I like creating when there are limitations. When I only have a few materials to work with I tend to handle them more gingerly and study them before I begin. I'll take note of their textures and strengths and how they work together. I usually work with limited materials when I travel and only have so much room and time to work on projects. It is an excuse to work small. I like working small.
Working away from the studio also gives me an excuse to scavenge. If I run out of materials or have an idea that requires something I don't have then I need to get it and depending on my cash situation, sometimes it has to be for free! Yesterday I was in Amsterdam and I went to the Droog design shop and asked one of the employees for a small piece of their fancy wrapping paper. The man was surprised but happily gave me some. Then In the north of Amsterdam I walked along the water and picked up rocks and small pieces of wood. In a thrift shop I found a silky handkerchief, buttons and eyelet hooks for a Euro fifty 1.50, but at the till realized I could only pay by card... and mine doesn't work in the Netherlands. The lady behind was so sweet and offered to pay for my buttons!
Anyways I have been working with limited materials while in the Netherlands and it has been so much fun, each new find is a treasure! I am hoping to create a few more pieces for the 3 Generations art show in Edmonton this June! The show will have art work by my oma, my dad and my sister.