Monday, August 03, 2015

My latest DVD ~ Wet Felting Essentials for Fiber Artists!


My Latest DVD (or digital download) is now available! Wet Felting Essentials for Fiber Artists ~ felt, embellish & compose with wool.


Here I am on set at Quilting Arts filming studio in Cleveland, Ohio
me and the fabulous Vivika DeNegre,
editor of Quilting Arts Magazine, and some of my felted pieces.

Here's the description:

You'll love this if:
  • You're intrigued by wool roving but don't know who you'd use it.
  • You adore composing one-of-a-kind works of fiber art and want to dive into wet felting.
  • You are looking for a felting technique that doesn't require many materials to get started.
Create innovative fiber art with wet felting techniques, embroidery and more!

Join artist Jane LaFazio, one of today's most sought-after teachers, to learn the ancient technique of wet felting. Jane guides viewers step-by-step through the process of creating one-of- a-kind fiber art using just sheep's wool, water, soap, and a fair amount of elbow grease. While making the felted fabric, she adds design and visual interest to the finished product by including contrasting graphic shapes and writing with pre-felted wool roving. Then she shows you how to take the piece further with hand needle felting and embroidery. Jane also shows how she cuts apart the felted wool and reassembles the pieces into award-winning fiber art, and gives you examples of other ways to use wet felting to create art. This introduction to wet felting is a perfect starting point for anyone interested in creating felted quilts and expanding their fiber art techniques.

Discover the tools and materials you need to create a unique piece of wool felt.
Watch and learn how to create a piece of felt with step-by-step demonstrations from Jane.
Explore composition considerations and design possibilities with helpful hints from Jane.
Be inspired as Jane shares more projects that use wool roving in interesting ways.

And, I quote Vivika (Quilting Arts magazine editor) "Download your copy of Wet Felting Essentials for Fiber Artists now, and have some good, clean, fiber fun."

Friday, July 31, 2015

Pink Polka ~ gelli plate monoprint

detail "Pink Polka" by Jane LaFazio  

detail "Pink Polka" by Jane LaFazio  
You know I love me my Gelli plate! Here's my latest, Pink Polka, measuring 10 x 10 inches. Paper on mounted on board.
  "Pink Polka" by Jane LaFazio (10 x 10 inches)

detail "Pink Polka" by Jane LaFazio  
I'll be teaching this workshop (Abstract collage using the Gelli Plate) at Art is You in Minneapolis on Friday, September 18. and at Art is You in Stamford, Connecticut on Friday, October 9.

Workshop description: If you’re new to mono-printing on gelli plates, or just love it, like I do, you’ll enjoy this class! You’ll learn many mono-printing techniques and use them on different sheer papers. By lunch time, you’ll have a stack of gorgeous colored papers! After lunch, you’ll compose and assemble a finished layered piece (or two) of original artwork, using your own beautiful papers with some additional mark making and maybe even a stitch or two. You’ll learn about composition and focal point combined with lots of pattern.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cherry Sunday ~ Art is You, Minneapolis

detail "Cherry Sunday" by Jane LaFazio 
detail "Cherry Sunday" by Jane LaFazio 

detail "Cherry Sunday" by Jane LaFazio 

detail "Cherry Sunday" by Jane LaFazio 

"Cherry Sunday" by Jane LaFazio (11x10 inches)

I'm teaching this technique in Minneapolis, Minesota at ART IS YOU on Sunday, September 20: Your Totally Original Small Art Quilt

Description of the  one day workshop:
Are you new to art quilting, or just want to learn some different approaches to add to your fiber art skills? Join Jane and play with cloth and color and hand stitching to create a unique art quilt from your own original designed fabric. (Your quilt will look Totally different than mine!)

In the morning, after determining your theme, you’ll design and carve your own one-of-a-kind stamp(s) to use as a surface design element on cloth. Then you’ll add some color to the cloth using paint, and stencils. In the afternoon, you’ll use your newly created original fabric to create a small art quilt using simple hand stitching and basic embroidery stitches. (Or, later, you may want to use your finished piece as a journal cover, tote bag embellishment or pillow top.)


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Published! Sequins and felt and beads, Oh My!

