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 fro 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  Hard Twist 10:  Memory
Gladstone Hotel  1214 Queen Street W,  Toronto M6J 1J6
August 27 - December 27 (opening reception September 10 7 pm)
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

No exhibition record as yet.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Beginning With Time

Beginning With Time: Day  78" x 90" 2015  re-purposed wool blankets and blanket cloth, wool yarns, silk velvet, plant dyes and procion mx dyes.  reverse applique, seed stitch, all by hand
Beginning With Time: Night  78" x 90"  2015  re-purposed wool blankets, cotton velveteen, wool yarns, alpaca roving, silk velvet, plant dyes and procion mx dyes. Reverse applique, couching, seed stitch, all by hand.

This is a two sided piece.  Both sides are the right side.
Created for the exhibition
Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder curated by Gloria Hickey and Philippa Jones.

Exhibition Record:

Included in Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder, Craft Council gallery, Devon House, 59 Duckworth Street, St. John's Newfoundland.   March 21 - April 25 2015.  The exhibition includes 20 contemporary fibre artists, most from Newfoundland.

Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder is currently at Woody Point Discovery Centre in Gros Morne National Park and will remain on display throughout the summer season.  This is the main exhibition of the international fibre conference,  Fibre Arts Newfoundland October 14-18.

Beginning With Time is already in private collection, currently on loan for this exhibition.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Time, Dream, Memory series


Time, Dream, Memory: Time  Vintage materials , van dyke print, hand stitch, frame within a frame under glass  20 inches square  2014  Judith e Martin

Time, Dream, Memory: Dream    vintage materials, van dyke print on hand made paper, hand stitch, vintage frame within a metal frame under glass  20 inches square  2014    Judith e Martin

Time, Dream, Memory Memory     Vintage materials, van dyke print on hand made paper, hand stitch, vintage frame under glass within a metal frame, 2014  Judith e Martin

Time, Dream, Memory: Mother   vintage materials, van dyke print on hand made paper, hand stitch, vintage frame under glass within a metal frame (not shown)  2014  Judith e Martin



This series was first shown during the 2014 summer season at the Perivale Gallery, Spring Bay Manitoulin Island

time, dream, memory: time and time, dream memory : dream are currently available through the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto, Ontario.  (the top two images and the bottom detail)

time, dream, memory: memory and time, dream, memory: mother showed at the Manitoulin Fine Arts Association Members exhibition in September 2014 at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah, Manitoulin Island

Sunday, November 23, 2014

silver water


Silver Water   2012    indigo on rayon and on linen with shibori markings, tucked seam, hand quilted with embroidery floss   14" x 54"   detail shown above

Silver Water 2012, Judith e Martin
Silver Water side b  2012  Judith e Maritn


Silver Water 2012  side b  procion dyed cotton and rayon, hand quilted with embroidery floss  14" x 54|"  (detail above)

Silver Water is in private collection