I have agonized over this, enough to make up for those in the group who didn't! I have plenty of photos of me, lots from when I was younger- but I did not want to use those. I recognize her, she's familiar, but it's like looking at someone you know from across a large divide. Sometimes the teenager comes out to play (mostly on those infrequent occasions when I'm with my high school friends in California!)- but it doesn't reflect who I am now.
Looking at more recent photos was even worse. Good grief, when did my mother invade my face? I actually took some self-portraits, and trust me, they never made it out of the camera. Digital technology is a blessing, they were in the proverbial trash can quickly.
I did not want to just print a photo on fabric- and since I rarely do representational art, I was also struggling with how I'm going to pull this off in the time frame. I played with some recent photos in Elements, and came up with some ok ideas. But nothing that excited me.
Then I remembered a chalk sketch I have. It was made a year ago, when I was taken to an artist's studio by a friend, and ended up posing for about six portrait artists. It was a fascinating evening, both learning to sit very still and listen to directives, and watching the artists at work. One of them gave me her sketch when we were done.
I pinned it up on my design wall, took a picture of it, and got what I wanted. It's me NOW, without being photo-realistic. I think the sketch goes beyond what my photos captured, and I hope the finished piece in fabric reflects that also.