Carol and I
Posted September 8th, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

Charlotte Quilters Guild

Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!  Last week I lectured at the fabulous Charlotte Quilters Guild meeting.  I stayed with a lovely couple in their gorgeous home right on Lake Wylie, Carol and Gary.  I met many friendly people, and had a great time.IMG_0689

Carol's house

Carol’s house

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This week, I thought I would post a tutorial on how I get started with a quilt from a photo.  My Charlotte ladies will remember I showed my Venice quilt at the lecture/trunk show.  This one’s for you!  Here’s how I got started with this one….

I haven’t made a pictorial quilt in a while and I’m enjoying it. I find it easier than abstract quilts which are made spontaneously, and unlike the pictorial quilts, have no road map to follow. That picture above shows the transparency that I trace from the photo. I project it on the wall and decide how big to make it.  AS I’m projecting it on the wall, I trace it onto freezer paper.  Here is the completed freezer paper pattern:

Now I’m ready to preview fabrics—aka the fun part! That gorgeous pink hand dye was dyed by my friend Lyric Kinard. The rest are dyed by moi or are batiks.

So now I’m ready to play for real. I start cutting out pattern pieces and pinning to my background fabric, just like I’m making a puzzle.

I thought about making the center building red, like in the photo, but decided to make it a cool purple so it would recede more into the distance and be less important. I should have taken a picture with the red so you could see. Trust me, it was better with the purple! All the fabrics are prefused before I cut out the shapes, less messy edges that way.

Once the fabrics have all passed the final evaluation, I fuse them down onto muslin.  Now I’m ready to paint the details!

In other news:

I will be showing some of my newer art quilts at the Sandhills Show and the Piedmont Quilt Show, both in North Carolina.  I will be having a booth in the latter half of the Piedmont show, and visiting the Sandhills show.  I hope I’ll see you there!

Plus- I’ll be away the following week filming 2 segments for Quilting Arts TV!  I’ll let you know more about that later….

 As always, a big thanks for reading!

 

Master Art Quilters Guild 

For details read below  ↓

TWO WAYS FOR YOU TO EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH YOUR QUILTING!

The Private Coaching Program for art quilters who are serious about their art making (see below).  But also, I’m adding the Master Art Quilters Guild, the new group coaching program, for those of you who like to work with others.  This Fall’s group is now closed, but for more info, just click HERE for .  Next one will probably start with the New Year.

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!


 

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 September 4th, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

Let the Fabric Tell the Story

Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!  Here’s a peak into my studio….

Let the Fabric Tell the Story

Sometimes you find some fabric that really inspires you.  But what  will you make with it?  Last week I let the fabric and a new stamp I bought speak to me.  Here’s the stamp, which I got at the Durham Quilt Show, from my friend Judy Gula at Artistic Artifacts:

Shell stamp

Shell stamp

 

It was hand carved by an Indian farmer-isn’t it gorgeous!

And I decided that the beach was my main idea- not a big leap, since I was using a huge shell!

I pulled these hand dyed and Shibori dyed fabrics from my stash, because they always remind me of water ripples.

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Then I went to work, using Sheila Frampton Cooper’s method of improvisational curved piecing.  But first I played with the stamp!  I tried rubbing it with a Shiva paintstick, and painting and stamping with fabric paint.

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I thought the one on the right using paint looked crisper.

Shell piece

Shell piece

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Here’s what I ended up with.  I took the black and white photo to test my value balance.  It looks pretty good except I think I will use some darker thread and quilting in the large teal area to integrate some of the darker values there.  I’m not sure yet how I will finish the edges, but it will probably be a shaped facing, or maybe a bias binding.

Next step is to audition thread and decide on quilting motifs and patterns!

As always, a big thanks for reading!

 

Master Art Quilters Guild 

For details read below  ↓

TWO WAYS FOR YOU TO EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH YOUR QUILTING!

The Private Coaching Program for art quilters who are serious about their art making (see below).  But also, I’m adding the Master Art Quilters Guild, the new group coaching program, for those of you who like to work with others.  This is starting Sept. 2. You may have seen the emails about it last week, but in case you didn’t, just click HERE for more info.

