Juanita Sauve Art Quilts: With fabric and paints I capture landscapes, people and ideas, designing colourful, one-of-a-kind hand-stitched wall hangings. Inspiration is everywhere around us. My work tells a story - about me, about my world, and my ideas and values.
Ever since I first heard Jody Benjamin's song about the prairies called Infinite Blue, I have been visualizing a panoramic piece with rolling hills, prairie fields and lots of sky. In the cold of January I decided to give it a go. I started by painting my sky on a piece of satin with caran d'ache crayons and water. It took a couple of tries before I got the sky I was looking for. Then, rather than fuse all the layers (which would have made hand-stitching a bit of a chore) I just tacked them down with fabric glue and bits of fusible here and there. I started at the top and worked my way down, cutting, placing, discarding, starting over, till I had the right combination of colours, textures, patterns and plains (no pun intended). The strip at the bottom was rather serendipidous when I accidentally placed it across the quilt and saw that it gave the piece the panoramic look I was after. I am still working on stitching the pieces together. I think I will finish it pillow case style with no binding. Lately I seem to be drawn to long narrow shapes - both horizontal and vertical. And I am still working on my mosaic piece - many little squares.
You can see my work at #juanitasauvefibreart on Instagram.
For the last 22 years I have been creating original fibre art, both hand and machine stitched. I create many hand embroidered pieces often with painted or felted backgrounds. I find inspiration in the natural world, in personal and political themes and from my imagination, and there is usually a story behind my pieces.
Small art, fibre art jewelry, journals, postcards, hoop art and ornaments are a big part of my fibre art journey.
I stitch full time and love learning about fibre and exhibiting, presenting to Guilds and selling my work. I learn from other artists, workshops, books, and fibre arts groups.
When I am not stitching I am spending time outdoors, writing songs and singing with our band, Local Colour.
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