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Posted April 14th, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

Failure is Good For Learning

Hi Everyone!

A big welcome to all the new readers!  What’s new? Well, I’m not happy with the way the new piece is turning out.  And because of that, I’ve been slightly disgruntled and off balance all week.  I finally decided to scrap it and start over.  Let’s jump over to the studio and find out what went wrong, shall we?

 

STUDIO SNIPPETS

So here’s where I was after painstakingly trimming all the dark bits:

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I started adding a gradation of grey which was going to get darker at the top.  It was supposed to make the blues really glow, but it just deadened the whole piece.   Also, I was starting to get really bored.  Why? What looked compelling in a small pencil sketch, just wasn’t that exciting when I blew it up.  Again, why?  Well, the single stem and the leaves were looking very static and predictable.  Yes, I had a good value range.  Yes, the colors are beautiful.  But there is not enough movement for my taste.  So, I scrapped it.

 

And then I just played with some movement:

 

 

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And added some circular lines:

 

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Well, now I had a lot of movement, but it was too chaotic.  So I removed some pieces.  Sigh.  Still not happy with this.  

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Bottom line: when something is not working- STOP, and do something else.  I may need to take a holiday from this one for a while and come back to it later. Hopefully a fresh perspective will help.  Another good reason for working on a few different projects at once.  :lol:


ROXY RECOMMENDS 

Artquilts: Whimsy is opening next week. I hope to see you there!

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April 23 – June 22, 2014

Page-Walker Arts and History Center 
119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513

Artist Reception: April 25, 2014 6 to 8pm

Also, this is a great conference we have 2x per year.  Join PAQA South to get more involved with art quilting.  You do not have to be a professional to join! Here’s the link: http://paqa-south.org/membership/

PAQA-South Spring Conference 
April 25 – 26, 2014 

 

 


  

PRIVATE ART QUILTING MASTERY COACHING

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 15+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve.

To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: 

Schedule Appointment

You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.

Did You Know?

That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at?  

Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned.

 It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too!   


CUSTOM COMMISSIONS

And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience:

“Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!”

About Roxane

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Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: roxane@roxanelessa.com

Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

 

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Posted April 7th, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

What Every Quilter Needs to Know Before They Sew

Hi Everyone!

A big welcome to all the new readers!  What’s new? Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to some very talented ladies at Bernina Club in Raleigh.  I even showed them my very first quilt. Ever.  Bad quilting and all.

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In case you couldn’t be there, I can give you the Cliff notes. Here is the Reader’s Digest version:

If you want to make memorable, well-designed quilts, and who doesn’t, you must, must , must learn from my mistakes! Yes, I’ve made them so you don’t have to :)

Here are 3 very common problems that I have noticed in my own work and my students work:

1.  Where do you begin? How do you get started with an original art quilt? (And do I have to know how to draw?)

2.  Undervaluing value contrast

3.  Rushing to finish without evaluating your design

And here are my solutions:

For #1:  Gather Inspiration

Collect pictures in a notebook, or on Pinterest.  Take camera walks looking for things that catch your eye.  Round up your best travel photos.  Collect pictures of textures, colors, animal, vegetable and mineral life, water, skies, trees- in short, anything you’re attracted to.  Use these images as a jumping off point.  You can trace the most important parts- so no, you don’t have to draw!  Some of my best work came from a photo.

For #2:  Use a Range of Values

Get to know your values-  the values you have in your stash.  If you don’t have the lightest and darkest values, you are not playing with a full deck of cards!  And worse, your quilts will be boring because of the lack of value contrast.  See if you can see the values in your fabrics by looking at them through your camera on the black and white setting.  

 

For #3:  Stop, Wait, & Evaluate

Work up until your pieces are up on your design wall- pinned, but not sewn or fused.  Now move back and make sure you have a balanced composition.  Really look! Do you have a good range of values?  Is your composition too chaotic or too static?  Is your focal point clear?  Is your main idea clear?  Do this final evaluation before you finish and don’t rush this part.  According to Jane Hall, well respected quilter and judge, a good design counts as much as good technique. Really!  I heard her say it…

I hope these  tips help you with your designing.  And if you have any questions about designing your original art quilts, please ask me below in the comments. 

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Adding the dark values has helped give this piece some definition.  But I had to cut the dark strips because they were too thick and were overpowering the whole design.  Little by little this piece is coming together!  I haven’t had much time to work on it lately, but I hope to get some more work done later this week.

 


ROXY RECOMMENDS 

Two fabulous books that are required reading for all my students:  Inspired to Design, Seven Steps to Successful Art Quilts   and Visual Guide to Working In a Series, both by Elizabeth Barton.  You can get them both on Amazon. Gorgeous pics, and lots of great design advice.


  

PRIVATE ART QUILTING MASTERY COACHING

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 15+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve.

To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: 

Schedule Appointment

You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.

Did You Know?

That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at?  

Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned.

 It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too!   


CUSTOM COMMISSIONS

And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience:

“Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!”

About Roxane

Roxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: roxane@roxanelessa.com

Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

 

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Posted April 1st, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

In Honor of Spring

Hi Everyone!

A big welcome to all the new readers!  What’s new?  In honor of Spring, I am starting a new piece in a new series!  What’s springing up  in your studio?

 

STUDIO SNIPPETS

Remember this photo from last week?

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And this one?

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 I love to use hand dyes, mine and other artists’, plus batiks.  What do you like to use?

Well, some of the fabrics I chose last week got jettisoned.  Here’s what I have so far:

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I’m just in love with those peacock colors, aren’t you? It will be about 24″ x 36″ and fused applique.  I could have pieced it, but fusing is faster for me.  Sometimes when you have a lot of ideas, you gotta work the easiest and most immediate way you can.  Hopefully, one can do this without sacrificing any quality.  And as you may recall, Misty Fuse is my fusible of choice.  It’s very light weight, and has no pesky paper to get stuck on the back.

That’s if for me this week- gotta go practice my speech and hope the slide projector works  :-D.  What speech?  See below.

 


ROXY RECOMMENDS 

Get thee to Bernina World of Sewing  in Raleigh NC for Bernina Club this Thurs at 7 PM/Friday at 10 AM/Sat.  at 10 AM for a my lecture, slide and trunk show called:  What Every Art Quilter Needs to Know Before They Sew.  It’s going to be packed full of good info and tips you can use right away, whether you are a traditional or modern quilter.  Click on the live link above for more details.


  

PRIVATE ART QUILTING MASTERY COACHING

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 15+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve.

To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: 

Schedule Appointment

You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.

Did You Know?

That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at?  

Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned.

 It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too!   


CUSTOM COMMISSIONS

And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience:

“Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!”

About Roxane

Roxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: roxane@roxanelessa.com

Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

 

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