Friday, April 18, 2014

Precious Water

  Precious Water, 2013, 218h x 218w x 1d cm,   (86" x 86")

 Materials: re-cycled linen damask, commercially embroidered linen, rayon damask, silk, cotton, silk floss, perle cotton #5, heat activated shrinking material, sewing and quilting threads, bamboo batting, backed with linen damask pieced with a cotton panel designed by marimekko. 
 Technique: hand embroidery, heat activated shrinking, reverse appliqué, hand piecework, hand quilting, made with community assistance.  Photo:  Klaus Rossler

Exhibition History

This quilt is part of the Manitoulin Circle Project which took place over four years in Little Current Manitoulin Island under the leadership of Judy Martin.  144 community members took part in hand stitching four large meditation panels.
It went on exhibition as part of the solo exhibition, Mended World.  Organized by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery (catalog)

September 13 - October 27, 2013  Thunder Bay Art Gallery,  Mended World Exhibition
January 19 - March 2, 2014  Art Gallery of Sudbury, Mended World Exhibition

Easter Sunday April 20, 2014,  The four panels are installed in the Little Current United Church for permanent display.

October, 2014:  Espanola United Church.  The five panels are installed for the weekend of the Espanola Fibre Festival in the church's sanctuary.  Judy Martin gave the keynote address for the fibre festival that compared slow hand stitching to an act of social change.
November, 2014:  World of Threads Festival, Oakville, Ontario.  The four large panels are shown in solo exhibition at the festival.
May, 2015:  Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario.  The five panels were installed in solo exhibition.  
October 2015;  The 4 large panels traveled to Gros Morne, Newfoundland for the fibreconference sponsored by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Judy Martin taught a workshop based on the technique and design of the panels.