What’s it really like to be an artist?


  • FEATURE ARTICLE:  At work in the Studio
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FEATURE ARTICLE:   At Work in the Studio 

A lot of people think that the life of an artist is oh so glamorous, and  fun, fun, fun!!  Well, the truth is for me, anyway, it is fun to love what you do.  But glamorous?  Not so much.  Here’s my day, am- do the business side of being an artist, like writing, marketing, posting, reading other people’s  blogs and articles, planning, etc.  Later on, I’ll switch it up and actually make art.  Like the big commission I’m working on now.  Occasionally I get to share my work in public, like the show I’m having at Trig next month.  Then I get to talk with folks in person and get feedback. Otherwise, I am alone a lot of the time, but that gives me time to create and explore.  I want to share with you today how the commish (as I call it) is going. Here’s a little picture gallery of the quilting.  I hope it will inspire and delight you.

Here’s the full view in case you haven’t seen it yet.

IMG_5371 If you are an artist, what are you working on now?  How do you experience  making art?  If you are not an artist, what do you think it’s like to be an artist today? I’d love to hear from you guys in the comments below!


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 I took a class from you last fall at Thimble Pleasures.  I finished the project and have attached a picture.  Thanks for the good instruction.  I really enjoyed the class – and the project.  Jo Grimley


May 25: Fused Applique and Paint Class, Thimble Pleasures, Chapel Hill

 About Roxane

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat.  She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world.  Roxane enjoys traveling, knitting and most of all working with students who want to create their own fiber art, and not simply make other people’s patterns.  Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.

If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me.  We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email:  roxane@roxanelessa.com

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4 thoughts on “What’s it really like to be an artist?

  1. Great post Roxane! After hearing about this comish, it is great to see it in action. No wonder the client is so excited to have it in her home. It’s SPECTACULAR!!!!
    What’s happening with you and Martha? Steward I mean… 🙂

  2. Hi Roxane, I like your debunking of the myths about being an artist. Many people seem to think its all about drinking wine, partying and doing drugs. When I’m confronted with that myth, I’m like “Noooooooooo – people who do that all the time are drug addicts. Some might be really creative and even real artists, but their real occupation is addiction.” Being an artist is really fun – being able to be creative and exploring new directions in the studio. Having openings is fun. But it’s also many long hours alone and takes quite a bit of dedication as there is no real clear or set career track – you need to carve your own.

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