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In response to the whine “You could just use your credit.” I explain to my children that sometimes you cannot just use your credit card.
As a parent I am often coming up with ways to share the skill of “making do” and responding creatively to a situation with limited resources.
When you are stuck and desire to be somewhere else and have exhausted all your ‘tried and tested” ways to problem solve collaboration (with an accompanying deadline) is a great way to shake it up and get uncomfortable and break through all the crap.
Working with Anna Winnekke, an artist in Fryerstown Central Victoria, to exchange art works via instagram and a blog backed up with the commitment to put on a public showing is the pressure mechanism for Amending. Problem solving squished up with a weekly deadline shakes out imbedded routines of problem solving.
Outside the blocks of the city you can be reassured you will find the same products, displayed within aisles, within the same designed packaging. These purchased solutions are in my home and are an everyday part of my life. Here, outside this Amending part of my life, I am not exercising my-making-do muscle.
Teamed up with my Amending making-do exercise partner I get into a twelve week commitment to revisit, discard and make do. Amongst the ever ending shopping lists and calendar commitments this is our chance to Amend our domestic, our creative practice and become inventors, heroines and boundary breakers.