Friday, August 22, 2014

Pages in progress

sketchbook in progress
sketchbook in progress ~ Jane LaFazio
Here's some pages in progress from my classes at Art Unraveled in Phoenix.

sketchbook
sketchbook in progress ~ Jane LaFazio
I'm off to Taos, New Mexico to co-teach our LavenderSage Expressive Arts Mixed Media Retreat. (We've got another scheduled for 2015, June 24-July 2.)
Check my teaching schedule for where I'll be the rest of 2014. Hope to see you!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thistles in a hotel room

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day two ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
I just got back from teaching at CREATE Chicago (and had a great time!) While I was there, I picked some thistles and set them on the counter in the hotel room. It was fascinating watching them open over the next few days.
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day three ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
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day four ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Oh and I did a yoga pose too, in one of my classes.
CREATE Chicago august 2014
Yoga Pose in Public Place Chicago CREATE August 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

St Francis ~ work in progress

work in progress ~ st. Francis
sketchbook page and art quilt in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
I am excited about this! I love seeing pages from my sketchbook come alive in my art quilts! I love leveraging the art from my sketchbook. 

I'm not finished with St. Francis yet, and I'm working on a series of quilts in this same style. (well, okay, I've started my second one.) (I got the wooden sculpture in Taos, NM last year, and as you can see, drew and painted it in my sketchbook.)

I'll keep you posted!
work in progress ~ st. Francis
art quilt in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
I'm teaching in Chicago right now. My summer-to-fall schedule is crazy busy! hope to see you in one of my classes in Chicago, or Seattle, or Massachusetts, or Taos, New Mexico or San Miguel de Allende! or maybe even in San Diego! You can see my teaching schedule here.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Recycled Circles ~ in pink and grey

recycled circles in progress
work in progress ~ recycled circles by Jane LaFazio


recycled circles in progress
work in progress without embellishment~ recycled circles by Jane LaFazio
I taught my Recycled Circles workshop a few weeks ago, and I'm working on finishing the piece I started in class. It still needs some more embellishment.
recycled circles in progress
work in progress ~ recycled circles by Jane LaFazio
You can see how I created the pink and yellow surface design here and the "Binary" quilt I created with the rest of the fabric here.
recycled circles in progress
work in progress ~ recycled circles by Jane LaFazio

Monday, August 04, 2014

from my sketchbook ~ Coffee or tea

from my sketchbook ~ coffee cups
sketchbook page in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ coffee cups
sketchbook page in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ coffee cups
sketchbook page in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ coffee cups
from my sketchbook "Coffee or tea" ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ coffee cups
detail from my sketchbook "Coffee or tea" ~ by Jane LaFazio
(this cup is from here)
from my sketchbook ~ coffee cups
detail from my sketchbook "Coffee or tea" ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ coffee cups
detail from my sketchbook "Coffee or tea" ~ by Jane LaFazio
another of my mother-in-law's teacups
from my sketchbook ~ coffee cups
from my sketchbook "Coffee or tea" ~ by Jane LaFazio

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Evidence of Fossils ~ an art quilt

Evidence of Fossils ~ detail
"Evidence of Fossils" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Evidence of Fossils ~ detail
"Evidence of Fossils"   by Jane LaFazio
Evidence of Fossils ~ detail
"Evidence of Fossils" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Evidence of Fossils ~ detail
"Evidence of Fossils" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Evidence of Fossils ~ detail
"Evidence of Fossils" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Evidence of Fossils
"Evidence of Fossils"  ~ by Jane LaFazio
Yup, I got out my needle felting machine and am really enjoying myself!
Evidence of Fossils ~ detail
"Evidence of Fossils" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
As I mentioned, I'm teaching this at CREATE Chicago and CREATE Seattle.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Autumn Pastures ~ art quilt

Autumn Pasture
"Autumn Pastures" by Jane LaFazio
Autumn Pasture
"Autumn Pastures" detail~  by Jane LaFazio
Autumn Pasture
"Autumn Pastures" detail~  by Jane LaFazio
Autumn Pasture
"Autumn Pastures" detail~  by Jane LaFazio
Autumn Pasture
"Autumn Pastures" detail~  by Jane LaFazio
This piece is a variation of my Text on Textiles workshop. It's a 3 hour mini workshop that I'll teach on Sunday at CREATE Chicago and  CREATE Seattle. (And I'm teaching the full day version at Art is You in Petaluma)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fruit Loops ~ an art quilt

Fruits Loops ~ detail
"Fruit Loops" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio


Fruits Loops ~ detail
"Fruit Loops" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Fruits Loops ~ detail
"Fruit Loops" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
I love machine needle felting and it was great to get into again. I'm teaching it at the CREATE mixed media retreats in both Chicago and Seattle, so I needed to create some more pieces. A pleasure!
Fruits Loops ~  12x8 inches
"Fruit Loops" 11x14 inches ~ by Jane LaFazio
Fruits Loops ~ detail
"Fruit Loops" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Fruits Loops ~ detail
"Fruit Loops" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Crop Circles ~ art quilt

Crop Circles ~ detail
"Crop Circles" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Crop Circles ~ detail
"Crop Circles" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio

You really can do so many things with gelli printed fabric. Here's a small banner type piece I did for an upcoming episode of Mixed Media Workshop. I'll let you know when the episode is released!

Crop Circles ~ detail
"Crop Circles" measures 11 x 14 inches ~ by Jane LaFazio
Crop Circles ~ detail
"Crop Circles" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio

Crop Circles ~ detail
"Crop Circles" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio


My new car!

me and my car
I bought a brand new car. Yup, a  2014 VW Beetle convertible. I drove my 2001 (used when I bought it in 2003) PT cruiser for 11 years and over 110,000 miles. I decided that I deserved to get the car I wanted and have always loved, so I did! And it feels fabulous! Every time I drive anywhere, now, I'm grinning. Congratulations to me!
my new VW Beetle Convertible
and check out the interior! waaay cool!
And a short video my friend Jan Phillips made of me talking about creativity. You might need to go to my blog to see it)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

3 day workshop

my desk, during the workshop I was teaching
my table of work, during the workshop. ~ Jane LaFazio
workshop in San Diego
my students
I just finished teaching a 3 day workshop in San Diego, through the Athenaeum. It was lovely! Full of local women and some who traveled  from as far as  Las Vegas and the San Francisco Bay Area to attend the class. Lots of my online students were there, women I'd never met in person. Just a great group!
july 2014 ath 3 day workshop
Class Photo!
Thanks to my friend and student, the talented Ellen Wery, we always have a class photo taken! (and I'm wearing my Sketchbook Skool t-shirt, of course.)
japanese maple
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
I got these two pages completed, with lots more to finish.
watercolor collage
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
My next workshops, in San Diego are Saturday, August 9, 2014 1:00–4:30 p.m. at The San Diego Museum of Art and in Descanso on November 15And of course, a zillion other workshops all over. this summer into fall.

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