Sunday, January 31, 2016

stitch collage workshop

Judy Martin taught a Stitch Collage at the library in Little Current, Manitoulin Island on Wednesday January 13.  All materials were provided, including vintage photo frames and plant dyed wool fabrics.  Most of the participants chose to work with raw edges rather than turned under.


Working with fabric collage makes it easier to work abstractly.
Judy Martin
Maureen Armstrong
Judy Kift
Waiting for more photos of finished collages and shall post them here.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

stitch collage workshop

Wednesday January 13, 9 am - 4 pm.
Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands public Library,   Little Current, Manitoulin Island
free one day workshop for seniors

register at the library  50 Meridith Street West
705 368 2444
all supplies included

Friday, November 20, 2015

Nouveau Louvre

How To Live Series:  Be Born   block print,needle prick, Judy Martin 


Hundreds of piece sof artwork fromlocal and out of town artists will be on sale during the 2015 edition of the nouveau louvre.

November 21 - December 23 2015
Galerie Du Nouvel-Ontario
Sudbury Ontario Canada
How To Live:  Survive Love and Loss    Block print, needle prick by Judy Martin 
Each year, the GNO invites artists to show their work and put it up for sale at the nouveau louvre. All works of art are for sale at single price of $200 each.  As the artist-run centre's most important fundraising activity, the profits are shared between the artist ($125 and the GNO ($75).  It is an ideal opportunity to acquire an original work of art while supporting the GNO and Northern Ontario artists.

Opening at the GNO  Saturday November 21 at 2 pm.
It is possible to purchase art over the phone or through email.  Click gno-org and scroll down to see some of the other art available.

Friday, November 13, 2015

slow stitch continues

Slow Stitch continues every Thursday between 1 - 4 pm at the United Church Hall in Little Current, Manitoulin Island.  Currently, there is no common project.  We are just bringing our own stitching and connecting with each other.

Judy Martin leads the group when she can.

When Judy is not able to be at Slow Stitch, one of the group opens the meeting place.

This post shows the variety in the work brought in between September and November 2015.
 Karen finished her moon piece.
 Maureen visited Scotland over the summer and purchased this plaid fabric.
Siska has several projects under way.  Above, she uses fabrics that she has woven together in combination with crochet, cheese cloth, eyelet stitch (detail)
Siska's project b is a watery table runner for her wooden canoe.
Jocelyne made a kantha from dyed fabrics over the summer
Jocelyne also has several projects.  Above is one of her pieces that uses domestic cloth.  It's hard to tell from this photo, but there are two embroideries of a tree, one of them on sheer fabric overlay.
 Jackie put quilt blocks appliqued when she was a teen together with modern fabrics.

 Sally uses silk that she has dyed with plants and prefers raw edge applique
Judy is making a small picture inspired by a 1796 Swedish folk embroidery

Join us on Thursdays if you are in the area.
The United Church Hall is on Robinson street, down town Little Current, Manitoulin Island Ontario.
Email Judy Martin if you have a question about attendance.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Quilts=Art=Quilts 2015

Lake was juried into Quilts=Art=Quilts.
This is an annual exhibition of art quilts held at the Schweinfurth memorial Art Centre in Auburn, New York.  The jurors this time were Mary Anne Jordon, critic and professor at the Kansas City Art Institute and critic, Linda Colsh quilt artist from Belgium and Cynthia Corbin, quilt artist from Washington state.
The exhibition is open to the public October 31 2015 until January 3, 2016.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder exhibition in Woody Point, Newfoundland

from left to right, I Dream of Wild Places by Rachel Ryan, Coyote felted sound mask by Jennifer Galliott, Spora, a wall mounted sculpture by Barb Daniell and Beginning with Time by Judy Martin (side view)
I imagined plant spores as terrestrial asteroids, colonizing new environments"  Barb Daniell
Beginning With Time: reclaimed wool blanket, wool cloth, plant dye, wool thread 78 x 90 inches by Judy Martin


"I want to create immense areas of emptiness filled with repetitive small marks, like the cliff faces in Gros Morne"  Judy Martin


Gloria Hickey at the closing reception of the exhibition.  Gloria gave a walk through, sharing personal anecdotes of the process of curating this innovative exhibition.  Background, Barb Daniell's Spora, foreground, Jennifer Galliott's Coyote.
"In an increasingly urbanized and technologically advanced society, wilderness may well be our most rare and precious resource.  Pristine wilderness cannot be manufactured.  Wilderness is as the heart of Gros Morne and the challenge for this exhibition was for the artists to bring the wild into the heart of their art"  (from the curatorial statement)
Foot Rest of the Earth: Serpantine periodotitte and Cushioned from the Past: Lichen Encrusted Granite, both by Linda Hope Ponting.  Wool yarn, knitted, woven, felted and needle felted.  These are the size of boulders, the top one 38 x 20 x 6 inches, the lower one 34 x 28 x 20 inches.
Rosalind Ford, with one of her two suspended elder ducks.  Fracked, screen printed cotton, embroidery and plasti-dip. 
"The proposed fracking activity presents a large undetermined threat to the birds in the area." Rosalind Ford
Into the Boreal by Shoshanna Wingate   ecoprints on fabric, stitched and embroidered.  Birch, alder, larch leaves, raw silk, original poems.
poet and artist Shoshanna Wingate
poem by Shoshanna Wingate inspired by birch leaves
"Engagement with the natural environment is a foundation for my own work and I hope to find a new way to expand tradition." Shoshanna Wingate
Beginning of Time by Judy Martin, seen from reverse side.  Both sides are the right side.
The Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder exhibition closed on October 18, 2015.  It had hung all summer (from May until October) in the Woody Point Discovery Centre in Gros Morne National Park.  The Discovery Centre was visited by 25,000 people.  Each of the pieces was created especially for this exhibition.  The co-curators were Gloria Hickey and Philippa Jones, the sponsors of the exhibition were the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador and Parks Canada.  View or download the catalog of the exhibition.  There is also a curatorial essay available , click here to read it.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Meditation Panel Workshop Gros Morne, Newfoundland october 16-17-18 2015

Judy Martin is teaching Meditation Panels at Fibre Arts Newfoundland.
The three days are packed.
Day one:
bead stitch and introductions
looking  at the Manitoulin meditation panels
reverse applique
digital presentation of the archetypes
drawing
stitch and flip foundations

Day two:
show and tell of participant's work
eyelet stitch, stem stitch
digital presentation on how the meditation panels were constructed
making visualization foundations
quiet work
presentation of texture magic
hand stitching practice
Judy Martin showing her french knot sample in Newfoundland
Day three
more hand stitch practice
digital presentation on stitch
covering large areas with piecework
using the design wall
quiet work, quiet work
digital presentation of the instructor's own work
critique and plan what will happen next with your work