I have not stopped talking about the National Folk Festival since I went last year. None of my friends seem perturbed by my monthly gush about what I experienced. And now it’s not long till I will go again (28th March- 1April) and I am planning in my head what I shall take with me. This leather and canvas bag has become part of my fantasy ($160)!
I want to have one tapestry bag full of less essential items like avocados and brown twine, and this bag above will hold my most precious needs:
- bark pencils and canvas paintbrush holder
- array of fountains pens
- black candles
- film camera
- leather roll up journal
- 2 pairs of boots
- crystal necklaces
- bottle of Marsala
- spare purple paisley dress
My list thus far is not too long but it always expands, especially at the last minute. Though I try and scale down I always end up feeling like an obese pack horse. But surely I must be deeply creative to have such an overflowing bag? otherwise what am I doing with some many gluey paintbrushes?
So it makes sense I am so deeply in love with this bag, it has ridiculous amounts of room. But it is not out of proportion with my size and thus mistaken for a boyfriend instead of an accessory. It also has room enough for my packing fantasies. We’ll both definitely be at the festival!
(c)Rachael Nielsen 2013
I’m terrified of living in a big city. If I can’t get to a lake or a dense forest, be it a thicket of willows, pines, silver-birches or burnt black silhouettes of gum trees then I get immensely suffocated by the endless suburbia. I am nevertheless not a cliche ‘nature girl’, when I went to a festival last year I bought a carpet bag with me full of clothes despite the zip being broken, because I found the bag so enchanting. As well, I lamented not having bought an array of light Turkish carpets to line the bottom of my squat tent.
You may not see why I am drawn to this ink though ($20). Wood Ink is a romantic idea, and it might be clear by now that I am more romantic than practical, but what draws me to this Ink is that it smells of pine trees! This bottle of synthetic aroma is frighteningly close to the reality of what forests smell like.
My plan is to use it as a talisman ( I can wear it around my neck, or just carry it in my pencil case) so that I can freely go wherever I need in the world, feeling I have an escape from the constructed universe of man.
(c) Rachael Nielsen 2013