Some collections are just for the afternoon. This was exploring the idea that not every collection has to be about stuff. It could be something transient—a collection of memories or different shaped clouds or, like on this page, going for a walk, picking up bits of stick, leaves and pine cones to look at and hold for a little while, then leaving them behind. There's a freedom in not having to accumulate. Increasingly, this is the way I collect now. As an illustrator, I have always collected what attracts me visually. I used to collect all sorts of doodads and ephemera: orange wrappers, matchboxes, printed waxed papers, postcards of Indian film stars, the tiny packets of sugar that you get in cafés, olive tins and so much more but with every studio and house move I got fed up with all the suitcases and boxes I had to lug around full of this stuff, some of which I hadn't looked at for years. Gradually, over the last three years or so, I started getting rid of my collections. I scanned or photographed what I thought might be useful in the future and then gave, recycled or threw the rest out. Now, I have books, records and clothes but not too much else. Also, with the invention of Pinterest, the online cork board, I had found somewhere to put images I came across on the internet without having to print them off and keep them in folders. I found not having so much stuff liberating, but it didn't stop me being interested in what other people collect and why.