See “Ruth Manning/ Postcript on the Gloves” to view the completed version of “Social Graces”.
What is a Selfie?
Like so many things in life, just when I think I have it all figured out something comes along to make me question things once again.
I even wrote about my observations in a blog post, relaying the list my daughter in law had given me as a guide. I love lists. It went something like this:
Selfie is social media
Selfie is about choosing the right pose.
Selfie is about having your phone always on hand.
And now the rules seem to be changing because a photo of a new tapestry I am working on, Social Graces, has appeared on this blog. The idea for the tapestry grew from my memories and yes, they are my gloves…but a “selfie” ? I wouldn’t consider it one.
Maybe this is.
How about this.
But wait, our context here is tapestry, so let’s look at the only portrait I’ve woven where I use the word Selfie in the title, Selfie by Proxy. Linda Wallace gets full credit for the title. It enables me to take the selfie leap.
There was very little planning before I wove this portrait, I drew a rough sketch in a couple minutes and the yarns were gathered in groups in a basket, changed if I needed to adjust the values.
The impetus for this portrait was my hair and it’s constant removal needed from my work space. It suddenly appeared to be thread, so why not include it in the portrait. There’s an actual part of me in the weaving.
I’m not a frustrated English major who hunts down and whines over incorrect usage for a hobby. I just think there has to be a line drawn when using this word and I guess I’m trying to find it. I don’t feel it’s merely the cute word for a portrait, Van Gogh’s selfie for example, but limiting others has always been a problem for me.
One last tapestry. This figure is meant to be me, a narrative self portrait. Can a face with no features be a selfie?