Monday, April 29, 2019

red catalogne

Red Catalogne
48" square when draped, 48 x 60" when extended
jounral paper, vintage damask table cloth, red cotton threads, hand stitching (couching)

The paper is stitched in horizontal rows, similar to the woven strips of used clothing in the French Canadian bed covers called catalognes.  Strips cut from journal pages filled with dreams, lists, thoughts, and phone call doodles were couched to a linen table cloth and form a safety blanket for the interior world.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

EARTH (Fields of Brown Grass / Help me to Balance)

Fields of Brown Grass
Cotton  flannel, plant dyes, red button thread
90 inches x 66 inches, hand quilted
A two sided quilt.
The middle layer of this quilt is a pre-used cotton flannel sheet.
Help Me to Balance
Pre-used cotton flannel blanket, pre-used cotton hand towel, red button thread
90" x 66"  hand quilted
Premiers at the Toronto Design Festival 2019
Part of the Housewarming exhibition at the Craft Ontario gallery, 1106 Queen West
January 19 - March 2 2019 

Monday, July 23, 2018


measurements:  66.5 inches high x 53 inches wide  (169 x 135 cm)
An original design inspired by the rural emptiness of the fields and sky of the artist's childhood and current daily surroundings.   The drawing (above) done with French knots refers to the blackbirds that circle over the quiet roads.  Bidwell Road connects Eastern Manitoulin to the centre of the Island.
Materials:  Cotton with bamboo batt
Techniques include pieced half square triangles, reverse applique, tucks, and hand embroidery.
Quilted by hand.

Exhibition Record:

October2017: The Cloud in Me exhibition, David Kaye Gallery,  Toronto
July 2018:  In the Spirit of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven,
                   Perivale Gallery, Manitoulin island.
October and November 2018:  Be Emptier, solo exhibition
                   World of Threads Festival, Oakville Ontario
April 2019:  Beauty, Emotion, Spirit, Soul, solo exhibition at One Sky Gallery, Sudbury Ontario

available for purchase: please contact One Sky

Thursday, May 10, 2018

love meditations

Love Yourself

cotton, stitch, mounted on linen, framed behind glass
48.5 cm h x 48.5 cm w  (19 inches square)
I will always carry you

indigo dye, silk, cotton, stitch, mounted on linen, framed behind glass
48.5 cm h x 48.5 cm w (19" square)
Growing is what Life is For

hand made paper, type writer ink, stitch, mounted on linen, framed behind glass
48.5 cm h x 48.5 cm w  (19" square)
Your Vulnerability Connects you to the Rest of Our Suffering World

antique shattered silk, stitch, mounted on linen, framed behind glass
48.5 cm x 48.5 cm   (19" square)


2018   All four of the Love Meditations
          the Perivale Gallery, Manitoulin Island during the summer season

2018  Love Yourself and Your Vulnerability Connects You
          The David Kaye Gallery, Toronto

2019  April 5 - 30
          the four Love Meditations are included in the one-person exhibition
          beauty, emotion, spirit, soul 
          One Sky Gallery, Sudbury Ontario
          Love Yourself and I Will Always Carry You are refreshed for 2019 with more stitch


Thursday, March 8, 2018

my open heart

My Open Heart  2017
58 inches wide by 48.5 inches high or 147 cm x 123 cm
wool with plant dyed silk, silk and wool threads, hand stitched
The circle in a square represents the inner self.  (Carl Jung)

Be sparser

Be emptier
I use a lengthy amount of time and touch

they are gifts for my viewer


2017:  The Cloud in Me,  David Kaye Gallery Toronto Ontario solo exhibition
2018:  Be Emptier, World of Threads Festival, Oakville Ontario, solo exhibition
2019:  Beauty, Emotion, Spirit, Soul, One Sky Gallery, Sudbury Ontario, solo exhibition
2019:  sold into private collection through Guildworks in Bloomfield Ontario

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Cloud In Me

The Cloud In Me
2017  organic cotton and woman's handkerchief, silk and silk-velvet reverse applique, couching and stem stitch embroidery with silk thread, hand quilted with cotton thread, bamboo batt, linen backing
60" high and 69" wide

Exhibition record:

2017:  solo exhibition the Cloud In Me at the David Kaye gallery in Toronto
2018:  solo exhibition be emptier at the World of Threads Festival, Oakville Ontario
2019:  available through Guildworks in Bloomfield Ontario

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Earth and Air

Earth and Air   2017  plant dyed wool, linen damask, machine and hand constructed, hand stitched
94 inches high x 82 inches wide  (238 cm h x 208 cm w) 

Exhibition record;

a key piece for Judy's solo exhibition "The Cloud In Me" at David Kaye Gallery in the Queen West area of Toronto, month of Ocrtober 2017.
included in Fibreworks at the  Queen Square Gallery in Cambridge, Ontario, until November 4 2018

Earth and Air is available for purchase: contact David Kaye Gallery.