Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Machine Needle Felting

Above the Bog
"Above the Bog" by Jane LaFazio (4 x 3 feet)
Venice 2
machine needle felting by Jane LaFazio 


arrival of spring
machine needle felting by Jane LaFazio 
Long Beach Sunset
machine needle felting by Jane LaFazio 
rainbow series: apricot tangerine
machine needle felting by Jane LaFazio 
One of my most popular posts on my JaneVille blog has been my "Machine Needle Felting Tutorial." I thought I'd show you a few of the pieces I've made over the years. You can see many more, with details here on my Machine Needle Felting photo album.

seahorse
machine needle felting by Jane LaFazio 
rainbow series
machine needle felting by Jane LaFazio 
I love making these and intend to do more! By the way, I teach this at Art Retreats (that supply the machine needle felting machines).
There are a few in my JaneVille Etsy shop right how.

Monday, October 27, 2014

House of Blue Leaves ~ an art quilt

House of Blue Leaves
 detail "House of Blue Leaves"  by Jane LaFazio  

House of Blue Leaves
"House of Blue Leaves"  by Jane LaFazio (16 x 9 inches)
In my JaneVille Etsy Shop now. 
House of Blue Leaves
 detail "House of Blue Leaves"  by Jane LaFazio  
House of Blue Leaves
 detail "House of Blue Leaves"  by Jane LaFazio  
House of Blue Leaves
 detail "House of Blue Leaves"  by Jane LaFazio  
House of Blue Leaves
 detail "House of Blue Leaves"  by Jane LaFazio  
House of Blue Leaves
 detail "House of Blue Leaves"  by Jane LaFazio  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Yoga Poses so far in 2014

Seattle, WA April 2014
I teaching in Seattle this week, at CREATE, so I thought I'd recap some of my yoga poses in public places for 2014. Just for the heck of it!
Taos, New Mexico August 2014
RB Yoga July 2014
Massachusetts, September 2014
Chicago, August 2014

Lake Como, Italy May 2014
Santee, CA May 2014

Lake Como, Italy May 2014




Monday, October 20, 2014

Art Quilts from Dinner @ Eight


"Women Who Come to the Table" by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison
My friends and artist/ curators, Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison have put together a beautiful book of all the quilts they have curated into their "Dinner @ Eight" exhibitions. I'm proud to be included in "Women Who Come to the Table" and to have been juried into five of the exhibitions. 
Here are the quilts I've created, specifically for the invitational exhibitions: 
"Zen Eucalyptus" by Jane LaFazio, 2009
(48x26 inches) $2200.USD
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"Above the Bog" by Jane LaFazio, 2010
(48x36 inches)  sold 

"Industrial Aged" by Jane LaFazio, 2011
(48 x36 inches) $2500.USD
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"Nature Journal" by Jane LaFazio, 2012
(60x24 inches) $2,500.USD

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"Havana" by Jane LaFazio, 2013
(60x24 inches) $1250.USD
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Registration for my TWO of my online classes is OPEN!

from my sketchbook ~ italy
from my sketchbook ~ Jane LaFazio 5x7 inches
Perfect for beginners!  
Be inspired to record your life, a special trip, or your daily adventures in a loose, quick journal style format. I'm known for my friendly, encouraging teaching style, teach drawing and watercolors using a straight-forward, intuitive approach. You’ll draw what you see, capturing the details of everyday objects and the small details of life on watercolor pages. Everyone has their own drawing style, just like handwriting, and Jane will help you to see and then record what you see on paper. 
The class is geared for beginners, but all levels are welcome.

The classroom will open on November 9, 2014. You'll be able to introduce yourself, and find you way around our online classroom. The first lesson will be released on November 14, and each Friday for a total of 6 lessons over 6 weeks. 

REGISTER HERE for 
Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style $90.00 USD

(For Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style, you'll receive the complete list of materials (with links and descriptions) when you sign up, but basically you'll need 5x7" watercolor paper (or a sketchbook with watercolor paper), watercolors, a watercolor brush, and a permanent ink pen, pencil and eraser. Don't buy the stuff until you get the actual materials list)
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We’ll work in our sketchbooks each week with a new theme. From those life-like drawings, done in ink and watercolor, we'll create new graphic, stylized images to use from stamps, stencils, or stitched designs. Each week, you'll draw, watercolor and create designs and you'll be given optional methods to use and leverage that design in your own work. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in improving their drawing skills to create original designs for surface design on paper or cloth. At the end of the workshop, your sketchbook will contain a treasury of original images, your own unique visual vocabulary.

