May TIF 1

May TIF 1
Originally uploaded by Dancing Crow.

Sharon’s question for this month is "what do you call what you do".

I try to keep calling it Art with a straight face, really, but then I have to explain it, and it frequently feels as though I’d be better off just walking around with samples instead of business cards.

A while ago I read an article in Surface Design about a piece called "This is what I mean when I go like this."  Or maybe it was a book. But that is the phrase that has been going through my head, with variations…

This is what I do, when I go like this
This is what I mean when I say what I do
This is what I do

6 thoughts on “May TIF 1

  1. I think you’re thinking of the book by Linda Collier Ligon called This Is How I Go When I Go Like This: Weaving and Spinning as Metaphor.
    Great book. Samples instead of business cards would definitely make it easier but I think I’d need a bigger handbag to carry them in!


  2. i keep sayaing that, why do we have to call it something. i am in the ” here i am, i want to share something are you interested?” stage. i have decided to chop up some of my old work into pieces and give them out as business cards. funny eh? just the chopping up process is a milestone for me. i am babbling. love the fabric weaving…


  3. regarding what do you call what you do….
    i’ve come to avoid this question altogether.
    i’ve been known to just make stuff up.
    once i asked my kids what they say when their friends ask what i do….they just laughed


  4. business samples – I love it. Kind of deictic textiles – when you say ‘this’ or ‘that’ it only makes sense when you can actually point to something – a shared artefact or idea, a context that acts as a point of reference.


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