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Posted March 31st, 2015 by Roxane Lessa

Are You a Stage 2 Art Quilter?

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

LATEST NEWS:  I’m hard at work on my entry into the Full Bloom show for Houston this year.  I’ll give y’all a sneak peak.  And I’ll tell you the process later…but it does involve tulips….

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FEATURE ARTICLE:

Are You a Stage 2 Art Quilter? 

Watch this video and find out!

Stage 2 quilters are all about the technique.  How does it get made?  Can I do that too? I need to take more classes, buy more stuff, try it all out!  You are experimenting, sometimes you like what you make, sometimes you don’t, but it’s all ok- because you are learning what you like to do.  This stage is great fun.  But it also has it’s downside….

At some point, you look at what you’ve been making, and realize that putting more Angelina Fibers, more crystals, more fancy stitches gets a bit……much.  Not that there’s anything wrong with all those fun things.  But more is not always more.

To give your work impact, a voice, and some consistency, at some point you need to move beyond Stage 2.  Why?  Can’t I play with all the goodies forever, you say?

Sure, but they need to be at service to the whole piece, the whole design- not just be what the whole design is about.  Is this making any sense?

So what to do, you say?

Here’s a great action step:  look over all your work to date, pick out your favs, and ask yourself why you like them.  Pick out one aspect of that- say, it’s the use of texture to show an animal’s fur, and use intense texture to make something else. Or just make something abstract using texture as your main design element.

Make sure your art quilt is about something- not just about techniques or embellishments- give it a main focus.  It will appeal to more people that way!

Thanks for reading and if you feel like commenting, please do! I always read them, and respond.

 


 

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 March 23rd, 2015 by Roxane Lessa

The 5 Attributes of Being an Artist

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

LATEST NEWS:

Great news!  I’m teaching online!!  Now you can work with me from home with a fun group.  Dancing with Design-Composition for Quilters is open for registration NOW and starts APRIL 2nd.  There is a FREE lesson so you can get a taste.  Click HERE for the free lesson, and HERE for the full course description and to enroll.


FEATURE ARTICLE:

What are the 5 attributes of being an artist? I’m sure there may be more, but when I look deeply at myself, I see these 5…see if you can relate to any of them.

1. Passion
You have an unexplainable passion to express yourself making by making art. You’re not sure where it comes from, but you know you must make art. When you don’t, you’re miserable, crabby and maybe clinically depressed.

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2. Beauty
You crave beauty. You need it like water and air. It draws you in and you MUST have it in your surroundings. You are awed by the power and magic beauty has to heal and uplift us all.

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3. Clarity
Clear vision about what you want to bring forth and make. Clarity about what is unecessary in your work. Uncluttered environment and emotional space to work in.

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4. Excellence
Excellence in training and execution. Excellence in your materials, tools and craftsmanship. And excellence in your teachers and coaches.

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5. Self-worth
This one is important. Unless you value yourself enough to put your time and art first, everyone else’s agenda takes over. This is not about “I don’t have enough time”. This is about being clear that your self expression MATTERS and must be nurtured and loved- just like a dearly loved family member. And finally, this is about investing in yourself, your art, and your career.

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The last one, self-worth is also related to courage.  It takes courage to put yourself out to the world and invite all the eyes looking at you and your work.  Much easier to hide in the shadows.  It takes a certain amount of self-worth and courage to say to everyone, I have a unique point of view, and I’m laying it all out for anyone to see.

But, here’s the cool part.

When you are ready to step into that passion, beauty, clarity, excellence, and self worth, you will feel an immense freedom.  And people who like what you stand for will flock to you, and those that don’t will go away, muttering and complaining.

But the main thing is you will have expressed your truest self.  A very satisfying thing indeed!

With all that in mind, I have extended my private coaching program.  I believe the transformation my students are looking for must take place over a longer period of time to have a lasting impact.  If you are ready to invest in your self and your art please, I invite you to check out my…..

New 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!

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 March 16th, 2015 by Roxane Lessa

The Wonders of Teaching Online

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

I can’t say enough about the wonders of teaching online!  My online class, Create a 3-D Textile Painting, is about half way through.  The ladies are starting to send in their pictures of their work.  It’s been super fun to see what they are making, and how they have made it their own.  I’m really loving teaching online as I get to reach out to new people from all over.

Check out this wonderful piece from Linda Williams.  I’m so proud of her!

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I’m thinking of offering this class again soon, so let me know if you want to try it.  It’s only $29.00.  

And, speaking of my online classes, here’s the link to my new one, Dancing with Design-Composition for Quilters: CLICK ME  It’s open for registration, and starts April 2nd.  You can do it with a friend and get a Quilty Buddy price break, too!

IF you want to give it a try for FREE, there’s a free lesson you can do with tons of great info.  Go HERE to get that free lesson, and enjoy!


 

STUDIO SNIPPETS 

Every once in a while, I actually get to make something in my own studio.  These days with teaching, coaching, and writing, it’s hard to make the time.  But I tell my students all the time, you have to schedule time.  So I do, or I’d be a hypocrite!  I’m still quilting the felt painting with my trusty BERNINA 750 QE and the clear round darning foot.  The back is starting to look pretty.  I have used a tan 60 wt. bobbin thread.

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and here’s a detail of the top:

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I am free motion quilting with 30 wt. cotton threads, polyester threads, and a wonderful variegated hand dyed thick thread that is very temperamental.  I have it tamed by lowering the top tension, and slowing my speed.  I will be traveling this week to Asheville, so I will have to wait until I get back to finish this.

I hope you find some time for yourself in your sewing room this week, and enjoy the Spring weather!

That’s it for now, have a wonderful creative week!


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

Susan and I on set

 

 


 

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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