Saturday, January 13, 2018

quiet zone 2 exhibition , world of threads 2016 review

Dawne Rudman, co-founder and co-curator of the World of Threads Festival in Oakville Ontario, included Lake by Judy Martin in recent review of Quiet Zone 2 from the 2016 festival.  Image by Gareth Bates co-curator above, text by Dawne, below.   

Judy Martin of Maniotulin Island Ontario, Canada, has participated in Festival 2009  Common Thread exhibit, Festival 2012: Continuum exhibit and Quiet Zone, Festival 2014  Solo Shows and Installations exhibitions and Festival 2016: Quiet Zone 2 exhibit.  

Lake is a hand stitched quilt made from re-purposed linen damask and hemp-silk dyed with indigo.

To read more about Judy Martin, take a look at our Artist Interview with her at this link.

Judy:    My practice relies on a vocabulary of archetypal shape and the resonance and repetition found in poetry and music.  I work slowly and in solitude, allowing the pieces to evolve and change through processes of destruction and re-creation.  Most importantly, the work is grounded by the phenomenological idea that the sense of touch is the most effective way to connect emotionally with others.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

north eastern manitoulin library fund-raising exhibition

Time, Dream, Memory: Memory 2014    van dyke print on hand made paper, vintage wool blanket cloth, vintage picture frame under glass in contemporary frame, hand stitch

From December 16 2017 until January 31 2018, there will be an exhibition of local artwork in the Library in Little Current.  Patrons are invited to purchase an original piece of art for $100.  The artist will receive $50 and the library will receive $50 to support ongoing programs.  Judy Martin's Time, Dream, Memory: Memory is part of this exhibition.

opening hours of the library 

Thursday, December 07, 2017

The Whole Shebang

 The Cambridge Art Galleries  (The Idea Exchange) in Cambridge Ontario will be show-casing the entire colelction of Canadian Contemporary Fibre Art November 24 2017 to February 18 2018.
Judy Martin's 1993 quilt "Hold Me" is part of this collection, acquired in 1994.

The text couched into the border reads:  "When you consider something like death, then it probably doesn't matter if we try too hard, are awkward sometimes, or love one another too deeply in order to know life.'"
 The entire quilt is made of rayon cloth and is hand quilted and embroidered.
There will be a symposium to discuss the collection on Saturday January 27, 2018.

Guided tours of the collection run on Tuesday evenings 7 pm and Saturday afternoons at 2 pm.

For more information, click here

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The River Beneath featured in International Quilt Festival Call for Entry

The River Beneath
took part in International Quilt Festival Mid-West and Central Canada exhibition in 2017
The organizers have chosen to use an image of it for the 2018 call for enter.  

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

All the pieces in the show were completed in 2017.
Judy Martin's first solo exhibition at  the David Kaye Gallery.
longing cloth  9 feet x 2 feet
longing cloth showing red interior
side b

The Cloud in Me was Judy Martin's 28th solo exhibition.  Most of her other exhibitions have been in government supported public galleries in Ontario.  The David Kaye Gallery is a commercial gallery.  Two pieces sold.   Longing Cloth and Basic Goodness   If you are interested in ownership of any other pieces in this body of work, please contact the David Kaye gallery
basic goodness 3 feet x 3 feet
This exhibition was well attended.  Some of the many 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