Aww, I'm sorry. I know it must seem as if I have forgotten all about my dear readers. A confluence of boring detail has kept me from the computer:First off, the stitching on the quilt-for-hire project has been endless white-on-white, not very photogenic.
Second, I once again face the prospect of moving. This alone is enough to short circuit my brain as I dither over whether to move to a place down the road, where I will have to again move from in the fall, or to move to a different island altogether.Whatever I decide, I will have to face that burdonsome pile of boxes of stuff that I have been lugging around for an eternity.
And third,Craft Therapists (for a Plugged-in Society), as Jennifer Brant and I call ourselves, are headed to Portland next month for our presentation at Open Engagement. Here's the blurb I just wrote:
"Free Store" occupies a space in the context of community and exchange. As artists who live on a small, off-grid island we must be much more conscious of the stuff we deal with in our daily life. It is difficult to get things on and off the island and we have limited landfill options.(Our little island can be viewed as a microcosm of Mother Earth.) One strategy we rely on as a means of keeping stuff in the hands of people who can use it is our wonderful Free Store. We are delighted to share a Free Store with the Open Engagement community.
At Free Store, we add value by mending and altering donated clothing, turning something disposable into something meaningful and precious. We circumvent consumer alienation, where we have no connection to the origin of the clothes that we wear, by adding elements of connection, story and personal meaning.
We celebrate the concept of "exuberant frugality", wherein we find pleasure, joy and richness in the shared wealth of our community, while spending little or no money. At Free Store you can visit with friends, exchange stories and be entertained, while browsing the racks, having your favourite jeans repaired, or customizing a shirt. Bring a garment or two to add to the collective fun.