Quick post today, as a pile of marking has just shown up.
I was idly leafing through a rather nice book with an awful title: Living the Creative Life by Rice Freeman-Zachery, and I came across this quotation from Wendy Hale Davis:
Every piece I’ve just finished is absolutely the finest thing I’ve ever done… for a couple of hours. Or days. Or the worst thing I’ve ever done. (p. 116)
Wendy Hale Davis is a bookbinder and art journal maker. I really liked this as it struck a chord with me. My favourite piece is almost always the last piece I have done or the first in a series like the Body Shop shrine prototype:
Finishing things is fascinating. I like the sense of achievement but the next day I’m usually ready to start again. It extends to written academic work as well. I finish a piece and think it’s great. Five or even two years later I can’t bear to read it because it seems so naive or pretentious or wrong. Finishing is problematic.
Here’s a bit more of Hale Davis’ work: