Judy Martin stitches from her heart. She holds an HBFA (chancellor’s medal) from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, and a BA in Embroidered Textiles from Middlesex University in London England. Recent solo exhibitions of her large tactile drawings include Mended World, organized by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in 2013 and The Cloud in Me at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto in 2017. Her work is published in several books including Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art by Claire Wellseley Smith, Art Quilts International: Abstract and Geometric by Martha Sielman and Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation edited by Sandra Sider. Judy Martin has exhibited internationally in the USA, Europe and Japan as well as across Canada. Her award-winning work is included in several private and public collections. “I use the aesthetics of simplicity, time, labour, and repetition in combination with the sense of touch. My inner cloud of immensity and the rush of everyday life both become stitched into the fabrics in my lap over lengthy periods of time.”



Soft Summer Gone
Silk, silk and wool threads, plant dyes, embroidery-quilting by hand, 254 H x 254 W(cm), 2016

Longing Cloth
Velvet, vintage table linen, indigo dye, cotton thread, reverse applique, hand quilting, 240H x 66W(cm), 2017

Longing Cloth reverse side
Wool, procion dye, hand quilting, slashing, 240H x 66W(cm), 2017

My Open Heart
Wool, silk, plant dyes, silk and wool threads, reverse applique, hand stitch 147H x 123W(cm), 2017

Cotton, linen, cotton threads, hand and machine piecing, reverse applique, hand embroidery, hand quilting
169H x 135W(cm), 2017

Bidwell (detail)
Cotton, cotton threads, french knot embroidery, hand quilting, 169H x 135W (cm) (of full quilt), 2017

The Cloud In Me
Cotton, silk, velvet, plant dyes, reverse applique, hand embroidery, hand quilting, 152H x 175W(cm), 2017

The Cloud In Me (detail)
Cotton, velvet, plant dyes, hand embroidery, hand quilting, 152H x 175W (cm) (of full quilt), 2017

Earth and Air
Wool, linen damask, plant dyes, cotton and wool and silk threads, machine and hand construction, hand quilting
238H x 208W, 2017

Not To Know But To Go On
Variety of fabrics, 1095 skeins of cotton floss, artist canvas, cotton tape
570H x 33W (cm), 2018 new installation (2010-2013 journal)

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