Sunday, January 30, 2011

coffee shop journal

strawberry tart
I'm teaching "Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style" March 19 in Encinitas, California at the California Center for Creative Renewal. We could draw our breakfast, as our hostess puts out a fine spread. But the garden is really stunning!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

On Location: Coffee shop

coffee shop journal

coffee shop journal
I'm setting a good example for my students in my online class, Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style ON LOCATION. We're in week two, and the location this week is a coffee shop. One of my students chose to draw a cute dog biscuit rather than order something with too many calories. Clearly, not my MO. (method of operation.) And yes, husb is by my side, also fulfilling one of my New Year's words.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

dreaming of Venice

"Dreaming of Venice 1" completed. (machine needlefelted and hand-stitched. Tutorial on this process is here)




Tuesday, January 25, 2011

this and that

I told you about a profile of yours truly on the wonderful blog and resource ArtPlantae Today. Readers sent in some thought provoking questions and I've answered them here.

Another element for my Nostalgia series. The bird is one from my watercolor journal, transfered to the linen.
bird on hankie

bird on hankie detail

see page 36-39
My "Basillica San Marco" art quilt and article is in this issue (feb/march 2011) of Quilting Arts magazine. Wish you could see the quilt in person.
detail from "Basillica San Marco"

Sunday, January 23, 2011

On location

museum journal page 1: Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside CA
One of my tiny sketchbooks and part of the Sketchbook Challenge. I visited Oceanside Museum of Art yesterday, to see Quilt Visions 2010: No Boundaries and an Imogen Cunningham Botanical exhibiton. My purse-size sketchbook, watersoluble pen, and waterbrush were perfect for some quick sketches.

on location
Here's the page from this on location. Not to thrilled with the way it turned out, but I sure enjoyed the afternoon spent painting it.

on location at the winery
And another, from the nearby winery.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Still dreaming of Venice

work in progress
I'm still thinking of Venice and inspired by the beautiful wreck it is aspects. (ha, my first musically accompanied blog post!) This is a machine needlefeltd piece that I'm going to hand sew on. (You can see my tutorial here) It started with one of Suzanne's everything kits and some bits from my stash. I'm preparing it all for a segment on Quilting Arts TV that I'm filming next month.(gulp)

Beautiful Utah in July? here's the scoop on the art retreat I'm teaching.
Just found out I'm teaching at CREATE in Costa Mesa, CA in May.
Oh yea, and let's not forget Italy in 2012.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Etsy shop and Art Unraveled in Phoenix

Pomegranate Past
"Pomegranate Past" just added to my JaneVille Etsy shop.

Almost Ripe
"Almost Ripe" just added to my JaneVille Etsy shop.

I'm thrilled to be teaching at Art Unraveled in Phoenix, Arizona again this year! I'll be teaching "Big Book" on Wednesday, August 3, "Monoprinting on cloth and paper" on Thursday, August 4, and "Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style Pinecones & Pods" on Friday, August 5. Registration is now!

One more thing. Yesterday, in Mundo Lindo (the afterschool art program I created and teach) was a full circle moment. Check out this post.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Monotype Mania!

I love gelatin monotypes and my friends requested a day of it. Here they are, in Andy's studio. L to R: Susie Clark (in the back) Andy Hein, Helen Shafer Garcia, Pamela Underwood and Jill Hall
We spent most of the day making monoprints, having lunch, talking and laughing.
out to dry
It was a gorgeous warm day, so we put some of our prints outside to dry.
some of my monotypes
These are some of mine.
winter season ~ in progress    winter season ~ in progress (the back)
When I got home, I selected one of my prints on fabric to begin sewing on. The pic on the right is from the back, some free motion machine stitching.
winter season ~ in progress
Here's the work in progress~ adding some hand stitching. Okay, a lot of hand stitching.
winter season ~ in progress
I'll be teaching a day of this, gelatin monoprinting, at the Long Beach Quilt Festival on July 29th.
winter season ~ in progress

Remember my fabric vase tutorial? Suzanne Stewart followed it and made a beautiful vase to go with her table runner. Check out her work here.  

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Make your own piece of felt

cover made from handmade felt
cover made from handmade felt   cover made from handmade felt
cover made from handmade felt  cover made from handmade felt
I made this piece of felt and then sewed a journal cover from it. There are tons of things you can make with your own piece of handmade original felt. Wall hanging, journal cover, pillow top, box...

This is a piece of felt that I cut up, embroidered and reassembled.

Felt Box

LaFazio_Zen Eucalyptus mid view
Here's a detail view of my Zen Eucalyptus, curently hanging in Quilt Visions 2010: No Boundaries at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Created from hand made felt, cut up, embroidered, reassembled.

Making Felt
The process involves rolling and agitating the fibers for about 45-60 minutes
And I can teach you how to do this! (you knew there was point to this post, didn't you?) I'm teaching wet felting in San Diego Feb 5 & 6 (email Beth), in Newbury Park (Ventura-ish) May 7 & 8 (email Eileen) and in Idyllwild July 1 & 2. Hope to see you at one of these workshops.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Paper & Cloth

nostalgia series: works in progress

nostalgia series: works in progress

nostalgia series: works in progress

nostalgia series: works in progress

nostalgia series: works in progress

nostalgia series: works in progress

nostalgia series: works in progress

nostalgia series: works in progress

nostalgia series: works in progress

nostalgia series: works in progress

nostalgia series: works in progress

nostalgia series: works in progress
I'm an artist who works in paper and cloth and I love it when the two come together. More for my Nostalgia Series.

I'm preparing for my upcoming classes, workshops, and QA TV and DVD filming.
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