Quilting Arts magazine, page 62&63. August September 2015 issue.
Quilting Arts magazine, page 62&63. August September 2015 issue.
I've got a short article in the latest Quilting Arts magazine about creating with felt and bead and sequins. You can see me on Quilting Arts TV (Series 1600), demonstrating how to do this, too.

Triple your pleasure by joining me in an in-person one-day workshop entitled Felt Like Stitching, and I'll teach you to make your own milagro or stuffed, sequined and beaded thingey.

I'm teaching Felt Like Stitching on September 19, at Art is You, in Minneapolis, and again on October 10, at Art is You, in Stamford, CT. 
Corazon by Jane LaFazio
Heart Orange by Jane LaFazio

Nothing is worth more than THIS DAY by Jane LaFazio
Cherish by Jane LaFazio





Tuesday, July 21, 2015

from my sketchbook ~ looking back on the Taos church

from my sketchbook 2014 LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
 



from my sketchbook 2013 LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
I showed you my journal pages from LavenderSage Art Retreat 2015 on my last post. Thought you'd be interested to see how I painted San Francisco de Asis the two years previously. 

from my sketchbook 2015 LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio

I also wanted to share an insight from one of my online students. She is taking my beginning class "Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style" and she wrote this after I introduced the third lesson. The assignment was to draw an object, straight to ink, using a continuous line. Here's what she wrote: 

"I had an epiphany about art journaling. Somehow as an avid writer, I would never worry about the finished outcome of a written journal page. It is about the JOURNEY....that moment in time. For some reason, I was not seeing this about the drawing. Yes, my brush and color technique needs work, yes, after I do it, I see how I might have done it better, but it doesn't matter. I get now that yes, you want to improve, so you can capture the moment, but it is just a moment in time. What you saw at that particular second, not a masterpiece." 

So true!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ from my sketchbook


LavenderSage Art Retreat from my sketchbook


LavenderSage Art Retreat from my sketchbook
 from my sketchbook ~ detail (photo by Jane LaFazio)
LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook  (photo by Jane LaFazio)

Since I was, after all, teaching LavenderSage Art Retreat, I couldn't fill my own journal. But here are some pages that are finished........or nearly.

LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ from my sketchbook
 from my sketchbook  (photo by Jane LaFazio)
LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ from my sketchbook
 from my sketchbook  (photo by Jane LaFazio)
LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ from my sketchbook
 from my sketchbook  (photo by Jane LaFazio)

The front door of Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn (photo by Jane LaFazio)

I designed and carved the stamp below, based on the iconic design on the door of the Inn.
LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ from my sketchbook
 from my sketchbook  (photo by Jane LaFazio)

LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ from my sketchbook
 from my sketchbook  (photo by Jane LaFazio)

Teaching monoprinting (photo by Tina Larkin, Taos)
LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ from my sketchbook
 from my sketchbook  (photo by Jane LaFazio)

LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ from my sketchbook
 from my sketchbook  (photo by Jane LaFazio)


Thursday, July 16, 2015

LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ student work


Student work from LavenderSage Art Retreat
Student Journals from LavenderSage Art Retreat 2015 (photo by Jane LaFazio)

The LavenderSage Art Retreat was 7 days, in magical Taos, New Mexico. At the end of the week, the students put together their pages into a journal. Here are some individual pages from the students journals:

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LavenderSage Art Retreat students sharing their journals
Students, sharing their work. (photo by Jane LaFazio)
LavenderSage Art Retreat students sharing their journals
Students, sharing their work. (photo by Jane LaFazio)
LavenderSage Art Retreat students sharing their journals
Students, sharing their work. (photo by Jane LaFazio)
LavenderSage Art Retreat students sharing their journals
Students, sharing their work. (photo by Jane LaFazio)

Then we put out all the journals on the table and oohed and ahhed!
LavenderSage Art Retreat students
Students, sharing their work. (photo by Jane LaFazio)
LavenderSage Art Retreat students
Students, sharing their work. (photo by Jane LaFazio)

LavenderSage Art Retreats 2015
LavenderSage Art Retreat 2015 (photo by Tina Larkin, Taos)

Next post, I'll show you my journal.




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