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!


 

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 August 27th, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

Let Me Introduce…..

Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!

Let me introduce to you some fabulous artists I know.  Yes!  It’s a blog hop!

My beautiful friend, Deborah Younglao, famous for her gorgeous silk painting, is my feature artist.  She also does nuno felted scarves in combination with her painted silk for extra yummy texture.  You can read about her process here: http://www.deborahyounglao.com/blog.  And here:

“Painting on lustrous silk with brilliant, liquid dyes has been my passion for nearly 20 years. A piece of silk being painted becomes a living thing. While the dyes are wet they are constantly on the move… the creation in front of me is always changing. The dyes, the silk and I dance together. Sometimes I lead; more often than not the painting leads. My painted silk may become a 2-dimensional painting, a 3-dimensional quilt, or a fluid piece of wearable art to grace your shoulders.”Document1

 

Deborah asked me to answer some questions about  my own work, which I will now do:

1) What am I working on?

Right now I am dyeing silk and working on a large Sculptured Silk piece.  It will be fairly large with brilliant warm colors.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Some of my pictorial art quilts are similar to others’ work, but my most innovative work includes heavy emphasis on texture and 3-D components used in a new way.  For example, when I create a 3-D wall sculpture, I like the way the shapes and textures jump off the wall.

3) Why do I work the way I do?

My primary goal is to uplift the viewer.  I want to  inspire by showing ordinary things in their simplicity and beauty.  And I like to bring a bit of fantasy to the everyday.

4) How does my creative process work?

I follow my intuition about colors, shapes and lines.  If something doesn’t feel right or balanced, or seems confused I change it or simplify it.  I always seem to love working with lucius colors and textures, and combining them together in unusual ways.  That’s why textiles are such a fascinating medium to me.

Enough about me!  Now here are two more artists you are sure to enjoy.  They are Jenny Lyon, and Carol Eaton.  Here’s Jenny….

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“I am passionate about free motion quilting! I am also an award winning art quilter and garment maker. I love to teach others the art of machine quilting and inspire them to do their best work.

 I call myself the Quilt Skipper because once while quilting my own quilt, I was so delighted by the unexpected beauty of it and what emerged from my needle, that I found myself cheerfully skipping around the house when I took my breaks. I want that joy to stay forever and I want to pass that joy on to my students.

I’ve been doing this sewing thing since I was a little girl making my own clothes. I live in Northern California with an oh-so-patient hubby and our Basset Boy. Our two grown sons have left the nest to become men, leaving more room for books, fabric and notions.

I’ve been juried into some pretty cool shows and taught in some pretty cool places. If you want to know more, please visit my blog here.”

 

Breeze II by Jenny Lyon

Breeze II by Jenny Lyon

 

And now here is Carol….

Carol's fabric self portrait

Carol’s fabric self portrait

 

www.carolreatondesigns.blogspot.com

 “I am a surface design artist creating original, one-of-a-kind fabrics. I incorporate unusual techniques such as dyeing with ice, manipulating fiber reactive dyes, and the use of decolorants. I’m an ardent observer of my surroundings always ready for the unexpected color or element to catch my eye and influence my next project.  Warm colors, balance and an unexpected variety of texture can be found in every piece of art cloth.”

Here’s some of her yummy fabric!  Some of you may want to check out her online store and buy some of this yumminess!

Hand Painted Cotton - Garden Variety

Hand Painted Cotton – Garden Variety

Please go meet these talented ladies online, and get inspired by them!!

As always, a big thanks for reading!

LESS THAN ONE  WEEK LEFT!!

Master Art Quilters Guild 

So Early Bird Pricing ended last Friday, but there’s still a few spaces open.  You can still get in……

For details read below  ↓

TWO WAYS FOR YOU TO EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH YOUR QUILTING!

The Private Coaching Program for art quilters who are serious about their art making (see below).  But also, I’m adding the Master Art Quilters Guild, the new group coaching program, for those of you who like to work with others.  This is starting Sept. 2. You may have seen the emails about it last week, but in case you didn’t, just click HERE for more info.

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!


 

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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