” My mother has just passed away.”
A teary eyed man had walked into the studio and blurted this out. We started talking, and it was up to him to deal with her belongings which including her lives collection and hoarding as a maker of sorts.
This task that lay in front of him was pretty big. He wanted it to go to a home where it would be used and he did not know where to turn, how to divide the items, how to navigate the best way forward.
So the next day he returned with everything she had owned.
Fabrics, buttons, scraps, more zips and curtain hooks than you can shake a stick at. Boxes and tins of threads, needles and velcro untouched. Hooks and knitting pins, half finished garments all knitted in white acrylic. I had a great walk down her memory lane of bits and bobs.
I have since sorted through the lot and have donated the majority of her items to my customers, to school groups, to charity youth centres and more is available to anyone who can make some use of it.
Reflecting on this moment, I know that my children will go through this one day. My husband always jokes that if I kick the bucket first, he will leave my little piles of projects around the house so it would feel like I am still around. Oh my gosh I love him!
This studio first and foremost is about human connections, in good times and the rough times too. A problem shared is a problem halved friends, we are all in this together.
Peace Out x Arohanui