So the other day I was rummaging around in my bag for something or other when it occurred to me how ridiculous my 'Whats in my bag' would be. I love seeing these when they're a bit more honest, which is the nature of mine, so I decided to do one. Being an art student, 5 times out of 7 I have a massive bag full of crap that I have to lug from my house to various places around Uni. The dilemma is that I am not as productive at home, but all my art stuff is there. Here's two of the *smaller* bags I take to uni.
I actually had to narrow down what I photographed for this post (yeah, I left out the receipts, bits of paper and 42 bobby pins) but they were in there. The sheer number of pens, paintbrushes, rubbers, sharpeners, bulldog clips, glue sticks etc that accumulate in there would have ruined the picture, but you are starting to get a sense of how much I cart around for fear of wishing I had after 10 minutes in the studio.
Still, some of my *absolute essentials* that I take with me to Uni are as follows: A notepad - probably not unusual for any student I don't think, but we need to take notes at any given moment (lecturers tend to descend on you and bombard you with fantastic advice that you'd do well to write down) My now decidedly battered Michael Kors purse, pens, pencils, paintbrushes and my new favourite gouache paints.
Another less unusual necessity is my headphone, vital for when you are procrastinating and you need to actually isolate yourself and focus on gettin' shit done. Probably more unusual to have *constantly with you* is tea, and teabags. My gal pals and I have started bringing tea and milk to the studio now that they have removed the Starbucks kiosk in our building. Tea is V I T A L for studio survival. I take ordinary tea bags for days we buy milk (I am suffering through with Sainsbury's own teabags at current - woe is me) but I also bring my jasmine tea leaves for days when we have no milk. This is my favourite kind of green tea, and I much prefer the leaves to tea bags.
Finally, I've become one of those hand cream people. Only I'm not because I basically just carry it around and forget about it. But the idea is that I have it on me to help with my resolution of not 'picking' at my nails. If my cuticles are soft and smooth, it's a lot easier to not pick.
I feel like I'm not the only one who just carries this kind of thing around with good intentions??