Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Witnesses  (Ironing Stories)

three felted vintage ironing pads, one aluminum cloth cover
wool threads, velvet
hand stitched

Hard Twist 12:  Yarn
Gladstone Hotel
Queen Street West
Toronto Ontario

opening September 7 2017
exhibition  August 26 2017 - January 10, 2018 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Prayer Flag For Canada

 Prayer Flag For Canada   2017   57 inches wide x 90 inches high   (145 cm x 228 cm)

vintage women's handkerchiefs, red threads, handkerchief linen, wool dyed red

Premier exhibition in Gore Bay Museum's exhibition for Canada's 150th birthday celebration entitled Prayer Flags For Canada. The entire community was invited by Nicole Weppler, the curator of the museum,  to create more traditionally sized prayer flags and approximately 150 are the result.  Judy Martin was invited to create a large prayer flag.

Gore Bay Museum at Harbour View Centre throughout the summer (June 23 - October 5) and also outside the museum proper.
Some of the red threads bled.  The artist chose to leave this detail as a metaphor for women and for Canada's history.
photographs in this post by Sudbury photographer, Nick Dubecki.

Friday, February 17, 2017

My Light Green Heart

 My Light Green Heart    22.5" wide and 29" high  (57 x 74 cm ), 2017  old linen damask, procion dyes, cotton and wool threads,  Tucked, stitched and quilted by hand
how she submitted, 
loved her interior world
her interior wilderness
the primal forest inside her where among decayed tree trunks
her heart stood
light green

Rainer Maria Rilke
(using the female rather than male pronoun)

March 23 - June 3 2017  Craft Ontario 17
1106 Queen Wesr Toronto

June 23 - September 17
Perspectives From Here   Northwestern Ontario artists about Canada 150
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Thunder Bay Ontario

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The River Beneath

The River Beneath  88 inches w by 84 inches h, (224 cm x 213 cm ) 2016, Silk fabrics and false starts from a life in quilting, 9 patch, big stitch hand quilting with perle cotton thread.
 The River Beneath (detail)
The River Beneath (detail)
All photos by Nick Dubecki, Sudbury.


International Quilt Festival Chicago
April 6 - 8 2017

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

soft summer gone

Soft Summer Gone  2016

262 cm h x 256 cm  - approximately 100 inches by 100 inches
The fabrics are silk that have been dyed with local plants from Manitoulin Island
The piece is quilted with hand embroidery.   Silk and wool threads
Couching and stem stitch.

completely construcgted by hand stitch
and quilted with hand embroidery

This quilt is part of Quilt National 17,
The opening in the Dairy Barn, Athens Ohio May 27, 2017 - September 4 2017

Monday, July 25, 2016

moon cloth _ female figurine

 Moon Cloth     2016     Hand stitched hanging sculpture.
dimensions variable (135 cm h x 50 cm w x 16 cm d)
wool, indigo dye, cotton thread, silk thread, hand stitching   
Worked from the back of the cloth, strips cut from the bottom that were then couched in angles and circles.  The fabric became energized with hand work.
Inspired by the rotation of the moon, ancient female figurines from pre-history and the immensity of our vulnerable inner selves.

Hard Twist 11  Spin  Augut 26 2016 - January 8, 2017, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto Ontario Canada.

Perivale Gallery Manitoulin Island for the 2017 season

Monday, April 18, 2016

large emptiness, small marks: a portfolio of sketches

 Large Emptiness Small Marks  2016  silk, cotton, rayon, linen damask fabrics stitched with cotton, silk and metallic threads.  36 pages within a hand stitched taffeta folder, each page is 33 cm x 33 cm.

A portfolio of sketches for large-scale (2.5 m or 90" ) square quilts.  Each 33 cm square cloth page is an idea for a larger cloth construction that will be filled with hand stitched marks.  A large square grid is formed when all thirty-six sketches are displayed at one time that measures 200 cm x 200 cm.
The squares are each filled with horizontal lines or large circles and are made from layers of lush, calm fabrics.  Each page is a complete idea and can be displayed singly or within a larger group.  This artwork encourages close physical engagement and considered viewing over time.  The slow actions of undoing buttonholes, opening the folder, and lifting each page encourages contemplation.   Unconscious memories are unlocked by the sense of touch.