The weekly themes for the class will be:
Lesson 1: From the flower garden. Flowers and blooms
Lesson 2. From the vegetable garden. Veggies and fruits (optional: stamp carving)
Lesson 3. From the factory. Manufactured tools, gears, wheels (optional: rubbings)
Lesson 4. From the mountains. Leaves, pods, pinecones (optional: stencils)
Lesson 5. From the sea. Shells, sea weed, fish, shell fish (optional: stitching)
Lesson 6. From your life. Your studio, your kitchen, your closet or…

REGISTER HERE for 
Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life $95.00 USD

(For Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life receive the complete list of materials (with links and descriptions) when you sign up, but basically you'll need a 9x12 inch sketchbook with watercolor paper, watercolors, a watercolor brush, and a permanent ink pen, pencil and eraser, glue, a water soluble pen, water soluble pencil, and optional stamp carving materials. Don't buy the stuff until you get the actual materials list.)


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Questions? Here are the answers that apply to all my online classes:
Q: I don't know how to draw
A: Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style will help you learn to draw what you see and not what you think you see.
Q: I don't know how to watercolor
A: I'll teach you, so any of my classes are appropriate for you.
Q:  Do I need to be on my computer a certain time of day?
A: No, the lessons will be released on Friday mornings, but you can access them anytime, once they are released. (And past lessons will be available for you work from and post anytime during the ~9 weeks the class is online)
Q:  Is the content downloadable?
A: Only the pdf lessons~ those step by step lessons are yours to keep and print out. I suggest downloading them each week.   
Q:  I can't access my computer during one of the weeks of class?
A: The lesson will be there, when you get access to your computer and you can post the lesson anytime during the 9 weeks.
Q: How many pages will Jane comment on?
A: You can share as many pages, from each assignment, as you like.  I will comment on each one during the 9 weeks the class is online.
Q:  I'm not very comfortable on the computer.  What’s involved?
A: You'll need to be able to photograph or scan your sketchbook page as a jpeg. You will then upload it, from your computer or ipad, to the online lesson. There is a video, when you start class, that explains how to use the online classroom. 

Each week you'll receive an email with a link to new lesson. The lessons are available 24/7 and you'll receive a downloadable step-by-step pdf to work from each week. There are videos and examples from Jane's sketchbook to support the lessons.  Just like in a real classroom, you'll be able to see fellow students sketchbook pages and will be able to comment and praise their work and they'll be able to see your pages too (as long as you post them!). And you'll get honest and gentle critiques on all your work from me.

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Childhood Summer" ~ text on textiles

Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles ~ detail
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Childhood Summer ~ text on textiles
"Childhood Summer" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ~ original art quilt

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel_Jane LaFazio_textile_  11 and a half by 8 inches _october 2014
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (11.5 x 8 inches)
by Jane LaFazio 
Finished this with a lovely Monarch butterfly (they migrate to Mexico by the zillions every year.) It's for sale now in my JaneVille Etsy shop.
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel detail 2
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (detail)
 
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel detail 4
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (detail)
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel detail 3
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (detail)

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Just call me a book artist!

handmade book gold recycled circle front
handmade watercolor journal by Jane LaFazio
I've been able to work in my studio the last few days and got inspired to create this little watercolor journal with a bit of a Recycled Circles demo. Of course, I spend 1/2 day creating it, but I think it's pretty darn cute. 
handmade book gold recycled circle
handmade watercolor journal by Jane LaFazio
The back cover is also my artwork. (Printed by Spoonflower.) Oh, and you'll notice there's washi tape on it too!
handmade book gold recycled circle detail 2
And a little charm on the spine!
handmade book gold recycled circle detail
handmade watercolor journal by Jane LaFazio
In my JaneVille Etsy shop now: This is a precious little hand made journal measuring 6x6 inches. It's one of a kind artwork on the front. There are 11 pages (that's counting front and back) of high quality Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor paper. This would make a perfect gift for a special trip or guest book.
handmade book green recycled circle
handmade watercolor journal by Jane LaFazio


And I made one in green too! Also in my JaneVille Etsy shop.
handmade book green recycled circle detail
handmade watercolor journal by Jane LaFazio

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Published! in "Gelli Plate Printing" by Joan Bess


Published!
my page in "Gelli Plate Printing" by Joan Bess
I'm thrilled to be included in the new book, "Gelli Plate Printing" by Joan Bess! If you follow my work, you know I love gelli plate printing.

Published!
Gelli Plate Printing by Joan Bess
Here are the two quilts featured in the book: 
marmalade greenhouse
"Marmalade Greenhouse" measures 14x11 inches by 
Jane LaFazio for sale in my JaneVille Etsy shop! 

pink ginko
"Pink Gingko" measures 22x11 inches. by Jane LaFazio
and for sale in my JaneVille Etsy shop! SOLD!
Bonus: The first person to buy one of these quilts will get a free copy of "Gelli Plate Printing" by Joan Bess.
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