Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Canadian Pioneer enters the permanent collection of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

 Canadian Pioneer
64 inches x 48 inches
re-purposed wool blankets, wool yarns, fulled, hand stitched
Canadian Pioneer has become part of the permanent collection of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Old blankets were cut and sewn into a vertically striped cloth which was then slashed open.
The circular wound was mended (and strengthened) with blanket stitch.  Stitched into it were small squares of folded wool to represent the repeated daily chores.  Finally, the whole thing was drowned in the washing machine and transformed into something tougher as it became felted.
Offered as a metaphor for the women pioneers of Canada, this piece is perserverant, optomistic and courageous.  It is a warm flag with a large open, raw heart that communicates warmth, usefulness, bravery, and optimism.  

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Cloud in Me - a successful exhibition

1.   All seven of the pieces in the show were completed in 2017 - and although some of them had their creative beginnings years previously, the goal of completing enough for a commerical exhibition pushed the artist to a new level of productivity.
2.  This was Judy Martin's first solo exhibition in the large city of Toronto, Ontario.  The gallery that invited and hosted the exhibition is considered one of the best for fine art and craft in the country.  The David Kaye Gallery.
longing cloth  9 feet x 2 feet
longing cloth showing red interior
side b

3.  Although this was Judy Martin's 28th solo exhibition, most of her other exhibitions have been in government supported public galleries in Ontario.  Measuring success at a commercial gallery means sales and two pieces did sell during the exhibition run.  Longing Cloth and Basic Goodness    Please contact the David Kaye gallery if interested in purchasing any of the other pieces from the exhibition.
basic goodness 3 feet x 3 feet
4.  Many people went into David Kaye's gallery to experience Judy Martin's exhibition.  Some of the visitors wrote in the artist's guest book and what follows are just some of the beautiful comments:

thank you for the inspiration and beauty
wonderful work, inspiring
awesome, so many hours spent - beautiful
so beautiful, connected to spiritual peace
gesture and energy and the time it takes to stitch and dye
a steller exhibition
sensual, deep, the risk of revealing and allowing the unconscious world to radiate
earth and air  9 feet x 6 feet
absolutely stunning
touches me
beautiful show, incredible work
feast for the soul
fantastic, elegant, thoughtful and warm
extremely interesting
congrats, beautiful work, your true voice
a wonderful milestone
love the way I feel when I'm in this room.  So nurturing and healing
the cloud in me  5 feet x 6 feet
fantastic, I love the rnage of depth in the texture of white thread and white cloth, soulful and serene
amazing work
heart wrenching
quiet and intense and draws you in
beautiful work, speaks volumes
inspiring exhibition, love the option of touching the work
glad I had a moment to spend looking
wonderful, heart warming
very inspriting
lovely to see them in person.  inspiring
thank you for allowing us to touch Sisu.  I was amazed at its weight.  Looking at all the stichting in your pieces gives me tranquility
beautiful and very moving
my open heart 5.5  feet x 5 feet
so lovely
I was blown away, great work
beautiful stitching, thank you for sharing Sisu - such an intimate quilt
gorgeous exhibition, structure with playfulness
a beautiful touch
so inspiring
most impressive
intricate textiles, holes, overlaps, and blush of pink
such a large idea rendered in such a meticulous and minute way
cloud of time 7.5 feet x 9 feet
thank you for sharing your work and your sentiments
absolutely stunning
amazing, intricate work
great and inspring work
poetic cloth indeed
seeing the works in person is another experience altogether, it's wonderful
such a gentle joy
elegant and original
gorgeous show
satisfying on so many levels
I feel so fortunate to have seen this work in person
bidwell  5 feet x 5 feet  aprox
all photographs in this post by Frank Myers
(except for Basic Goodness- Nick Dubecki)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Masterworks: Abstract and Geometric opens in Houston at International Quilt Festival

Mended World is one of the 29 art quilts on display in this exhibition which will tour the world until 2020.
Judy Martin and her local community on Manitoulin Island Canada created this meditation panel  2009 - 2012
The fabrics are donated and thrift shop linen damask table cloths and new silk
hand and machine constructed by many hands
hand quilted by many hands

View all the works in this exhibition through a slide show  available here.
Judy was asked to make an audio file about this piece.  Listen to it at this link.

November 3 - 5 2017 at the festival in Houston 

Friday, October 20, 2017

a second Meet The Artist planned for this Saturday October 21

Judy Martin will be at the David Kaye Gallery from 3 - 5 pm on October 21, 2017

Please drop by and say hello to the artist and view (and maybe touch) her work with her.

"This exhibition needs to be experienced in the real, and not on a device"  David Kaye

1092 Queen Street West  (entrance on Dovercourt)
Toronto Ontario  M6J 1H9
416 532 9075

Thursday, October 05, 2017

The Cloud In Me opens in Toronto

The Cloud In Me
October 5 - 29 2017
Opening "meet the artist"  on Saturday October 7  2-4 pm
David Kaye Gallery
1092 Queen West Toronto
Entry is off Dovercourt
Look for the side walk sign.  That is where the entrance is.
All work is hand stitched.
Accidents, found and used fabrics, aging processes, are included in the work, giving soul to the serene tactile drawings on exhibition.
Judy Martin has brought her father's wheel chair quilt for viewers to touch.  (blue object above)
Touch is the most powerful of the senses to communicate on an intimate level.

thunder bay art gallery art auction

on september 29 thunder bay art gallery hosted their annual auction to fund raise for new gallery at the harbour front.

