Saturday, November 11, 2017

Fall Shows




Time for Fall Shows and I have been busy making new art works and jewelry.    Lots of needle felted and hand stitched embroideries, stitching on satin backgrounds, hoop embroideries, embroidered mini hoop necklaces, and new ideas for fabric under glass pendants (adding foiled fabrics for a little glitz:)
Go to Exhibitions section for more details.   Here are a few new pieces.

The Days are Getting Shorter Now










Sunset Reflections Machine Stitched

Floral Hoop

Elephant Bones - needled felted and hand stitched





 
Fabrics Under Glass pendants

Close Up of needle felted and hand stitched piece

A little mini pendant


And when I am not stitching I am singing with our band 'Local Colour'.   In June we recorded a demo of original songs and we practice every week.    We have lots of fun too!!
 


In the recording studio

Monday, April 17, 2017

Winter Art and Exhibition Pieces

I have been busy this winter working on lots of embroideries and some new machine and hand stitched pieces (see also last post).
Wildflowers in the Bog - hand stitched embroidery framed to 8 x 10

Pathway to the Beach - tiny 2.5 x 3.5 embroidery

A Riot of Blooms - hand embroidery

Into the Blue - hand embroidery mounted on silk covered gallery canvas 8 x 8"



Gently Down the Stream, - hand embroidery in shadowbox





Since going on Instagram I have noticed the many wonderful modern  hoop embroideries happening around the world.  Many are works of beauty and often protest!!   It doesn't seem to have hit my city yet.    But what fun to embroider and display in the hoop!    So here are a few I have made this winter.  I hope to post some of these on Etsy shortly.




    



 
    































Autumn - 16" x 20" -  exhibited at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte this winter
 This piece is composed of machine stitched strips of fabric, mounted and framed.
Living Colour - 24" x 30" - exhbited at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum for this winter's show 'Colour Unboxed".
Each block of this piece was needle felted then hand embroidered and mounted on black felt on a stretched canvas.


I have also been working on embroidered floral and landscape necklaces and some  'protest' pendants called 'signs from the women's march'.     And of course lots of fabric under glass pendants.....More to come.......

Sunday, April 2, 2017

New Work

Here are a few brand new pieces I will be exhibiting at Fibre Fling 6.  My last sunset piece called Red Sky at Night; Sailors' Delight was sold at the Textile Museum show recently and there was a lot of interest in it.   So I am working on a new series of Sunsets, each one a different scene.   This is the first.




 This second piece is called Autumn's Fine Dress - a machine stitched piece.

  I haven't been posting on my blog for awhile ---ever since I got on Instagram - but I will try to keep up.   Both are great spaces.  You can see my work on Instagram at juanitasauvefibreart.

Fibre Fling 6

It's time again for our 6th annual Fibre Fling, a fibre art exhibition and sale by Out of the Box Fibre Artists in partnership with Kitchissippi United Church in Ottawa.  This year's show promises to be a wonderful exhibition of fibre work from Out of the Box members with a special showing of work by  alumni artists.    There will be a sales area of smaller items and a high tea is available on Saturday. 

We have just finished a very successful show at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and members are inspired!





April 7 - 8, 2017
Fibre Fling 6 – Textile Art Show and Sale
Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Hours: Friday 10 am-8 pm and Saturday 10 am-5 p.m.
Admission is $5.
High Tea will be available on Saturday for an additional $10. 
Light refreshments are available throughout the show
 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Shows and Exhibitions

***Please note - Colour Unboxed at Textile Museum in Almonte, Ontario - NEW HOURS
The museum will be CLOSED from Dec 23 to Jan 9, 2017.
Opening hours changed to 10 am to 2 pm.


I am gearing up for three weekends of shows starting on November 18 but first I decided to take a weekend off and attend a quilt retreat.   I can't believe I am doing this the weekend before a show but I have worked hard and have lots of work to show.   The trouble is I keep getting inspired to start more works when I know I really should wait till January.    I will probably be finishing up some small embroideries at the retreat or maybe pricing and packaging necklaces:)   Or just eat and drink and walk in the woods:)))

Please check my Exhibition page if you are in the Ottawa area.   I will post details and posters. Besides the three craft and artisan shows,  I am taking part in an exhibition at the Textile Museum in Almonte starting in mid December with my fibre arts group Out of the Box.  It promises to be a wonderful exhibition of fibre art.   I will post that one too.

