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.
I have almost completed the re-organization of my workspace and storage area and have started planning a new piece. It is inspired by a gannet colony we visited on Ile Bonaventure and I am calling it "A Gannet Family Album". Gannets are kind of goofy-looking birds when walking - with their blue eye ring and matching blue markings on their feet. Their faces look painted on. But they exhibit some interesting characteristics as these photos show. Their nests consist of rows of lumps of earth which have been prepared carefully for their one egg. The mother shows care and concern for the fluffy baby. As we watched, one little one put its head into the mother's mouth to eat regurgitated food. They can be fiercely territorial and will attack if another gannet unwittingly strays into their territory (see photo with 2 birds holding each other's bill - neither will let go until a third bird joined the fight and one managed to slip away. Their courting rituals are graceful and captured often in art as they rise up and touch bills, wings outspread. They also show reverence by bowing deeply. I'm not sure of the purpose but it really looks very human like (or are we copying them?). Apparently the partners winter separately in Florida and meet up the next spring back at the same colony (not a bad idea. No wonder their relationships last). They recognize each other by their voices (very similar to penguins I believe). These behaviours and family groupings just called out to be part of my 'gannet family album'. I plan to paint, applique and embroider this piece. I'll posts the results.
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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!