Judy Martin's work is featured in Claire Wellesley-Smith's new book, Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art.
It is published by Batsford and distributed in USA and Canada by Sterling Publishing Company. This beautiful hard covered book can be purchased from your local bookshop or online.
The book explores a slow approach to stitching on cloth. The pleasures to be had from slowing down processes are multiple, with connections to ideas of sustainability, simplicity, reflection and multicultural textile traditions. (from the introduction by the author)
Judy's work is pictured on page 96 and 97 with the accompanying text.
Canadian textile artist Judy Martin uses the idea of daily practice in her monumental work Not To Know But To Go On (the name of the piece taken from the writings of artist Agnes Martin). For three years she used her practice as one might use the daily ritual of writing a diary. The design of the piece refers to her Finnish cultural heritage of rag-rug making (although the piece is stitched not woven). Every day one complete skein of stranded cotton embroidery thread was couched over strips of found fabric from her own collection on to a cotton canvas backing. She says, "Stitching gets me up in the morning. I look forward to spending that quiet time with myself. It's emotional therapy, as I stitch, other things fall into place; the time it takes helps me to be quiet. Inner time goes backwards and forwards. Time is recycled.
Canadian artist Judy Martin worked with over 140 people during the four year Manitoulin Circle Project. Four large 'meditation panels' were created during the project: Earth Ark, Precious Water, Layers of Time and Mended World. Each panel carries the message of environmental appreciation and reparation. The work was largely made from donated and charity-shop materials: damask tablecloths and other domestic textiles, including crocheted doilies, women's handkerchiefs and wool blankets. A theme of re-creation and also of reparation through the remaking of these materials ran through the project. Every week during the four years of the project participants gathered in a church hall to work on the pieces, building community and personal friendships as they slowly created their pieces of work.
Other artists featured in the book include:
as well as the author herself, Claire Wellesley-Smith (her work in progress shown below)
Congratulations Claire Wellesley-Smith on a beautiful addition to the growing library of inspiring books about hand-stitching. I am so pleased to be included and so are the women of the Manitoulin Circle Project. Thank you.