Wow, is it almost July?

Kaffe Fasset Glorious Patchwork

IN THIS ISSUE 

  • FEATURE ARTICLE: Wow, is it Almost July?
  • ROXANE RECOMMENDS:  Giclee Prints for Gifts

Wow, is it almost July?  My oldest baby turned 19 last week, and my youngest is officially taller than me at 12.  She has to hunch over just to give me a hug!  Time is a funny thing.  As  mother, it’s so hard to reconcile these young ladies when you still remember vividly their baby talk and changing their diapers!  Anyone else feel this way, or is it just me?

Speaking of time, I want to be a bit vulnerable here and share a time before my kids were born, and before my career in teaching and making art quilts was born.  I was living in a cold, dreary climate which I hated, working in a job I had outgrown, unhappily married, and deeply depressed.  You see, I wasn’t using any of my creative abilities.  I was slowly dying inside, and yet, I knew I was responsible for all of the choices I had made that led me to this point.  So I used that to beat myself up, which further depressed me.  Anyone else see a vicious cycle here?

ANYWAY, this story does have a happy ending. YAY!!  I walked into an exhibit of Kaffe Fassett (internationally renowned textile artist) at the local art museum.

Kaffe Fassett's book
My first of his books

 

I was immediately transformed by the outrageous color and pattern he employed in all his work.  He inspired me to get going again.  I bought his books, I made needlepoint cushions, and then I started making his quilt designs.

I made this yummy yellow quilt
I made this yummy yellow quilt

 

I made this one for my master BR
I made this one for my master BR

 

 What a fabulous eye for color he has!

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Some needlepoint examples
Some needlepoint examples

 

 As I began working with color and design again, my depression  slowly lifted, and I found my new love- art quilting.  TADA!!!

I share this to let you know that we all need to immerse ourselves in beauty, maybe be part of making something beautiful.  It’s as necessary as breathing and eating.  

So, take a class, buy some flowers for your desk, do something for yourself that you love, and then share that with someone else.  If you like to make art quilts, do that-don’t listen to any negative voices that say you aren’t any good.  Surround yourself with small reminders that life is to be enjoyed!  Enjoy your Summer everyone! And don’t forget to explore your creative side….

ROXANE RECOMMENDS:

Wedding gifts, grad gifts, anniversary gifts, birthdays are all good excuses to give someone a gorgeous Giclee print of one of my textile paintings.  Please email me (roxane@roxanelessa.com) if you are interested in ordering any of my work in a museum quality print.  Notecards are also available.  Calendars might be good too.  What do you think?

And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too!  Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience:

“Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!” 

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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