I have been a professional artist for over 45 years. My creations have recently benefited from two retrospective exhibitions, my digital photomontage prints, and the largest one is of my textile art. The Museum of Fine Craft of Quebec/Musée des métiers d’art du Québec (MUMAQ) presented my “Vibrations On Fires/Vibrations sur fibres 21” exhibition from April 15 to June 20, 2021. A catalogue of 88 pages accompanies the exhibition.
MUMAQ also presented a 360 degree virtual visit of my exhibition on its website, which is seen on their website..
For several years I did research to go to the source of my materials. I learned about wool by raising sheep, spinning and natural dyes. I have published books, and also taught several techniques of visual art.
I weave on high and low warp tapestry looms, and master the Goblins and Jacquard techniques. I have devoted several years of research to digital art using photography, and also to weave with fiber optics that provide glowing light animated by programming microcontrollers.
My intent is to offer to diverse audiences including artists, artisans, creative groups, and the general public, works that stimulate several senses: visual, tactile and auditory. My recent tapestries are kinetic and create animation from interaction with the public. I weave tapestries incorporating microprocessors to animate LED lights which produce kinetic effects.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Paulette-Marie Sauvé was born in North Bay, Ontario. She moved to Montreal to pursue her studies in visual art, then began a career as an artist. In 1975 she studied visual arts and architecture at the Institut des arts appliqués de Montréal. In 1975 she visited tapestry studios in France in a weaving program sponsored by l’Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse. In 1986 she studied Computer animation programing with Andrée Beaulieu-Green at the Université du Québec, Montréal (UQUAM). In 1989 she visited museums and art galleries in Italy, in a program with professor Pierre Ayot, (UQUAM). In 1992 she was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree, University of Quebec. In 1998 she studied digital weaving on a dobby loom with Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Montreal. in 2015 she studied Jacquard weaving with Bhakti Ziek, Vermont, USA.
From 1978 to 2005, Paulette-Marie Sauvé lived on a farm that raised sheep. She learned how to work with wool mastering ancestral and contemporary spinning and dyeing. Soon came important orders for public buildings and many awards that highlight the excellence of her work. She travels to give workshops, lectures and do research in Italie, Burkina Faso, Belgique, Suisse, Israel, France, Canada and USA. In 1988, she gave a workshop on Integrating Art Into Architecture at the Chicago 88 World Conference in Chicago, USA. Her works are seen in several corporate, private and public art collections. She continues to create digital, electronic and textile art.
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