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I have been thinking a lot of shortage, knapphet in Swedish. When my mother was a child, and her parents before her, she had to live with shortage. They all knew what it meant to be efficient, att snåla in Swedish. And the reason was that they didn’t have so much money, and products were expensive, but the reason also was that they were used to always think first before buying something new and throwing anything old.

Somehow today we have forgotten this, we do not have to economize, hushålla. During the latest, say 50 years, we have been overloaded with things. The industrialization has made products so much cheaper, which is good but also bad. We all know that we are wearing out our earth and that the assets are limited.

Last night I removed my worn lining from my winter coat. I didn’t just buy a new coat. I want to mend. I want to live with shortage.

In a way we live under the same circumstances, my ancestors and I. They had to be efficient, we should. Unfortunately, in this word should it is a choice: to think again and to save or to spend. The easiest and the most entertaining way is to spend, a new thing is much more fun than an old. But is spending the best action for our earth? No, of course not.

Industrialization has created consumerism. During the latest 50, even 100 years, we, particularly in the west, have been on a great party, a journey with no limits. But this party cannot go on forever. I, we, have to calm down, to find happiness in something else then things.

I believe in creativity not, consumerism and commercialism. That is why I crochet. That is why I sew and mend, like so many others before me.

This is a painting by Renoir titled Gabrielle mending.

gabrielle-mending

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