Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Houston Quilt Festival Recap

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
Demoing on the Quilt Festival convention floor
I taught at the Houston International Quilt Festival earlier this month. I was amazed to find out I hadn't taught there in 5 years! (I've been traveling to Mexico this time of year, for the last few years.)

The Festival is fun and HUGE. I taught three classes and then looked at the beautiful quilts on display, along with the 60,000 other people in attendance.
I taught a stamp carving workshop ~ art by Jane LaFazio

Student work ~ from my Text on Textiles workshop
teaching Free Spirited Free Motion 
a glimpse of my work in progress ~ art by Jane LaFazio
And I had a photo shoot for some new head shots! 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Table runner ~ DIY

table runner ~ by Jane LaFazio
table runner ~ by Jane LaFazio
I made this table runner by stenciling onto white cotton, using acrylic inks. It's perf for our holiday table!

table runner ~ by Jane LaFazio
table runner ~ by Jane LaFazio
detail of table runner ~ by Jane LaFazio
I used these three stencils, designed by me, for StencilGirl Products and available in my JaneVille Etsy Shop
Eucalyptus Stencil ~ designed by Jane LaFazio
Pods Stencil ~ designed by Jane LaFazio
Sweet Gum Ball Stencil ~ designed by Jane LaFazio

Thursday, November 19, 2015

974 likes and so much support!

I posted this on facebook earlier this month. A little over a year and a half of buying my new car, I paid it off completely. I celebrate this because I bought the car from my income as a professional artist. (In fact, when I bought it, and drove it home, my husband asked me if I needed him to co-sign. Umm, no, Honey.)

On this facebook post, I got sooo many comments of support! It really made me happy that others appreciate what an accomplishment this was. I didn't set out to do it (be an artist=buy a car, etc) but that my income comes from what I love is a real gift.

I've been a full time artist since 1998, and if you've heard or read my story, you know we made lots of economic adjustments, downsized our house, etc, to make it work. And remarkably, it has worked. Or rather, I have worked! And I love my life as an artist and art teacher. think that I can support myself and my husband, on my salary as a artist is amazing. (Full disclosure, Husb had disability and now retirement income, but the majority is my responsibility.)

We've come farther than I'd ever imagined. (You can read my story here, if you want the details, scroll down to the 'my life story' part.)

Thanks to you, for supporting me.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Join me for sketching and watercolor in England in 2016!

I hope you'll join me, Jane LaFazio, for sketching and watercolor classes in the English Countryside August 3-9, 2016. (Yes, I'll be teaching you to draw and paint if you are a beginner, or I will inspire you if you are more experienced.) You'll learn to capture what you see and do and eat in your travel sketchbook. 

No more coming home from a trip with an empty travel journal!

We'll spend 6 nights in a wonderful hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, right on the canal. The first night we'll know each other at our welcome dinner.
As the week progresses, we'll explore (with our sketchbooks in hand) Stratford, the world famous home of Shakespeare. Stratford is nestled in the beautiful Cotswolds; a legendary inspirational setting for our daily art classes and adventures. 

There will be an orientation walk in Stratford, also a one day pass for the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, to orient you in your exploration of the cobblestone alleys, shops, pubs, restaurants, and all things Shakespeare.

A daily program of sketching and watercolor classes will be held in beautiful, on-site locations like Britain's greatest palace and world heritage side, Blenheim Palace. Winston Churchill was born there and now the 12th Duke of Marlborough lives there and will no doubt greet us with open arms. (Well, that is if we happen to see him...) On the way to see the duke, we'll stop at a charming village known as the Venice of the Cotswolds. 

We'll also experience a real English tea at Hobsons Patisseries, a boat trip along the canal, and a visit to the town of Woodstock. We can even see a play at THE Royal Shakespeare Theatre, if we choose.

We'll go on a special "Ghost Walk." Led by actors, we'll visit Shakespeare's haunted streets in Stratford complete with tales of ghosts and witches, murder and mystery. We'll probably be too scared to draw in our sketchbooks on that evening!

Dedicated walkers are welcome to join our fabulous tour organizer, Carlo, for optional morning guided walks as she follows the rivers, canals, and meadows. There will be plenty of time on your return for our full daily breakfasts and the day's activities.

On our last evening in Stratford, we'll enjoy a farewell dinner together, and share our sketchbooks and celebrate our new-found friendships.

