Large Emptiness Small Marks 2016 silk, cotton, rayon, linen damask fabrics stitched with cotton, silk and metallic threads. 36 pages within a hand stitched taffeta folder, each page is 33 cm x 33 cm.
A portfolio of sketches for large-scale (2.5 m or 90" ) square quilts. Each 33 cm square cloth page is an idea for a larger cloth construction that will be filled with hand stitched marks. A large square grid is formed when all thirty-six sketches are displayed at one time that measures 200 cm x 200 cm.
The squares are each filled with horizontal lines or large circles and are made from layers of lush, calm fabrics. Each page is a complete idea and can be displayed singly or within a larger group. This artwork encourages close physical engagement and considered viewing over time. The slow actions of undoing buttonholes, opening the folder, and lifting each page encourages contemplation. Unconscious memories are unlocked by the sense of touch.
turning the air to cloth 2015
linen, cotton, silk, procion mx dye, block printing ink, cotton and silk threads
batik, block print,completely hand stitched (hand construction, hand embroidery, hand quilting, hand quilting with embroidery
81 inches high, 40 inches wide (detail of hand embroidery shown above)
Birds in flight astound us when, moving in unison, their fleeting crosses darken the sky.
Suddenly they are gone and it's blue eternity again.
Exhibition: In the spirit of Tom Thomson and the Group of seven
July 23 - August 7 2016 at the Perivale Gallery, Spring Bay, Manitoulin Island
Time Passes Over The Earth 2015
silk rayon velvet, plant dyes, bamboo batt, backed with wool gauze, cotton and silk threads
hand pieced and hand quilted
24.5" h x 20'5"w
What it FEELS like to live on Manitoulin Island.
Exhibition Record: My Corner of The World: Canada
opens in May at Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford Ontario and remains on display until mid October. This is a SAQA exhibition (Studio Art Quilt Association).
Michela Fitzsimmons was the sole juror.
Bethany Garner is the co-ordinator. 40 pieces are in the exhibition.
The exhibition will tour Canada, the first venue Thunder Bay Museum, Nov 1, 2016 - Jan 29 2017.
re-claimed wool blanket, wool threads, hand stitch 52 x 361 cm (20 x 142 ")
Made from a re-constructed 90+ year old wool blanket, this cloth holds time and memory. The several threadbare areas evoke the man, woman or child who lay with the blanket and repeatedly pulled it up as a covering. Many of the worn areas are mended with darning stitch by the artist and the edges strengthened with blanket stitch. These areas of recent handwork add another layer of human touch.
Hard Twist 10: Memory
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street W, Toronto M6J 1J6
Red Moon was included in Judy's solo exhibition, Lucky Protection
The northern artist's gallery: artists on Elgin 168 Elgin Street, Sudbury, Ontario
lower two photographs: Nick Dubecki, Sudbury