Friday, April 18, 2014

Mended World

       Mended World, 2012, 240h x 240w x 1d cm,  (94" x 94")

      Materials: re-cycled linen and cotton damask, new silk, light weight cotton, sewing and quilting thread, linen yarn, bamboo batting, backed with linen damask pieced with cotton dsigned by marimekko, 
      Technique: hand piecing using foundation cloth, machine piecing, hand quilting, hand embroidery/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 was installed June 2012 in the Little Current United Church, Manitoulin Island
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, part of the 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.

November 2017  Mended World panel travels to International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas USA for invited special exhibition, Masterworks: Abstract and Geometrics.  This exhibition features one quilt from each of the 29 featured artists in Martha Sielman's new book (2016)  Art Quilts International: Abstract and Geometric.  published by Schiffer.  This exhibition is expected to tour until 2020, traveling through the states and also going to Japan and Europe.