Connie Sauve: Renovated and Restyled Miniatures is a selection of scenes created inside unique containers including a grandfather clock bonnet top, shotgun shell box, antique radio cabinet and two miniature automobiles. Sauve reinterprets each case by tranforming the shell into a space that is creatively linked to the original purpose of the container. For example, the grandfather clock bonnet top becomes Hickory Dickory Clock Shoppe filled with clocks of all shapes and sizes and complete with a mouse sniffing the exterior of the case.
Five miniatures created by Sauve will be on display at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures through April 29, 2012 including; Hickory Dickory Clock Shop, Emmett’s Fix-it Shop, Bumper Crop Blooms, Hittin’ the Dusty Road and Daddy’s Little Workshop. Included with regular admission.
Ms. Sauve will be at The Mini Time Machine on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 2pm to meet the public and talk about her work.
IGMA (International Guild of Miniature Artisans) Fellow, Connie Sauve (pronounced soh-VAY), became enchanted with miniatures in the mid 1980s when she happened upon a little Chrysnbon peanut machine in a small shop near the University of Minnesota. Soon she discovered a miniature store and before long she had her own collection of inexpensive tiny treasure and was attending a variety of miniature workshops. Miniature dolls became Sauve’s primary interest. After taking several classes on doll making, she started purchasing doll kits and porcelain, working independently to refine her doll making skills and technique. By 1991, after selling her work at several doll and miniature shows, Sauve opened her own business, The China Doll, selling 1:12 scale miniature dolls and doll clothing. In addition to her business, she also created room boxes, dollhouses, shadowboxes, stand along miniatures and unique containers in a variety of scales for her own pleasure.
Connie Sauve applied for and earned IGMA’s Artisan status for doll costuming in 1993 and by 1997 earned IGMA’s Fellow status. After twenty years in the business, Ms. Sauve’s work is in such high demand that commissioned dolls may take up to a year and a half to complete. Her work has been featured in miniature publications around the world and her pieces are included in the following museums: The Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City, Kentucky Gateway Museum and Holly’s Follies Miniature Museum, Virginia.