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.

Image to follow

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.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Prayer Flags For Canada

Prayer Flag for Canada by Judy Martin, made from women's handkerchiefs, linen and red thread.
created for the exhibition to celebrate Canada's 150th.  90 x 57 inches

Prayer Flags for Canada    June 23 - October 5 2017 at the Gore Bay Museum on Manitoulin Island, Canada.   The entire community was invited by Nicole Weppler, curator of the Gore Bay Museum, to create 150 small prayer flags.  Judy Martin was invited to create a large prayer flag.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Perivale Gallery closes for the season September 17

Her Interior Wilderness
hand made paper with paint, stitch and aspen leaves mounted on re-claimed domestic linen
Judy Martin 2017


Perivale Gallery, Spring Bay, Manitoulin Island
open daily from 10 am until 6 pm
Closes September 17 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Perspective From Here at Thunder Bay Art Gallery

My Light Green Heart
57 x 75 cm
Old damask linen, procion dye, hand stitch  2017
Judy Martin

Every time I worked on this leaf green piece, I felt as if sheltered by a tree.  The small repetitive movements of myh hands as they made the marks calmed me during a hwirl of personal and world events.  The greeness and softness of the old cloth is why I started it and why I continued with it.

I suppose it's a worry cloth, heavily stitched with green and red marks that add interest, weight and texture.  Manhy of the marks added over a lengthy period of time were eventually folded into tucks and although the marks are still there, they are hiding.  With my work, I strive to express our emotional and vulnerable inner world.  I believe this is what art does best.I
Canadian Pioneer
122 x 162.5 cm
Reclaimed wool blankets, wool cloth, wool yarns, fulled and hand stitched, 2012
Judy Martin

With this piece I consider what it must have ben like for my female settler ancdestors to come to Canada and make a life.   Inspired by a utilitarian bar quilt from 19th century Ontario,the process and the materials tell a story of survival.

Old blankets were cut and sewn into a vertically striped cloth which was later slashed open.  The circular wound was then mended (and strengthened) with blanket stitch.  Small squares of wool were cut, folded and stitched into a grid to represent the repeated daily chores.  Finally, the whole thing was drowned in water in the washing machine and became transformed into something tougher as it became felted.  Canadian Pioneer was then quilted twice, first to a brown blanket and then to a red wool cloth.  Perserverant, optimistic and courageous, I offer it as a metaphor for the woman pioneers of Canada.  For me, it is a warm flag with a large, open, raw heart that communicates warmth, usefulness, bravery and optimism.

Canada in its early days was a dangerous, cold and lonely place for European women.  There must have been a longing for the more refined life and family left behind.  Yet I believe that those brave women must also have experienced deep wonder at the immensity and the natural raw beauty of Canada.  I feel that they must have looked at the sky a lot.
Beginning with Time
A two sided piece, (Day)
198 x 228.5 cm

Reclaimed wool blankets, wool cloth, silk velvet, locally sourced plant dyes, wool yarns, hand stitch
Judy Martin

Beginning with Time is a response to Canada’s natural grandeur and rawness, specifically the beautiful and powerful rock cuts through Northern Ontario’s Cambrian shield and the tree covered cliffs of the inland fjords found in the Gros Morne area of Newfoundland.

Vertical strips of plant dyed wool are hand stitched to the central area of a dark wool blanket.  I enjoy how the seed stitches function on one side of the blanket to attach the layers of cloth while on the reverse side, a pattern of descending accumulation results.  This makes both sides of the piece the ‘right’ side, each holding time, labour, and human touch. Similar to the repetition found in nature handmade marks are all the same, yet each unique.
I prefer to make art that requires physical involvement by the viewer, either by walking alongside its length or moving around it in order in order to see both sides.  I believe that the intimacy we have with domestic textiles and the tactile nature of cloth has a psychic power.  Touch is the mother of the senses and large spaces filled with subtle small marks distract us just enough to allow for deep contemplation.  
Beginning with Time
A two sided piece, (NIght)
198 x 228.5 cm
Judy Martin

The Perspective From Here:  150 Artists From the North  organized by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
June 22 - September 24 2017

To mark Canada's sesquicentennial, the Thudner Bay Art Gallery mounted an ambitious contemporary art exhibition wth the goal of celebrating and demonstrating the artistic breadth, diversity, and excellence of artists who have called this area home, or still do.  The exhibition offers a glimpse of the recent artistic past and the present, while asking the viewer to imagine the future.  Included are two and three dimensional art in all mediums from ceramics and textiles to paintings and photography.   Three textiles by Judy Martin were chosen to be part of this important exhibition.

Thunder Bay Art Gallery  1080 Keewatin Street, Thunder Bay  807 577 6427

Friday, August 04, 2017

Hard Twist 12: Yarn at Gladstone Hotel

Judy Martin 's ironing board covers are part of this exhibition which opens August 23 and runs until January 7 2018

The opening reception is September 7 2017 at the Gladstone Hotel Queen West Toronto Ontario at 7 pm

here is link to facebook information

see all the pieces in the exhibition flash by