Stuff. All over social media. Stuff. Stuff that’s new, stuff that will help you do this part of your craft easier, stuff that will help you do that part of your art better, stuff that’s popular, stuff that you want gotta have right now right now right now buy buy buy!
It’s overwhelming just typing all of that.
Every time I go onto social media (the primary people with whom I interact are artists and makers) I’m bombarded with stuff.
“This is THE ONLY ink you’ll ever need!”
“If you aren’t using THIS tool for your canvas, then you aren’t doing it right!”
“If you aren’t using THESE crochet hooks then what are you even doing?”
“Look at these NEW stamps! If you had these new stamps you would be SO much happier!”
Anybody else feel that way?
There’s stuff coming out every week. So many new products.
Now don’t get me wrong; I would absolutely love to have all of those brand new, awesome things. I can’t, though.
Well, I save my money so that I can buy that product I see everyone using. I save and save and by the time I’ve saved up enough two things happen;
1.) It’s typically now on clearance (Hooray! Clearance makes me happy!) and
2.) Everyone has moved on to the next big thing.
It can be a blessing, though, to not have the crafty things other people on social media are using.
Yes, you heard me right. A blessing.
A friend and I were talking one day and they confided in me that they actually missed the days when they hadn’t had as much. That the over abundance of product they now possessed was actually stifling their creativity.
Let’s use a stamp positioner as an example of how a product can make you less creative. I am only using it as an example. I will throat punch anyone who tries to take my stamp positioner away 😆
If you have a stamp positioner it’s very easy to stamp things evenly and get a great impression.
Let’s say you don’t have a stamp positioner. Let’s say that you have clear stamps but nothing to attach them to.
What do you do? How do you stamp without the positioner? How do you make sure things are lined up neatly and that you get a good impression?
You figure it out by thinking creatively.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with having every single thing on the market. If that makes you happy then by all means carry on, my wayward son 🎶
My point is this; there’s a lot of new products coming out all the time and it can be overwhelming.
Things to remember:
- It’s okay if you don’t have one in every color.
- It’s okay if you don’t have the latest and greatest.
- Your art is just as good as that other person’s even if you don’t have the products they do
- You don’t need to have every single thing other people have (but if you do and it makes you happy then go for it!)
- You can make meaningful art without having every product under the sun
- Sometimes less truly is more
Until next time,
Trees, bees, cheddar cheese,
In an upcoming post I will be discussing the impact that product bombardment from social media has on artists who reside outside the US.
In a future post I will also be touching on not being able to obtain products and the feelings of envy it can cause