|Sue Payne with her quilt Roofscape|
|Berlin Reichstag by Hilde van Schardenburg|
The SAQA exhibition was called ‘Wide Horizons’ and I had entered a piece which hadn’t been accepted. Naturally, I was disappointed. Often I have heard people say that “it’s not your work, it just didn’t fit in with the exhibition and to make the exhibition work well, there needs to be some kind of cohesion”. Although I understand the sentiment, it wasn’t until I looked at the Wide Horizons show that I realised how true it was. The piece I had submitted would have stood out like a sore thumb besides these works. For once in my life I had used bright colours – and guess what? – most of these were beautifully subdued. Size-wise too, mine would have taken up a lot of space and that would have restricted the numbers of other pieces that would have been on show. It was very interesting to see. And whilst I’m not saying that was the reason my piece was not accepted – it may not have been good enough, the jurors may not have liked it etc – it helped me realise why sometimes you get rejections.
|Gillian Cooper Chaos|
In the meantime, here are some more of the lovely quilts that were on show.