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.
From photos, to doodles, to postcards, to stitches
I recently completed a few 4" x 6" pieces which I sent to be judged for a postcard exhibition. Some were stitched while others were drawn with markers. One piece was inspired by photos of a mother raccoon and her babies sleeping in my elm tree. Mom had gotten tired of having 4 little ones jumping, grabbing at her and sleeping all piled on top of her on a hot summer day. Soon, I saw her get up, wearily walk out on a limb and collapse onto it, legs hanging out on either side (she later returned to them). Using the photos, I started doodling a caricature of them and ended up with a kind of zentangle in black and white with a touch of green. This became my postcard entry as shown. Then I decided to enlarge the picture and trace it onto a piece of white cotton which I am embroidering with black thread. I will post a photo of the embroidery as a work in progress once I get a few more (hundred) stitches. I decided to add touches of green on the leaves with watercolours as I did with markers on the postcard.
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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