I have been working on a project through The Artist's Circle, a new Yahoo group. The members of the group are making the same project, a tag book, step by step. It is interesting to see the different outcomes of each step. No one's work is the same, yet we are all following the same program.
I am having a great time because the project is a motivator to cycle through the art supplies on my shelves. It made me think we should look at the archaeology of art - in our own homes! Wouldn't it be fun to name the different eras!
As I look around, I can see:
- the fiber era: embroidery thread, boxes of yarn, knitting and crochet needle cases, button baskets, books on sewing, knitting, crochet, and embroidery, a sewing machine, and boxes of fabric;
- the leather era, an offshoot of the fiber era, but an era in its own right: leather punch tool, box of leather scraps;
- the glass era: beads, bead books, notebooks of sketches and patterns, hardware organizers, pliers and wire cutters, more beads;
- the clay era: pasta machine, tupperware box of clay; and
- the paper era, which for me spans the whole lot: paper, paper making tools, paints, inks, cutters, punches, stamps, glues, brushes, pen points, drafting tools, more paper.