The Small Art Quilt
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(Nov 21, 2007)
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Join Mixed Media Artist Jane LaFazio in learning three easy and exciting techniques for creating your own original art quilts. Based on Jane's popular 6 week art quilt class, this compelling DVD appeals to art quilter, traditional quilter, artist and non-artist alike. All you need is an interest in working in fabric, and the urge to create. And once you know the basics, you'll be able to combine the elements of all three styles for even more variety. Jane's clear and easy instruction will inspire you to create beautiful and personal art quilts that are satisfying and meaningful to you cherished and admired by your friends and family. Jane also reveals how she gets her inspiration and how to create a journal of ideas. She'll show you the materials you'll need and how to embellish your projects. Plus, an entire section dedicated to Jane's mixed media quilts and how she created them. Up close and personal!
About the Actor
Jane LaFazio is a mixed media artist who works in paper and cloth. She began her artist life as a watercolor painter in 1992, and started working with fabric in 2002. Jane began teaching her popular Art Quilt Explorations class in 2005 in San Diego, California. She also teaches mixed media and watercolor journaling to adults and creative classes for kids. Her artwork has been featured in galleries, juried mixed media exhibitions and publications including the books Material Visions: A Gallery of Miniature Art Quilts, Fabric Art Gallery, Beginner s Guide to Art Quilt, Danny Gregory s An Illustrated Life: Drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers. and magazines Quilting Arts, and Cloth, Paper, Scissors.
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This is also a great DVD for children or teenagers wanting to explore expressing themselves through mixed media. With a little supervision (for younger kids) and some simple supplies - let the kids go! Do warn their parents - we had one child who went home an ripped up a few of her Mom and Dad's clothes (OOPS!) But her project was wonderful.
My favorite purchase of the year :-)
In chapter one Jane takes you through the entire process of making a wool felt, journal sized quilt. She shows you how to sketch out a pattern, choose your materials, cut them, glue them, stitch them, and assemble them. She talks about her materials along the way, her design process and the "why" of the "what" she is making. She truly makes the creation of art look simple and - yes YOU CAN do it!
Gotta say, it's making me want to make a wool felt quilt. No fraying edges to worry about - not that I actually worry about my fraying edges. I do think about whether I want them there or not and what they add to the design of the piece.
In chapter two you get to follow the creation of a painted quilt from the design process through to the finished piece. She works from a photo of her cute little kitty cat and shows you how to block out shapes and create a pattern. If you thought you needed to know how to draw before you could make a piece like this you are mistaken. Again - she shows you how easy it is.
The other techniques covered on the DVD include raw edge fabric collage, applying embellishments to your quilt, adding words, journaling for inspiration, stamping, and composition. I love the gallery section where she shows you an artwork she's made and explains the details and inspirations.
So - if you are an aspiring quilt artist - I really think you would love to own this DVD! As I mentioned, Jane is a great teacher and she generously shares a plethora of techniques and inspiration. Yup. Two thumbs up from me.