Thursday, September 20, 2018

fibreworks 2018

earth and air judy martin (detail)
opening september 21 at 7 pm
fibreworks 2018
Cambridge Galleries
Queen's Square, Cambridge Ontario

This is a Biennial exhibition of textile artists from across Canada
Here is a list of the 2018 artists
juried by Melissa Bennett (curator of art gallery of Hamilton) and Meghan Price (Toronto artist)

Ellen Bleiwas (Toronto, ON)
Mitchell Chalifoux (Leduc, AB)
Judy Duggan-McCormack (Hamilton, ON)
Stephanie Fortin (Toronto, ON)
Tricia C Johnson (London, ON) 
Trish Johnson (Toronto, ON)
Helen Liene Dreifelds (Toronto, ON)
Fuzzy Mall (Dundas, ON)
April Martin (Toronto, ON) 
Judy Martin (Sheguiandah, ON)
Colleen McCarten (Toronto, ON)
Robin Muller (Bedford, NS)
Trudy Perks (Barrie, ON)
Elycia SFA (Toronto, ON)
Lois Schklar (Toronto, ON)
St Marie φ Walker (Kitchener, ON)
Svetlana Swinimer (Ottawa, ON)
Negar Tajgardan (Saskatoon, SK)
above - a detail of I Lived On Air, my daughter April's journal in cloth of her year of artist residencies. 
She had to move so many times, and each of the different arrangements of striped cloth represent the variety of beds she slept in during 2017.  So pleased that April and I are both in this important exhibition.  I think that is pretty exciting.

Fibreworks 2018 runs from September 15 until November 4

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Perivale Gallery closing September 16

Love Meditation
Growing is What Life is For
hand made paper, type-written text
mounted on linen, framed behind glass

The Perivale Gallery will be closing September 16, 2018.
Judy Martin's Love Meditations and the Bidwell Quilt are still on view until September 11.
Perivale Gallery  sprijng Bay Manitoulin Island

Bidwell detail

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

my corner of the world

Judy Martin's plant dyed velvet piece
Time Passes Over The Earth

is on display with the SAQA exhibition, My Corner of the World at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte Ontario until September 22, 2018.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Not To Know But To Go On - the booklet available

To order Judy Martin's booklet
Not To Know But To Go On: a poem about time
contact her through email (see profile)
and give your mailing address.
The price of the booklet is $10 plus $2 postage
(these are daughter April's ceramics)

Monday, July 23, 2018

In The Spirit of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven

The temporary exhibition In The Spirit of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven opens at the Perivale Gallery July 21 and runs every day through August 5 2018.

Judy Martin's quilt Bidwell is part of this exhibition (detail above).
An image of the full quilt is shown at Judy's New Work  , click here.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cloth of Time Opens in Halifax at Mary E Black Gallery, Halifax Nova Scotia July 12 2018

Not To Know But To Go On, stitched textile Judy Martin hangs from the ceiling in centre of gallery space.
 Cloud of Time, stitched textile by Judy Martin hangs from the ceiling in the window of the gallery. 
The Sun, The Moon, And Also The Stars by Judy Martin are also suspended and hang in front of the left wall in above photo
I love to stitch by hand.
I need to do it every day, or I do not feel settled.
I stitch for an hour or two every  morning before breakfast as a way of preparing my inner self for the rest of the day.
I schedule appointments for the afternoon so that they do not interrupt this quiet time with my self.
Daily Scratchings by Penny Berens hangs on right wall in above photo
I think a lot about love and things spiritual.
The tactility of those marks made with thread help me to communicate my ideas.
The gentle bumps of thread in cloth beg to be touched, even when we are in an art gallery where touching is not allowed, yet we still know how pleasurable the simple repeated stitches will feel under our caressing fingers.
Penny Berens and Judy Martin at the opening of Cloth of Time, July 12 2018
Touch has been called the mother of the senses,
because it is able to reach each of us on a more emotional level than the sense of sight.
Stone Pathways (left wall) and Cris Cross (right wall) both by Penny Berens
The largest piece in the exhibition, Not To Know But To Go On, addresses mortality and the relentless rhythm of time.  Fabrics that I've saved for years were couched onto artist's canvas with an entire skein of cotton embroidery floss each day, for three years.
Inspired by the Finnish rugs of my heritage and the writing of Agnes Martin, this piece makes the whirl of time visible.
Cloud of Time  by Judy Martin encourages light to shine through, like a cloud  
The large wall piece, Cloud of Time,  although created with the same techniques as the sculpture, has colours that are limited to that of a cloud filled sky and is not a journal, but a document of one year of time.
The Sun, The Moon, And Also The Stars, three hand stitched drawings on felt by Judy martin
The Sun, The Moon, And Also The Stars, are three smaller wall pieces that evolved through the practice of creating small daily collages.  Plant dyed velvet and other fabrics were stitched into individual designs on backings of wool felt.  These were then stitched together.  When I ran out of felt, I turned the pieces over and drew onto them with black thread stitched marks.
Susan Charles, director-durator of the Mary E Black gallery spoke at the opening reception
I think that the main reason I make things with cloth and thread is that the process heals me.
Creating something that was not here before gives me a sense of well-being.
Also, I consider my stitched pieces to be poems as much as they are drawings or sculptures, but I'll talk about that another time.
Judy Martin 2018

The exhibition continues until August 26, 2018
Mary E Black Gallery, Halifax Nova Scotia

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Thunder Bay Art Gallery Fund Raising Auction

Friday June 8, 2018
6:45 - 11 pm

Love Meditation: Moon and Time
indigo, wool, cotton, stitch resist, hand stitch,
19 inches framed   2018 by Judy Martin

This piece is part of the live auction
Thunder Bay Art Gallery