Julie S.

I smiled when I read the lesson. I have a friend and we have spent time making art together for many years. I always went big big bigger and she went tiny tiny and very precise. The difference works for us both. I was thinking about the commitment to work. I often have this feeling in my stomach when I think about or start a piece of work. It’s something I need to explore because I don’t understand what it’s about. A need to rush and complete, I don’t know. The sitting and working and taking a long time feels alien to me because I believe that for many years I have felt that my making was an add on to everything else. But I have a project that birthed in my imagination last year after a visit to the First World War battle fields of Flanders. I was going to make it for the Festival of Quilts, but realised, to do the project justice and to truly express what I want to say, I have to give it time and let the whole thing evolve over a period of time. Dip in now and again and do some more, not rush it. It’ll be ready for next year. And the 100 challenge will be sewing buttons onto the rust dyed fabric for this project. But I have to wait for the fabric to rust and actually it’s not going very well at the moment so I need to find more rusty metal, which will take time.

I recently entered a quilt into a challenge, and the making of it made me take the time to do it justice by not rushing. I learnt a lot by doing the challenge. I learnt that it’s ok to take time in the making and approach a project in a steady way, because the end result was so much better than if I had rushed into it and kept the pins in and try to sew it that way. It would have been pants to have stabbed myself with all the pins and bled all over the piece. Try explaining that to the jurors. “Well these red bits are meant to be here…..yes really!!” So I am learning to adjust my behaviour. I am now feeling deprived if I don’t spend some time very day in my studio. Even if I only go up there to have a sort out.