Get them out there!

Hangups – we’ve all got them.


What’s been bugging you, what’s your hangup? Do you believe you are not good enough, that you might never find love, that you always miss opportunities, or have you held onto bad memories that trip you up? Hangups are defined as “a psychological or emotional difficulty, or an obstacle to smooth progress or development”: ie, negative thinking and beliefs, old beliefs about ourselves the world, the little things that bug us and cause stress; bad habits that keep us down, fears, and schemas.

October is the month to get it off your chest! Mental health month is a great time to start taking back ownership of your headspace and healing your heart.


This interactive installation invites everyone to bare and share any hangups anonymously, in order to purge, reassure, own, embrace, or let go of the things that keep us down. By openly acknowledging and sharing our hangups, we can both diminish their hold on us and relax in the knowledge that ‘it’s not just me’. That feeling blue, alone, anxious, and hopeless are just parts of a greater journey.



What happens?

Participants anonymously write down their hangups on placards or ribbons that will be hung up onto coat hangers, which will grow into an evolving, colourful display. If desired, the hangups may be shared via social media with the hashtags #hangups and #artsparra. The contributions are then written up in beautiful colourful calligraphy by our resident artist.



Why in a clothing and art shop?

Unknown Quantity’s core values include individuality, meaning, diverse beauty, individual empowerment, and making the world a better place through design and art. While the fashion industry thrives on leveraging peoples’ insecurities and sense of lack, we seek to create a new system of personal validation in which everyone thrives by confidently embracing individuality in themselves and others. This year’s Mental Health Month’s theme of “Be YOUnique” aligns perfectly with our values, and we wholeheartedly support the affirmation of each individual’s uniqueness, whether through art, dressing, or design.



Where: Unknown Quantity store

Shop 16, Connection Arcade – 162-172 Church St, Parramatta


When: October 1-21, during business hours

Wed      9:30am – 6pm

Thurs     9:30am – 7pm

Fri           9:30am – 6pm

Sat          9:30am – 3pm

Contact: hello [AT] unknownquantity [DOT] org

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