I have been embroidering birds this fall.  I used to draw birds and sculpt them in clay (many years ago) and have done a few embroidered or appliqued birds but these are very tiny - made to fit into mini frames and hanging ornaments.  The difficult part is setting a price on them.   They take a long time to stitch using one or two strands of thread but in the end they are tiny ornaments or framed minis.   They are fun to make though!

Red Breasted Nuthatch on the side of a tree trunk

Cardinal, Chickadee, Loon and Nuthatch

this 2" high goldfinch is ready to frame
Ornaments - loon, cardinal  and downy woodpecker


 
Besides birds, and as far removed as one can get, I have been playing with needle felting and embroidering abstracts.   I started a series called Building Character, looking at the ways we can describe people using shapes and expressions - it started with a piece called Spiralling Out of Control (I was having a bad day).   This one is called When Edgy Meets Calm
When Edgy Meets Calm

 I am finishing up two others -  "With Eyes Wide Open" (ie aware)  and "The Flash" (ie appearing like a bolt of lightning).   I'm thinking about Diva, Firecracker, Sunny Personality,  Bubbly etc etc ..........all to come.    This could be fun.


Talk about Serendipity,  last week I unknowingly parked my car under a Ginkgo Biloba tree.   I returned to find my car covered with beautiful Ginkgo leaves.   Luckily none of the gunky fruit landed on the car but they were scattered on the ground.  I took some photos then rescued a few leaves from my car and brought them home.   Their shape is so beautiful!  I am still finding some stuck around the trunk of my car.  



When I was gathering photos to post I saw this little reminder of my hiking trip to Cape Breton in September - seems so long ago.   These Adirondack chairs behind our rented cottage in Neils Harbour beckon but we barely had time to sit in them....next year..
Hope to see you at the shows!    Check my Exhibition page.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Preparations



My two art works are off to Fibre Content at the Burlington Art Gallery and now I am concentrating on preparing for the fall shows - working on some major pieces as well as smaller framed work, embroidered and landscape necklaces, and even some painted jewelry.

I have been hampered by ongoing dental work which was supposed to finish today with a permanent bridge but a problem with the bridge work means more weeks of uncertainty, careful eating, and appointments.  I have also had exterior work done on my house which took a chunk out of the summer too.   But that's finished now.

On October 7,8 and 9 I will be taking part in Expressions of Art with the WCAS in Carp, Ontario.  Click on the link for more info or to download the brochure.
Expressions of Art.

 Besides Expressions,  I will take part in the Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair at the Glebe Community Centre and Baz'Art at the Shenkman Centre in Orleans in November, and the $100 and Under Sale in Carp (WCAS) in early December.    I will post details on my Exhibitions page shortly.

I have been doing some experimenting too.   I follow Mary Corbet's wonderful embroidery site  Needle'n Thread and I learn so much.    Recently she demonstrated how to stitch free form using a voided approach.  She used the letter A.   I tried it using an outline of my birdbath for the centre area and stitching florals all around it.  I really enjoyed the process and learned something that was transferable to other projects - and probably most embroiderers already know - when you can't draw on the right side of your background, draw on the back, stitch around it and you will know where to place your stitches on the front.   When finished, you pull out the original stitching.   It works so well!  And now I know when I want to make a piece in a circular form I can use that same technique to stitch a circle.
I didn't really leave the centre void but stitched it in white. 



It doesn't look as pretty as Mary's.....

Then I decided to stitch a circle (inside of a 4" hoop is perfect for tracing on the back)

.......And just stitch wildflowers and grasses till it was filled.

I am working on a piece for our Out of the Box exhibition in December at the Textile Museum in Almonte.    First I needed to needle felt several rectangles so I bought these yummy rovings at Wabi Sabi.

After needle felting each rectangle I hand stitched on each one (see previous blog posts) for months -  then placed them on a black felt background.   Here is a sneak peek at a bit of the almost finished piece.  The theme is Colour Unboxed and the title of this piece is Living Colour.


 
Here is another piece called Reclamation I think - lots of hand and machine stitching - which I will mount on a stretched canvas which has been covered in wrinkled tissue and painted to resemble the crumbling structure in the piece.
Lots of experimentation this summer!


Close up ....


I like to have lots of new smaller framed pieces ready too.  Here are a couple I have completed recently.

hand stitched

Hand and machine stitching


Here are some pendants drying on a messy glue tray.  I love to see them all together like this.  It almost makes it worth all the fussy cutting and gluing.

It has been difficult finding time to sew this summer but I managed to make some progress and will continue throughout the fall.