Collectif Creativity: 16May2022

by Sylvie Juteau

While browsing for images to share with you, fellow artists, I realized I did accomplish a few projects during the pandemic. A few indicate I’ve been discovering some of the joys of working with my little welder.

Lotus More than four years in the making (Yup, it sure took me a while to wrap my mind around going large scale 3-D).

First two rows of petal welded on support

Each petal being a handleless spade shovel originating from all around the counties. My thanks to every kind  philanthropist who contributed a shovel, etc.  🙂 

 Lotus, 6′ diameter, recycled farm implements 

At last my lotus is finished. Now hanging on the back wall of our workshop, to my dismay it looks tiny! Talk about squishing a longing for achieving architectural artwork.

However, there is nothing like challenge to push me further out of my comfort zone so another old project that would not stop nudging the back of my mind came forward with a vengeance. If it works out, and with André’s contribution, you should see this lotus when driving by our place on the 4th of Kenyon by end of fall.

Fern Commissioned by one of the kindest and tallest men I know for the birthday of a petite lady I adore.

 Fern, 11’x 3′, 16 gage metal

One of the joyful work projects that gave me wings. I allowed myself the right to rub brainwaves with Dr. Seuss and loved it. Naive and candid, free of my usual need to copycat nature to a T.​

Heart Last fall, we decided to take a breather from the outdoor maintenance our property needs and, instead, to play a bit. Removing one vine we planted 9 years ago at the base of our chimney, we attempted large scale again. Unlike the lotus, this heart doesn’t hide its identity from the road.

Heart, approx. 10 x 10′, vine

Don’t be shy, Collectif members. Share your creative impulses! Send JPG images of your creative mind at work to with up to 100 words per image describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. (Kindly number your images to make life easier for the curator!)

Maybe share how/if creativity affects your daily life. Please include size (height by width), title & media for all images. 

Writers – we really want to hear from you too! Send us poetry, lyrics, an excerpt. Please try to include an illustration of some sort. 

Give us informative, inspiring show & tell. Let’s get everyone exploring their inner creative soul. 


  1. WOW Sylvie!!! I love the lotus, the fern and the heart! Beautiful works of art and so very creative and original!


  2. Sylvie’s metal works have always fascinated me, especially the cut out designs on shovels and such, always beautiful and unique works.


  3. What a wonderful exploration of natural forms and working at a larger scale. Terrific work Sylvie!
    I have noticed the heart when driving by. It really catches the eye, even from such a long distance.


  4. This is marvellous work! What a terrific exploration of natural forms and working on A large scale. I noticed the heart when I drove by recently. It really makes an impression!




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