Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I've been on a shopping spree. Beautiful things, that I want to share with you.
This bird necklace from Concetta's ETSY Shop.
This cool tunic dress, another addition to my wardrobe from Secret Lentil, reconstructed, one of a kind clothing.
And a gorgeous new purse from Laga Designs (made my indonesian tsunami survivors). And if you want to continue shopping for a good cause, check out Punjammies.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Watercolor journal pages. My usual 5x7" Guess what! I'll be teaching a two day workshop "Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style" in beautiful Friday Harbor (near Seattle) on September 10 & 11 with Wild at Heart Studios. My husb is from Seattle, so he'll definitely come with me.
Really, this is not my kitchen table.
BeBop is sleeping on the end of Buddy's tail.
Buddy is quite photogenic.
I love my kitties.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I love monoprinting on a gelatin plate. And you can do so many things with your monoprints. You can print on cloth and do a reverse appliqué (that's my beet pomegranate batting peaking through)
You can print on colored cloth (this is black linen from an old pair of pants.)
You can print on paper and collage and stitch.
You can use the monoprint as a background and appliqué on top.
You can just hand stitch the dickens out of it.
You can make them and sell them on ETSY (Agave Casa is here in my Etsy shop.)
You could make monoprints on your own, and use my friend Leslie Jenison's tutorial on The Sketchbook Challenge blog, OR, better yet, take a full day workshop from me at the Long Beach Quilt Festival on Friday, July 29. Or if you live farther east (giggle) take Monoprinting on Fabric and Paper at Art Unraveled in Phoenix on August 4. I'll bring the gelatin!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Here's some of the student work from my BIG BOOK workshop at CREATE in Costa Mesa. (I'll be teaching different workshops at CREATE in Chicago this coming August.)
It's all so yummy!! You saw the photo of the students in this workshop, that was taken 1/2 way through--before they folded them into books.
I'm teaching at Art Unraveled, this BIG BOOK workshop on August 3. and you can see more BIG BOOK photos here.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Above is a piece of hand made felt made by a student in my recent workshop. We make the felt on day one, and embellish it on day two.
The wet felting process starts with wool roving, layering and arranging it. Then one agitates it with hot soapy water and a little elbow grease.
And then drying overnight. The next day begins the embellishment or cutting up of the piece of original hand made felt.
It's a very cool, and satisfying process! I'm teaching another 2 day workshop in wet felting in beautiful Idllywild, CA on July 1 and 2. Join me! You can see photos of my previous workshops here. And get info on the Idyllwild workshop here and register or ask questions by calling Idyllwild Summer Arts 951-659-2171, ext. 2365.
Wet Felting ~Jane LaFazio
Course # AAMF ØØ
Make felt the Tibetan way and embellish the California way! Using colorful merino wool fibers, a modernized ancient technique, some creative designing and a lot of elbow grease, you will create a beautiful, feels-so-soft felt square in class. It may not be large enough to build a yurt, but it will make a lovely wall hanging or become part of another fiber piece. Your felt will dry overnight and the next day you will create a fabulous art piece, small journal cover, pillow top or box by embellishing your own original handmade felt with hand embroidery and/or beading. During the first day, felting requires agitating the wool fibers so you will be standing for about an hour, rolling the felt with your forearms. It’s not hard! It just takes some time.
Materials: old towel, embroidery threads, scissors, wool yarn, beads for embellishment
Lab fee: $40 (Includes 6 oz. merino wool roving and an equipment kit to create an 18"x18" piece of felt) Enrollment limited to 16 students.