Tuesday, February 2, 2016

the air becomes cloth

the air becomes cloth  2015
linen, cotton, silk, procion mx dye, block printing ink, cotton and silk threads
batik, block print,completely hand stitched (hand construction, hand embroidery, hand quilting, hand quilting with embroidery
81 inches high, 40 inches wide (detail of hand embroidery shown above)
Birds in flight astound us when, moving in unison, their fleeting crosses darken the sky.
Suddenly they are gone and it's blue eternity again.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Time Passes Over the Earth

Time Passes Over The Earth    2015
silk rayon velvet, plant dyes, bamboo batt, backed with wool gauze, cotton and silk threads
hand pieced and hand  quilted
24.5" h x 20'5"w
What it FEELS like to live on Manitoulin Island.

Exhibition Record:
My Corner of The World: Canada
opens in May at Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford Ontario.
This is a SAQA exhibition (Studio Art Quilt Association).
Michela Fitzsimmons was the sole juror.
Bethany Garner is the co-ordinator.  40 pieces are in the exhibition.
The exhibition will tour Canada.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Cloud of Time

Cloud of Time 2014
re-claimed linen damask and variety of blue fabrics
cotton floss, artist canvas, hand stitch    33 cm x 1806 cm   (13" x 711")

A measurement of one year of time.  (365 days)
One complete skein of embroidery floss is used to represent one day.
exhibition record:
2013  Mended World exhibition, Thunder Bay Art Gallery  September-October 2013
2014  Mended World exhibition, Art Gallery of Sudbury  January - February 2014

2015  Mended World exhibition, Homer Watson House and Gallery, May -June 2015

Studio photograph of Cloud of Time by Nick Dubecki, Sudbury

Monday, August 24, 2015

red moons

Red Moons 2014

re-claimed wool blanket, wool threads, hand stitch 52 x 361 cm (20 x 142 ")

Made from a re-constructed 90+ year old wool blanket, this cloth holds time and memory.  The several threadbare areas evoke the man, woman or child who lay with the blanket and repeatedly pulled it up as a covering.  Many of the worn areas are mended with darning stitch by the artist and the edges strengthened with blanket stitch.  These areas of recent handwork add another layer of human touch.
exhibition record:

2015  August 27 -December 27
Hard Twist 10:  Memory
Gladstone Hotel  1214 Queen Street W,  Toronto M6J 1J6
2014:   February 1-28
Red Moons was included in Judy's solo exhibition, Lucky Protection 
The northern artist's gallery:  artists on Elgin 168 Elgin Street, Sudbury, Ontario
lower two photographs: Nick Dubecki, Sudbury

Thursday, June 25, 2015

little bundles

little bundles  2014
Cotton, thread, hemlock twigs 
74 individual units, variety of sizes  (all can be held in your hand) 
bandaging, wrapping, shrouding, accumulation, repetition, doll-figures, ritual chant, hand touch, body gesture, the protection tradition of red thread
The process of wrapping is healing.  Inside each of the 74 bundles are four hemlock twigs collected and wrapped in 2011.  (see here) 

exhibition record:
The little bundles are an important component of Judy Martin's feel better installation.   The photos above show the installation in POP FOLK TEXTILES, la Galerie du Nouvel Ontario, Sudbury, Ontario March 21- April 18 2015  (curator Sophie LeBlanc)

POP FOLK TEXTILES will also be exhibited in Toronto June 26-August 9 at the Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street.   Sponsored by Le Labo Gallery (586 Richmond St W)

Monday, May 4, 2015

self hug


self hug   2015  silk thread hand embroidery

self hug   2015   vintage monogrammed linen pillow case, silk thread, hand embroidery
self hug 2015 and gathering myself 2009, feel better installation

exhibition record:
Both embroidered pillow cases were shown in the curated exhibition P0P FOLK Textiles at la galerie du nouvel ontario, Sudbury, Ontario, March 21 - April 18, 2015.  Sophie LeBlanc curator
They were part of Judy Martin's larger feel better installation which included 75 bundles and an interactive area where participants could wrap their own bundles.

the older piece, Gathering Myself 2009, has shown in exhibition twice in 2010.
Convergence at Tom Thomson gallery, Owen Sound Ontario
Be Safe My Love (solo exhibit)  Greenwood Quilt Gallery, Guelph, Ontario
A detail of Gathering Myself is on Judy's website.  click here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

three moons

Three Moons  15" wide, 40" long, 2015,  silk charmeuse, indigo dye,  hand stitch resist and hand stitch with silk thread.(detail above)
Three Moons, 40" x 15", 2015   silk, indigo, stitch resist
Three Moons detail, 2015

available at David Kaye gallery, Toronto Ontario