Fiber artist Roxane Lessa presents her diverse portfolio. See more of her work by visiting her website.
Roxane is a former ballet dancer who began working in textiles in the 90’s. She has a degree in Costume Design, and has designed and made custom clothing for her clients. Roxane discovered the world of art quilting in 1998, and since then has been exploring new ways to use her gift with color and design. She is a member of the Piedmont Craftsmen Guild, SAQA, Surface Design Assoc., PAQA-South, and ASID Carolinas.
Her goals are creating relationships with interior designers and their clients to create custom textile art commissions. Roxane also enjoys teaching small workshops and retreats in art quilt design, painting on the surface, and free motion quilting. She hopes to have an online class about art quilt painting techniques in the coming year.
Roxane’s textile paintings are a mixture of fused applique, textile paints, and intricate free motion quilting. Her work is full of exuberant color and texture. Currently, she has been exploring combining felting and quilting in her Feltscapes series. She also has been branching out into 3-D textile wall sculptures with hand-dyed fabric, using natural life forms as inspiration.
Her work has been featured in Machine Quilting, Unlimited, Fiber Arts Now, The Quilter’s Color Club by Christine Barnes, Art Quilting Studio Mag. She has exhibited in many juried art and quilt shows, including the prestigious Houston IQA show. She is a Niche Award Winner, 2012.
What inspires me? It could be some hand-dyed fabric, a handful of beads, a flower, a tree, a curvilinear shape found in nature, the lovely texture of felt or silk, a trip to Italy, a landscape photo of the desert, most of all color, color, color!
Anything that says, “Look at me, I’m gorgeous!”, could make it into one of my pieces. I want to share that joy I find in working with these elements with other people.