|New Life by Gillian Cooper|
Some people work well with a schedule of what they need to do by when and will finish things well in advance so that they will be organised. Others of us, well, let’s just say I’m the queen of the last minute. Without deadlines, I can struggle. Of course, life would be less stressful if I was always ready in advance, but where would the fun be? The kids wouldn’t recognise me if we didn’t arrive up at school right at the last minute. However, I do want it to be noted that in seven years, we haven’t been late once... yet!
And so it is with my artwork. Deadlines can help. I decided that I wanted to make a piece for the SAQA Benefit Auction months ago and when did I make it? The week before the deadline. Luckily, given that it had to posted internationally, the deadline was extended by two weeks. Even better for SAQA, the deadline was extended after I had posted it or it still wouldn’t be finished now.
I decided to make something a little different and experiment. Circles keep cropping up at the moment so I thought I would just go with it and do circles. I hand-dyed lots of different types of fabric to make the circles to add to the texture. It’s finished with recycled glass beads from the African Fabric Shop – I just couldn’t resist them at the Loch Lomond Quilt Show.
Anyway I think it is a bit different to everything else I’m doing and I’m not sure it will be more than one off – but what do you think? Do brighter colours work for me? Does it look like my artwork?! If you really like it, it will be auctioned raise funds for SAQA in September - even if you don't want to buy this piece, you should have a look at some of the others. SAQA has lots of talented members.