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.
My wedding gift is finished and ready to go. A friend and former colleague of mine is marrying her long time female partner and she loved my original mermaid piece so I had the idea of creating a piece with two mermaids (she grew up on an island) and made an attempt to use their faces on the two. I'm not sure how well I succeeded but I am hoping they will like the bodies I gave them and ignore the rest. I constructed this piece much like my original (On the Rocks: Sometimes you just need to get away), using hand painted sky and water and using similar fabrics to the first. In the background is their island home and I attached shells in the foreground which look like they are being tossed up onto the 'island' by the waves. I stuffed the waves to give the piece some depth. I am taking a chance to post this today (before the wedding) but I am guessing that they are not looking at my blog right now since the wedding is a mere two days away. I am off to Cape Breton on Monday for a week of hiking and wanted to post before I leave.
Here are some detail shots (before I added the shells).
It was when I was working as a social worker that I began quilting. For the last 19 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!