Dear She Said Noters,
For the past year or so I’ve been watching my brother-in-law learn to play guitar. He lives in England so I get so see his progress when he posts videos of new songs he’s mastered via Facebook—and his teacher is YouTube! We have all dabbled, no doubt, in similar online tutorials: how to regrout a shower (I’m still building up to this one), how to make perfectly rolled sushi (another family project soon to come). And I’m struck. These creative learning experiences require doing and being on two different planes. What I mean is the “doing” (the regrouting, the rice rolling!) is tangible, it’s happening in the here and now… but the “being”—the teacher who IS but is NOT (since they are not physically present for the student to engage with)—has already happened. That video has already been taped and edited… and viewed by many thousands of other potential doers in the making! Focusing on the hands in this photograph, the arms clenched and the hands wringing, inspired the title for this issue of She Said Notes. We’ve called it [Em]bodying—Body talk and the creative process. We want to explore how the creative process might be a mixture of physically doing and being… experienced in the tangible and the ephemeral. What do you think?