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Posted June 30th, 2015 by Roxane Lessa

What’s Your Biggest Question?


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

LATEST  BREAKING NEWS: 

When I first began this amazing journey of making art quilts back in 1998, I struggled with a lot of things.  I had a million ideas swirling in my head, but no clue how to execute them, evaluate them or if I had a “style”.  Slowly, over the years, these issues began to work themselves out, through much trial and error.

But lately, I’ve been wondering.  And asking questions about this.

My main question is: what’s your biggest question when you contemplate designing or making an art quilt? Especially if you are new or newish.  But we were all new once, right?

I boiled down my research to these main questions.  This is cool because you may have found yourself asking one or more of these questions.  Or maybe you are grappling with one of these right now.  Take a look and tell me below in the comments which one/ones resonate with you or did when you were a newbie.

 

  1. Design: how do I evaluate my own work? Why is something a “good” design?  What’s involved in a “good” composition?  How do I make abstract work?  How do I work in a series and why?
  2. Voice/Style:  What is my style? How do I put myself in my art?  How do I tell my story?
  3. Confidence:  how to make art confidently when I have no formal art training? How to get started and what direction to take my work? Validation- am I any good at this? Will anyone like this?  Should I even bother finishing this?
  4. Construction:  How the heck do I make this?  What techniques will I use?

 

I think every artist asks these questions sooner or later if they stick with it long enough.  I would love to know your answers because I am working on an online version of Making Your Dream Art Quilt ( currently a private coaching program).  I may call it something else, but this is what I want to help people with.

With that in mind I am re- posting a previous tutorial that teaches you how to get started constructing your art quilt. Click on this link:

Making the Rio quilt

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Hopefully, it will jumpstart one of the ideas swirling in your head!  And don’t forget to comment below!

 


Come see my work in person!  Every piece is for sale.  Why not take one home to beautify your home or office?

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Fine Arts League of Cary show at Searstone Retirement Community, 

17001 Searstone Dr, Cary, NC 27513
(877) 841-2758

This show will be up from June 4-Aug. 4.

 


 

 

Also, a quick reminder….

Some of you expressed interest in learning online how to make a 3-D Textile painting like I taught on Quilting Arts TV.

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Here is the link to sign up for that class:

https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/6810/about


New 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!
 I have extended my private coaching program, from 3 months to 6 months.  I believe the transformation my students are looking for must take place over a longer period of time to have a lasting impact.

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 17+ 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.


 

QUILTING ARTS TV

Don’t forget to get yours:  Quilting Arts TV has the new 1500 Series available for download-  YES this is the one I am in (squee!!) Click HERE to get yours.

 

Susan and I on set

My Pinterest: You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.

About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has been accepted to teach in Houston.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://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 June 23rd, 2015 by Roxane Lessa

Sharing My Artistic Process


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

LATEST  BREAKING NEWS: 

This week I thought I would share my artistic process of making one of my art quilts.  This is because I am frequently asked, “How do you make that?”  So I’m going to take you on the journey from start to finish of this particular art quilt…

I started with a wonderful piece of fabric I bought from Lisa Reber a while back.  And a picture I had saved from National Geographic of somewhere in Brazil.

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A scrap of the fabric:


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At first I thought I would try an abstract composition that vaguely resembled the picture.  I tried several layouts, but wasn’t thrilled by any of them.  Why? I kept asking myself….

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Then it occurred to me that while there was some variety in the sizes and lengths of the shapes, everything was pretty much the same.  It was too predictable, too boring- too much repetition.  Meh.  Back to the drawing board…

I liked the foreground and the background colors and values.  I liked the texture that was happening with some white Shiva Paintsticks on the background silk.  But it still wasn’t enough variety.  So here’s where I needed to be willing to deviate from the picture to create some excitement.  I added a 3-D element by stiffening the striped pieces with Peltex so that it would be raised in some areas off the surface, and zig-zagged around the raw edges.  Then I added the complement of blue which is yellow/orange, in small quantities, repeating the spirals found in the quilting.  WOW!  That little pop of blue’s complement really made for some zing.

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It also created lots of movement as the values turned lighter towards the top (gradation).  Now I was happy. So I faced the edges, quilted it and machine stitched down the blue and white shapes where they touched the background.

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What do you think?  Do you think I made the right decisions? What else could I have tried to improve this piece?  What have you tried that has helped you with design decisions?  I would love to hear from you, and as always if you need help or want some new design ideas, please comment!

 


Come see my work in person!

Fine Arts League of Cary show at Searstone Retirement Community, 

17001 Searstone Dr, Cary, NC 27513
(877) 841-2758

This show will be up from June 4-Aug. 4.

