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.
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!