Thursday, June 23, 2011
My only reason for beginning writing this blog in early 2007, was to find a solution to the difficulties I was experiencing handing in my progress reports to my lecturers at South West Institute of Tafe.
I never really expected other people to be reading it, or even find it very interesting? Since those early days as most thing always do it has changed shape, grow in it’s own way and for me on a personal level made the world of tapestry a much smaller place. It will be one year next month since our Graduate Exhibition, so once your days as a student are finally over, life and your art changes once more. When I first began writing my blog I could only find two other tapestry weavers blogging. Meabh Warburton, living in rural France and Lyn Hart, living in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona. How geographically different can you get? yet we are all similar in so many other ways. Since then there have been many other tapestry weavers writing blogs, so now you can visit a little piece of life, art,creativity, frustration,disappointment's, joys and all other things that go with working as a tapestry artist right across the globe.
This all leads to my current thoughts. In recent months four graduates of the ‘Tapestry Diploma’ have decided to form a group and work towards an exhibition planned for 2013. That date to some people may seem like half a lifetime away but in terms of planning and creating all NEW tapestries it will come around very quickly. Yesterday we all met in Ballarat to look as a group at some venue options, which in itself was surprising as each venue led to different possibilities,and in one instance something that we did not consider at all could completely change the entire dynamics of what we had originally planned.
So to SHARE or KEEP QUIET?
As much as I myself enjoy reading other tapestry blogs, watching tapestries quietly progress into a completed work of art. I also like going to a new exhibition.....never knowing exactly what I am going to see and look at the work with the excitement of seeing it for the first time. A bit like finding an unexpected parcel in the post and the excitement of finding what is inside. Unbeknown to me, someone who’s opinion I value, later told me that they had seen our Graduate Exhibition in Warrnambool. They made comments on some of the works and their view of the overall success of the show. Along with the comment “ of course I had already seen all of yours” Well almost one year later I am still not certain if that was a complement or just a statement that there was nothing new!
So although I will be working away, I don’t at this stage plan on showing any finished tapestries that I will be making for this exhibition. But I will talk in a very quiet way somehow about what I am doing. I also need to consider the fact that although we will all be working on our own individual tapestries, this exhibition will be a group effort and other members of the group will also not be wanting to show their tapestries before the exhibition is hung.
I am certain that everyone else out there who regularly writes a blog will have at some stage addressed these questions themselves.I would LOVE some feedback on your thoughts on the subject?