This book is now published and is available in all major bookstores. You can also order the book from this link. Judy Martin is one of the 29 featured artists that author Martha Sielman interviewed so very well. She has the rare gift of being able to hone in on each artist's personal belief system.
As well there are 95 other quilts from artists across the globe including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, japan, latvia, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and of course the USA.
Judy's article begins on page 80. After a brief introduction by Martha Sielman, the text continues in the artist's voice.
Manitoulin Island Ontario Canada
Known for her dense hand stitching, Judy Martin's art explores the process of making. Working in cloth is a form of meditation, as thousands of stitches slowly cover the surface and piece together a new beginning.
Process not product
Making something slowly with one's hands is perhaps on of the most nourishing things a person can do. Creating something from nothing - or better, creating something new from something no longer needed or wanted - is healing for the planet and for us.
|Mended world 2012 94" x 94" |
repurposed linen and cotton damask, silk, cotton, hand pieced, machine pieced, hand quilted, hand embroidered.
Made ith community assistance as part of the Manitoulin Circle Project
Importance of solitude
Groing up in an isolated rural environment has greatly affected my life, my worldview and certainly my work. I grew up on 160 acres in northern Ontario, miles from urban civilization. Isolation is familiar for me and maybe its even necessary. I grew up with my two siblings and a lot of solitude. Summers were spent under the willow trees daydreaming.
Today I choose to live in the country and try to spend most days alone. My ork reflects this choice and often references hat I lie ith here on Manitoulin island: large empty fields of grass, long views over ripples of water toward a calm horizon.
To be continued....in a subsequent post.