Tuesday, September 9, 2014

YIN YIN

 Yin Yin side a   2013
27 inches high, 36 inches wide
materials:  plant dyed linen, procion dyed velvet, cotton thread, wool batt, backed with wool gauze
techniques:  reverse of reverse applique, hand quilting
Yin Yin side b   2013
27 inches high, 36 inches wide
materials:   natural wool gauze, procion dyed silk velvet, cotton button thread, wool batt, backed with plant dyed linen
techniques:  reverse applique, hand quilting


The title reminds us that this piece does not have an outer  side, rather it has two inner sides.  No yang, just two yin.

Juried by Sue Benner and Patty Hawkins into Visions: The Sky's The Limit
Opening in visions quilt museum October 3, 2014
Show continues until January 4, 2015

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Duet


Duet 

18" x 32" , 2014
materials: felt, silk threads, vintage table linen
technique:  hand stitch, framed under glass
Someone stitched this cloth years ago.  
Neglected for years, yet saved because it is beautiful. 
I strive to make my marks harmonious with hers.
Time is caught with thread.  

Exhibition Record

2014   Included in the Lucky Protection solo exhibition at the Northern Artist Gallery (Artists On Elgin), in Sudbury Ontario for the month of February, 2014
2014   Stitches Across Time, Dufferin County Museum and Archives, Ontario September 12-November 9

Judith e Martin was a juror for Threads Across Time, and was invited to display one piece.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

naata cloth

Naata Cloth  2014
60 cm x 76 cm  (24 x 30)
Materials:  silk brocade, linen, cotton perle threads
Technique:  raw edge applique, chain stitch, french knots, bead stitch, all by hand
Matted and framed in shadow box under glass
Materials:  linen, silk brocade, cotton perle threads
Technique: hand stitched applique, embroidery
Photo:  Judith e Martin
Exhibition Record
2014:  Lucky Protection solo exhibition, Northern Artist Gallery in Artist on Elgin premises,
          Elgin Street, Sudbury    
Sold into private collection

Friday, June 6, 2014

Energy Cloth


Energy Cloth 2011
153 cm h x 153 cm w  (60 inches x 60 inches)
Materials:  re-purposed cotton, procion dye, perle cotton thread, flocked upholstry fabric
Technique:  wax resist, hand stitched embroidery-quilting     Photo:  Judith e Martin
Energy Cloth 2011, detail
153 cm h x 153 cm w
Materials:  procion dye with wax resist on repurposed cotton bed sheet, two layer quilt, the backing is flocked upholstry satin
Technique:  batik and hand embroidery - french knots, back stitch, ladder stitch, running stitch, all stitching goes through both layers of cloth                                         Photo:  Judith e Martin

Exhibition Record
2011:  Ontario Craft Juried exhibition, Ontario Craft gallery, Queen Street, Toronto
2012:  Invited to exhibit at the national Canadian Quilt Conference Halifax, Nova Scotia
2012:  Invited to represent Canada in Traditions in Transition, curated by Sandra Reford
           at the Carrefour Du Patchwork in Alsace France.  Canada was the guest country
2012:  Included in the Quiet Zone exhibition at World of Threads, Oakville, Canada, curated by Dawne    Rudman
2012:  Included in Traditions in Transition when it was exhibited at Joshua Creek Heritage Centre, Oakville, Ontario Canada
2013:  Perivale Gallery, Manitoulin Island.
2014:  Art Gallery of Sudbury art rental, Sudbury Ontario .  This piece is currently available for purchase or rent from the Art Gallery of Sudbury, contact  the gallery at 705 675 4871

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cross My Heart

Cross My Heart (detail),  2010
     33 inches h x 35 inches  w
     Materials: silk, linen, velvet, silk thread, dye, paint;
    Technique: layered, pieced, hand embroidered, hand quilted     Photo:Judy Martin

Time is taken to make the work.   Time is a material.
Cross My Heart,  2010
     33 inches h x 35 inches  w
     Materials: silk, linen, velvet, silk thread, dye, paint;
    Technique: layered, pieced, hand embroidered, hand quilted   
     In private collection, it sold on opening day.      Photo: Judy Martin

 Exhibition and Publication
May-September 2011:  Quilt National, 2011, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athen's Ohio,
                                      toured USA and Europe through 2013

Quilt National 2011: The Best of Contemporary Quilts by Lark Crafts,   page 58

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Not To Know But To Go On

     Not To Know But To Go On, 2013
    Installation Thunder Bay Art Gallery, September 13-October 27 2013 
    66.75 metres h x 35.5 cm w x 1 cm d
    Materials: artist canvas, found fabrics, cotton embroidery floss, cotton tape
    Technique: couching by hand.                                       Photo:  Klaus Rossler
    Part of the Mended World exhibition
     Not To Know But To Go On, 2013
     Installation Thunder Bay Art Gallery, September 13-October 27 2013
     full view on 50 foot wall, part of Mended World exhibition
     66.75 metres h x 35.5 cm w x 1 cm d
     Materials: artist canvas, found fabrics, cotton embroidery floss, cotton tape
    Technique: couching by hand.                                        Photo:  Klaus Rossler
      Not To Know But To Go On, 2013
Installation Art Gallery of Sudbury, January 19 – March 2, 2014  (detail)
66.75 metres h x 35.5 cm w x 1 cm d
Materials: artist canvas, found fabrics, cotton embroidery floss, cotton tape
Technique: couching by hand.                                               Photo:  Judy Martin
Included in the Mended World exhibition
Not to Know But To Go On is based on the private, daily ritual of writing a diary.  It also
refers to the Finnish rag rugs of Judy Martin's cultural heritage, but is stitched, not woven. 

For exactly three years the artist maintained a daily practice of couching strips of found 
fabric to canvas with one complete skein of cotton embroidery floss.  Because we do not 
know what each day will bring, the day’s thread was selected with eyes closed. Over one
thousand days were thus lived through and marked. 

Not just memories, but dreams and plans for the future are held within the work, and not just
from that day when it was created, but also new ones. The combination of simplicity and
subtle human touch transports us into an inner world of dream and self-knowledge.
Exhibition record

This piece is an important part of the Mended World exhibition.  So far, this exhibition has been mounted in two public art galleries in northern Ontario, Canada.

Thunder Bay Art Gallery:  September 13 - October 27, 2013
Art Gallery of Sudbury.  January 19 - March 2, 2014.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mended World Exhibition

Thunder Bay Art Gallery Installation, September 13-October 27, 2013, photo Klaus Rossler
   Art Gallery of Sudbury Installation, January 19 – March 2, 2014, photo Judy Martin

  Art Gallery of Sudbury Installation, January 19 – March 2, 2014, photo Judy Martin


The Mended World Exhibition consisted of the four meditation panels of the Manitoulin Circle Project,  Trinity (the small panel), Book of Hands (two books).
Included in the Mended World exhibition are the stitched journals Not to Know But To Go On and Cloud of Time.  

A catalog for the exhibition was published by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  Dr. Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, scholar in material art, was invited to write the catalog essay.  


Cover image for the Mended World catalog is of Not to know but to go on , photo Judy Martin