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.
New Fibre Art - "On the Rocks: Some days you just need to get away"
Last month I sent submissions to Lowell Gallery in Massachusetts to be juried for an exhibition. The theme was "The Sea". I was keeping them under wraps but they were not accepted so I will post them. This is the first piece - a whimsical look at getting away from it all. Connie Kaldor wrote a song several years ago called 'Wanderlust' about how, every once in a while, a woman's gotta pack her bags and get away. So I created the ultimate getaway. I hand-painted the background and appliqued onto it. Everything is appliqued and quilted by hand. For depth I appliqued on some waves at the bottom and stuffed them. The mermaid was painted on a piece of white cotton then I fused a piece of filmy gold organza onto her to make her skin glow. I then fused and stitched her to the background. I added a tail, sequins and more gold organza and here she is being pampered by a rockhopper penguin and octopus. On the rocks I placed her sunglasses and book. The fisherman in his boat on the horizon could have several meanings.......you decide.
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It was when I was working as a social worker that I began quilting. For the last 20 years I have been creating art quilts, mostly stitched by hand. Recently I have added machine stitching to some of my pieces. I still love hand stitching and create many hand embroidered pieces often with painted backgrounds. I find inspiration in the natural world and there is usually a story behind the inspiration for my pieces.
I now stitch full time and love learning about fibre and exhibiting, and selling my work. I learn from other artists, workshops, quilting magazines and books, fibre arts groups, and friendly challenges. Visit my website at www.juanitasauveartquilts.com and my shop JuanitaSauveFibreArtonEtsy All photos and artwork on this site are the sole property of the site owner/ copyrighted by the author and not to be copied or reproduced without my permission. Enjoy your visit!