Body of Work and that “Behind” Feeling

Zig Zag III (Private Collection)I am having a hard time keeping up with everything. I was thinking that I’d like to find someone to help with the needle weaving and finishing of pieces, making the muslin wrappers, etc, but I actually don’t know where to start. So, I began thinking of other areas that could use some help. First, there’s the yard, or rather, the jungle that surrounds me. Second, there’s the housework. I’ve decided that I like doing the yard work, even though I may gripe. At least when I mow there’s exercise involved, and you can look back and see what you’ve accomplished. The housework seems to never end or to be accomplished. So that’s where I’ll start with looking for help. That’s one “body of work,” just not the usual one we think of when we use that expression.

I have been thinking of that expression, though, for a while. Body of work…what does that mean really? Then I ran across this on Facebook:

Why are we so interested in art that is “new”?

Recently I have been doing a lot of thinking about the dilemma between creating a body of work versus the urge/need to create something “new.” Certainly there is a lot to be said for a body of work–there is the old adage that “Practice Makes Perfect.” If you hope to support your

source:the quilts of ann brauer

link:Full Article…

Zig Zag I (Private Collection)I was hooked and had to read the full article. I have been trying to take a design and explore as many possibilities as I can. I did this once before with zigzags. I thought I was through with zigzags, but now I don’t think so. They keep coming back to my consciousness, and I am currently working on a couple of doodles involving zigzags. Zig Zag II (Private Collection) 

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3 thoughts on “Body of Work and that “Behind” Feeling

  1. Rebecca Mezoff

    Wow Sherri, Thanks for the link to Ann Breuer’s post. These are interesting and important questions!

    As for getting help, I bet there are some people out there who would be willing and capable of helping you with the “studio work” of your weavings, etc.

  2. Sherri Woodard Coffey

    Rebecca, I’m glad you liked the link. This must be something we all think about. And thanks for the encouragement about finding help. I think I will follow through on the house stuff and then see where I stand on the other. It could be that if some of the other nagging chores were done, the finish work would be easier to accomplish–although very boring. Thank goodness audio books!


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