Judy Martin sent "I'm Here" in support of this cause.

through black spruce movie

Through Black Spruce by Joesph Boyden is being filmed in Sudbury and Judy Martin's stitched drawing Duet was chosen for one of the props.

daughter April Martin's MOON was also chosen.

Images soon

Friday, September 22, 2017

Sheguiandah fiber artist's works go globe trotting

The Manitoulin Expositor ran an article about Judy Martin's work.

for now, use this link to read the article. 

or if preferred, the complete article is copied below:

SHEGUIANDAH—The beautiful work of fiber artist Judy Martin, who resides in Sheguiandah, is being shared with the world through three global exhibitions that will see her pieces travel to Japan, Europe and across North America.
“Mended World was selected to be part of a special  exhibition, ‘Masterworks: Abstract and Geometric,’  in the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas that takes place in early November,” Ms. Martin explained to The Expositor. “The quilts in this exhibition are by the 29 featured artists in a book that was published in 2016, ‘Art Quilts International: Abstract and Geometric,’ by Martha Sielman. These engaging works of art represent a range of styles across the abstract art spectrum. Participating artists come from Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and across the US.”
Mended World was completed in 2012. It measures 94 inches by 94 inches and is made from re-purposed damask tablecloths and new silk.  It is machine and hand pieced, and hand quilted.  Many hands worked on this quilt during the project that took place in the Little Current United Church between 2009 and 2013.
As part of the exhibition, Mended World will also be travelling to Japan, Europe and across the United States, returning to Canada in 2020.
“‘Art Quilts International: Abstract and Geometric’ includes 300 gorgeous art quilts, bursting with colour and excitement, capturing the work of 124 major quilt artists from 18 countries,” added. Ms. Martin. “It also contains in-depth interviews with 29 of the artists (including Ms. Martin) which help us understand their inspirations, their techniques and their challenges.”
As well, Ms. Martin’s work ‘Time Passes Over The Earth,’ a plant dyed velvet piece, is part of an exhibit entitled ‘My Corner of the World’ which is currently in France, travelling to Canada in August of 2018
Her piece ‘Soft Summer Gone,’ 100-inch square, is made of dyed plant silk and is hand embroidered and quilted. It is part of the Quilt National exhibition that opened earlier this year in Ohio and is travelling to Europe. Ms. Martin received two awards in surface design for the quilt.
“Quilt National is a biennial exhibition and this was the 20th year,” said Ms. Martin.  “It is one of the most important exhibitions internationally for art quilters.  This is the second time that a piece of mine has been accepted.  I was floored to win two awards for surface design for my piece ‘Soft Summer Gone.’  The exhibition opened in May in Athens, Ohio and came down early September. It’s next location is the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Misouri. It will tour until 2021.”
This summer Ms. Martin has been busy creating seven new pieces for a solo exhibition in Toronto in October at the David Kaye Gallery.
“‘The Cloud in Me’ is all brand new work,” said Ms. Martin. “It is about connecting to the inner world—the feeling you get when you are outside and the immensity you feel as you look out over the horizon. It also explores the idea of healing. Most of the pieces began with being wrecked and healed—exploring reparation—taking care of your self, your body, your spirit and the viewer.”  ‘The Cloud in Me’ runs at the David Kaye Gallery from Monday, October 2 to Sunday, October 29. The opening is being held on Saturday, October 7 at 2 pm.
“I am very pleased to be having this exhibit in Toronto,” Ms. Martin commented. “It is my first solo exhibition in Toronto in a commercial space. I’m a little un-nerved about it all and have been working very hard at the new hand stitched pieces, none of them are small.”  
Ms. Martin said she is thrilled that her work has been selected for these global exhibitions and for the opportunity for her own exhibition in Toronto.  “I’ve been working hard for a long time and it is nice to get this recognition,” she shared. “And I’m able to stay here, home, and still able to reach people with my work. It’s amazing.”
To learn more about Judy Martin’s work visit her blog,

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Celebration of Women's History Month

paradise is what lies beyond the horizon  2012  Judy Martin, domestic linen, acrylic paint, thread on paper

time, dream, memory: dream  2014  Judy Martin  re-purposed wool blanket, red thread, vandyke print, vintage frame 
Four of Judy Martin's framed pieces (2 shown above) will be shown in the exhibition in celebration of women's history month, 9th floor, Capital one North York campus, 5140 yonge street, Toronto from August 2017 until November 2017.

Tracey Capes fine art consulting arranged the exhibition through the David Kaye Gallery.

Other women artists in this small exhibition:  Susan Warner Keene, Valerie Knapp, Loree Ovens, and Sylvia Ptak.  The opening reception - meet the artists is scheduled for October 30, 2017 from 4-6 pm.