Monday, April 9, 2018

Interesting Times

I have had a busy winter creating, presenting a trunk show of my work to a local Guild and making music.    After a very successful Fibre Fling 7 art show, sale and fundraiser, I am settling in to updating my blog, entering exhibitions and songwriting.  Oh yes, and tax time!! Here are some photos from my recent trunk show at the Richmond Quilters' Guild.

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 year..
Hope to see you at the shows!    Check my Exhibition page.