August 3-9, 2016
Stratford-upon-Avon $3250 pp double
Single supplement: $399  
Program subject to change and to a minimum number of participants
Limited to just 14 people.

But wait, there's more!
An optional three night pre-tour in London! 
Arrive early and join us
July 31 to Aug 3, 2016 for three nights at our London hotel, daily breakfast, London sightseeing tour, and private group transportation from our London hotel to our Stratford-upon-Avon hotel.   
London: $950 pp double, single supplement $350

After Stratford: The Festival of Quilts, in Birmingham, England takes place August 11-14th. Birmingham is about 1 hour away by train. I'll be going to the festival, but it won't be part of our escorted tour.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

from my sketchbook

photo by Jane LaFazio
I'm home for a while and working in my sketchbook on a secret project. And having fun! 
photo by Jane LaFazio
photo by Jane LaFazio
photo by Jane LaFazio
photo by Jane LaFazio
photo by Jane LaFazio

Monday, November 09, 2015

Hand stitching

my stitch guide bag ~ by Jane LaFazio
I wanted to have a stitching reference for my students, so I created this bag (above) from my watercolor illustrations of the embroidery stitches I use regularly. While I was making the bag, I thought they'd be great to sell. When I finished the bag, I realized I'd have to sell it for something like $400! ha! Yes, there is only one bag, and I bring it to workshops I teach.
sample of the buttonhole wheel stitch ~ by Jane LaFazio
detail from my stitch guide bag ~ by Jane LaFazio
I love to use variegated hand dyed threads like these from Laura Wasilowski. I also like these, from Caron. I like either 8 or 12 size pearl cotton thread, and use single strands when I stitch. Here's a guide, from Laura, on which needle for which thread.

Speaking of thread, I store my threads using this inexpensive yet practical system called "Floss-A-Way
Button hole wheel stitch by Jane LaFazio
(Read about my stitched and beaded bra for charity here.)

Oh, did you see this post from Pokey Bolton about CRAFT NAPA and my stitches?

I'll be teaching two hand-stitching workshops at Craft Napa:
Garden Patch Friday, January 8 
Text & Textiles Saturday, January 9
Registration closes for CRAFT NAPA on December 7th!

If you can't take a hand-stitching class from me, take a look at this online stitch guide, it will keep you busy!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Text and Textiles ~ THE SEA

detail of THE SEA by Jane LaFazio
detail of THE SEA by Jane LaFazio

detail of THE SEA by Jane LaFazio

detail of THE SEA by Jane LaFazio
 I'll be teaching this class, Text on Textiles at CRAFT NAPA on Saturday, January 9 2016.
detail of THE SEA by Jane LaFazio
I'm also teaching Garden Patch (Friday, January 8) and Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style (Thurs. January 7)  at CRAFT NAPA.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Quick, hand me an x-acto knife!

Work by Bhavna Mehta

Work by Bhavna Mehta
Look at this gorgeousness! All cut from paper by the talented Bhavna Mehta! I took these photos at the Oceanside Museum of Art, where her exhibition is on display until January 4th.
Work by Bhavna Mehta
I was lucky enough to take a workshop from Bhavna and I have only just begun cutting paper with an X-acto knife. So many possibilities!!

Work by Bhavna Mehta
If you can't go to the museum, click HERE to see the video of the exhibition

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

two recent workshops

My "Felt Like Stitching" soft sculpture (nearly finished) ~ by Jane LaFazio
While at Art is You in Connecticut, I taught two other workshops (besides Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style).  Here are some photos from my "Felt Like Stitching" class.
student work~ in progress
Student work ~ in progress~ in my 'Felt Like Stitching' class
detail student work ~ in progress

Eileen Bellomo's piece in progress
Eileen's finished piece

And I also taught "Abstract Collage using the Gelli Plate." Here's some of the student work:

abstract collage with gelli plates
Student work from my "Abstract Collage with Gelli Plates" class

abstract collage with gelli plates
Messy fun in my "Abstract Collage with Gelli Plate' class
abstract collage with gelli plates
student work ~ 
abstract collage with gelli plates
student work ~ 
abstract collage with gelli plates
student work ~ 
abstract collage with gelli plates
student work ~ 
I'll be teaching "Abstract Collage with Gelli Plate" in San Diego on February 27. Click here for the info.
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