I have thought a lot about this question over the years and am still not certain of the answer? If you dedicate a large part of your life to making a tapestry do you really only want to 'show' it somewhere ONCE? Do you want to continue making work that eventually ends up in some kind of storage in your studio? I am certain that we all have work that has never been shown anywhere. I have several tapestries that I have not photographed and shown here or anywhere else. Many of them are stored in a drawer that now won't take another single tapestry and my little 'Kimono' series are pinned on the boards above the computer desk in my studio. At least that way I get to admire them. Exhibition opportunities often have a 'theme' or size limit. Sometimes you may have something already woven but often entering these shows requires making new work. If you do make a tapestry for a specific exhibition is there anything 'wrong' with including it in a show somewhere else? Even if the work is a few years old? I will never be a prolific tapestry weaver, having tendonitis means that I can't weave for long periods of time, but I am considering what I want to do with the work I make in the future? One conclusion that I have come to is that most different exhibition spaces would attract different people and really so what if someone has seen the work before? Chances would be that most of the audience that you would attract would not be familiar with either you or your work. Writing a 'blog' usually only attracts your family and friends who like to keep up with what you are doing. Or other tapestry weavers and artists who like your work. That being said how many of these people or 'followers' of your blog, website or Facebook friends are likely to ever see one of your tapestries in the flesh? If you continue to make work based around the same series over a long period of time I can see the benefits of exhibiting a larger body of work. It often shows the growth of ideas and the artists progression throughout the series. I enjoy going to solo exhibition of artists who show older works included with new ones, as interests and technique often change showing the personal growth of the artist. It takes a lot of work to have a solo 'tapestry' exhibition so I think that it is wise to search out other opportunities to show you work.
So what do you think?