Saturday, February 15, 2014
February 14 - March 25, 2014
Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands Public Library
50 Meredith Street, Little Current
705 368 2444
February 15 10 am - 3 pm. OPEN HOUSE
Come and meet the artist and have some Finnish coffee bread.
The paintings and prints in this exhibit date between 1981 and 2005 and give context to Judy's long career.
Judy Martin and her husband live on Manitoulin Island.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Cloth is fluid. The blanket piece above covers an unwieldy display area. The fluidity of the cloth softens the hard edges in this white room.
It is human nature to stop and gaze at a full moon. No matter how many times we see it, the moon is always wonderful, always a miracle, floating there in the huge sky. We stare at it. We go into ourselves.
I think of the constancy of the moon and of women from earlier times looking at the full moon with the same emotional response that I have. With the same reverence.
The heart responds with ancient memories of cloth. Of being wrapped as a new baby, of pulling a sweater over our heads, of doing up buttons on a wool coat.
All images are of original sewn art by Judy Martin, on display in the exhibition entitled Lucky Protection that is the featured art display at Artists on Elgin, 168 Elgin Street, Sudbury, Ontario for the month of February 2014. 705 674 0415
The text is from the artist's talk on February 1.
The gallery made a video that documents the entire exhibit.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Ontario Craft Council chooses Canadian Pioneer for booth display at the Interior Design Show in Toronto
Interior Design Show in Toronto January 23 - 26 2014 to the booth of the Ontario Craft Council.
The craft council is using the following biography of the artist, Judy Martin in their display.
Judy Martin and her husband reside on Lake Huron’s Manitoulin Island, a relatively isolated place typical of the peaceful beauty she has sought her entire life. This self-imposed retreat has a marked effect on Martin’s work, which is grounded in the phenomenological idea that the sense of touch is the most effective way to connect emotionally with others. Her repetitive stitches communicate directly to our inner world.
Judy Martin has participated in more than one hundred group shows in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Japan and she has mounted twenty-four solo exhibitions. The Finnish characteristic, sisu, (courage, optimism, indomitable will) sets Judy Martin’s work apart.
Monday, January 20, 2014
How to stop it? Catch it?
How to slow it down?
How to make it visible - sometimes time whirls by so quickly , we don't even notice
How to remember it?
How to honour it.
This exhibition is connected by time.
There are two floors, and each floor represents four years of time. They actually represent the same four years. The upper floor is me, going through the four years day by day, living a quiet life out there by the lake, or traveling to see my children marry. All that whirl of time is contained with the slowest way of making a mark. Hand stitch.
Time time time
Touch touch touc.
On this floor is the work of the Manitoulin Circle Proejct. although the intent of these panels was not to mark out four years of visible time, that is what happened.
Every Thursday, for four years between October 2009 and August 2013, a group of us met in the United Church Hall in Little Current and hand stitched these pieces together. That's over 200 Thursdays.
That time commitment alone is amazing. Altogether, 144 different individuals put their hands into the work of this project, and that is also amazing. Most of those were visitors - people who would come out once or twice to see what was going on and add a few stitches. There were about thirty who I would have to say were regulars, and I see many of them here today. Thank you for coming.
We had a kind of mantra. "We're not fast - but we're slow"
These panels were hand stitched. That is a very quiet way of making art. It is a very slow way of making art. Stitching uses the body's gesture. It uses the sense of touch.
These panels wer emade with textiles from past times. Used linen table cloths, woolen blankets, lace doilies in combination with new silk and new threads. All the materials were donated.
Like Noah's ark, all of these panels are about saving. They take the reparation of the earth as their subject. They use recycled cloth and are made by hand, slowly and carefully. Many individuals came together to make them for the wider community of Manitoulin. What we have made will outlast us. These are for the future, heirlooms. Life affirming meditation panels.
The titles of the four panels are Earth Ark, Precious Water, Layers of Time and Mended World.
We signed in each Thursday. Showing the book with the first 89 signatures, and reading the journal entry about feeling as if I belonged to the community. Like in Babar the elephant king's well planned cities. Reading from October 2010.
There are several of my ladies here today. Please come up with me to the front.
For a review by the Manitoulin Expositor about the opening of Mended World....click here.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Your first improvisational quilt.
Mentorship with Judy Martin
Began in earnest on Friday, January 10.
The young women involved (mostly moms) are beginning quilters. They have chosen that their first project should be a joint quilt. On this first session we learned the importance of a design wall and practiced using the rotary cutter. Judy Martin is acting as an adviser only, through email and occasional sessions in her studio. The first meeting was very inspirational for all concerned. The blocks above were created by Gloria, Sally, Heather, and Mariana. The yellow and white quilt is by Judy, and was used as a design wall.