that end, I’ve been sorting and disposing and made my first art piece. It’s 16 by 20 inches. Here it is:
The background fabric I recently purchased because I just loved the organic lines. Immediately I thought of leaf veins or tree branches. The leaf shapes are all fabrics I’ve created through many different methods over the years. They are simply sewn along the edges to the background. I didn’t do anymore quilting on the piece because I didn’t want to interfere with the background fabric’s design. I think of either leaves or feathers. The small grey and white leaves were added for balance, the piece looked odd without them.
I wrapped the piece around a canvas and here it is hung on the wall in my studio. I feel pretty good about it, I’ve actually used some of my own created fabrics, and here they are as a reminder of them. And I’m working on a second piece already! Mostly, I’m glad I have begun to ask myself “does this fabric bring you joy” and clean out that bin!!
Anybody else jumping on board the decluttering train? Would love to hear your stories too.