Thursday, December 31, 2020

Underfoot The Earth Divine

Underfoot The Earth Divine 

rescued damask, tannin and iron natural dyes, velvet, paint, machine pieced, reverse applique,         hand quilted with a variety of threads (cotton, silk, wool)     89" x 89" or 226 cm square

About appreciating the expansiveness of the natural world,

And the simplicity of it.

Overhead the Sun (verso)  

About the divine within nature and within us

And the intimacy of touch.

This then is life,  Here is what has come to the surface after so many throes and convulsions.           How curious!  How real!  Underfoot the divine soil, overhead the sun.            Walt Whitman

Thursday, December 10, 2020

my pandemic summer / My Awakened Heart

This 45 minute lecture was pre-recorded for a presentation to the York Heritage Quilt Guild in Toronto Ontario on October 20, 2020.  Judy and her husband live and work on Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron, Ontario Canada.  Manitoulin has a long history of First Nations settlement.

Manitoulin means Spirit Island in the Ojibwe language.  The island is considered sacred by the native Anishinaabe people who identify as the People of the Three Fires, The Ojibwe, The Odawa and the Potawatomi tribes.  Judy Martin acknowledges this traditional territory and hopes that her work and this talk show her deep respect and graitude.   

To view and listen to Judy Martin's 'My Pandemic Summer' click on this link.  

the softness inside her

The Softness Inside Her

wool, silk-velvet, plant-dyes, cotton and silk thread, slashing with reverse applique, hand embroidery 51.2" h x 39.4" w x 1" d  or 130 x 100 x 2.5 cm

Made during the pandemic summer of 2020.  

Thursday, July 30, 2020

my soft jewel heart

my soft jewel heart
cotton, silk, rayon
machine and hand pieced,
hand quilted, framed in shadow box without glass
28.25 " x 27.25" framed size  2019

Perivale Gallery 2019 season

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Prayer To The Sky

Prayer To The Sky   2019
60" x 64.5"  or 152 x 164 cm
Three layers of wool, dyed with indigo or madder, hand stitched.
 The inner layer of madder-dyed wool is revealed with slashes into the top layer.
Prayer to The Sky side b  2019
three layers of wool, dyed with indigo and madder and hand stitched
the inner layers of madder and indigo tint the transparent back layer of white wool into a dream-like atmosphere.
Prayer to The Sky detail side b 2019

Featured in the Heartwork, Handwork, Homework lecture presented by Miranda Bouchard, Judy Martin and Penny Berens at the SAQA virtual conference held March 2020.

Part of Quilt National 2021, May- September 2021 at the Dairy Barn in Athens Ohio.

Prayer to the Sky hanging in the Dairy Barn, summer of 2021.  This photo sent to me by the Dairy Barn.    Prayer To the Sky sold into private collection July 2021.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Like a Star in My Sky

Like A Star In My Sky 2020
wool, hand stitch
33" square  or 84 cm square
A Star in My Sky detail
A Star in My Sky (reverse side)
Wool and hand stitch  33" square or 84 cm square

April 2020:  Featured in the Toronto Star in article about Visible Mending
May 2020:  Sold through Perivale Gallery, Spring Bay Manitoulin Island and is now in private collection.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

red thread hearts

 red thread hearts 2019, a two sided piece (detail side b above)
red thread hearts side a
sixteen women's handkerchiefs, damask table cloth, cotton and silk threads
hand stitched, 76" x 76" or 193 x 193 cm
the women's handkerchiefs are edged with red thread and then appliqued to 20" of damask
the damask squares are then hand sewn together, each sam is hemmed
The central whirl is made with a running stitch and appears the same on both sides of the fabric
 red thread hearts side b, reverse applique, red cotton thread couched with silk thread
circular motifs made with red thread are protection symbols for the mother in  many world cultures