 


 

 

Also, a quick reminder….

Some of you expressed interest in learning online how to make a 3-D Textile painting like I taught on Quilting Arts TV.

IMG_6399_2_2

 

Here is the link to sign up for that class:

https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/6810/about


New 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!
 I have extended my private coaching program, from 3 months to 6 months.  I believe the transformation my students are looking for must take place over a longer period of time to have a lasting impact.

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 17+ 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.


 

QUILTING ARTS TV

Don’t forget to get yours:  Quilting Arts TV has the new 1500 Series available for download-  YES this is the one I am in (squee!!) Click HERE to get yours.

 

Susan and I on set

My Pinterest: You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.

About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has been accepted to teach in Houston.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://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 June 15th, 2015 by Roxane Lessa

What do you truly want?


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

LATEST  BREAKING NEWS: 

I recently asked a question of a wonderful group of art quilters on Facebook called Art Quilts 101.  I wanted to know what they truly wanted to be working on, and what was preventing them from making it.  Too often I hear from my students that they love fiber art or art quilting, and they have lots of ideas for what they want to make, but somehow it doesn’t happen.

Life does instead.

So here’s what is preventing them:

* time

* kids/family/husbands

* space constraints

* other commitments/responsibilities

* getting started/deciding what to do

* UFO’s

* lack of skills

* lack of confidence

* right tools

My left brained logical mind likes to break things down, so I can come up with a solution with my more creative right brain.

So here goes:

List A has reasons that we can all do something about by learning from a teacher or taking a class of some kind

A

  • Skills
  • Using right tools

List B has reasons that are preventing us that we have made up.

B

  • time
  • kids/family/husbands
  • space
  • other commitments
  • getting started/ making decisions
  • lack of confidence
  • using UFO’s as an excuse

Now when I say we made them up, it doesn’t mean they aren’t real or don’t exist.  The part we made up is the idea that we use them as an excuse for not doing what we say we really want to do.  And I’m not saying I have all the answers either!

But here’s what I do know:

We can decide from a conscious place what is important to us, and make it a priority in our lives.  So the B list is actually good news, because we have the power to choose our way of thinking about every thing on that list.

At this point, you might want to jot down in a journal a few things on your list of important projects .  Then write down next to it WHY  it is important to you.  Unless you decide why it’s important to YOU, all the other things on list B will seem more important and urgent.  Right?

Here’s an inspiring example from a friend and one of my coaches, Lesley Riley.  She made most of her art work on her bed because she had no other space, and by the way she and her husband had 6 kids.  She now has umpteen grand kids, a flourishing art career, and has written and published many books.  You can see her work on http://lesleyriley.com/.  Lesley made her art a priority and didn’t make all the other stuff in her very busy life into a reason why she couldn’t.  Lesley continues to inspire me, and I hope she will inspire you too!

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Now here’s the other part about list B.  You can’t do this by yourself.  You will need support.  From your family, from other art groups, from your teachers, from your whatever helps you remember.  It’s way too easy to get distracted or side tracked.  This I know for myself! I have been working myself with not only Lesley, but also 2 other coaches.  They are a BIG reason why I have gotten out of  my own way, and my limiting beliefs about myself.  So you know I believe in the power of effective coaching, and that’s why I began coaching art quilters.  If you feel you need help with your B list, just shoot me an email and I will be happy to talk with you about how coaching can make a difference for you.


Last week I had a blast at Bernina World of Sewing in Raleigh. Demo-ing on the new BERNINA 770 QE. Take a look:

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And the students painting with fabric paint on their morning glories.  I’m so proud of them for getting past their limiting beliefs about how they can’t paint!!

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Come see my work in person!

Fine Arts League of Cary show at Searstone Retirement Community, 

17001 Searstone Dr, Cary, NC 27513
(877) 841-2758

This show will be up from June 4-Aug. 4.

 


 

 

Also, a quick reminder….

Some of you expressed interest in learning online how to make a 3-D Textile painting like I taught on Quilting Arts TV.

IMG_6399_2_2

 

Here is the link to sign up for that class:

https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/6810/about


New 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!
 I have extended my private coaching program, from 3 months to 6 months.  I believe the transformation my students are looking for must take place over a longer period of time to have a lasting impact.

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 17+ 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.


 

QUILTING ARTS TV

Don’t forget to get yours:  Quilting Arts TV has the new 1500 Series available for download-  YES this is the one I am in (squee!!) Click HERE to get yours.

 

Susan and I on set

My Pinterest: You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.

About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has been accepted to teach in Houston.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://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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