Episode 108: The Aesthetic Simplicity of Hand Stitching of with Judy Martin
This week on the podcast LaChaun is speaking with Judy Martin. Judy is a full-time professional textile artist in Ontario, Canada. She uses dye, thread, and cloth as primary materials to produce works through stitching these materials by hand. The process is time-consuming, but the healing meditation inherent in the method gives her the vitality to fulfill her large scale projects. In 2010 Judy began harvesting and processing natural plant dyes from local fields to create her work. Her practice is informed by the aesthetics of simplicity, time, labor, repetition, and the sense of touch. Comment below to keep the conversation going!
Judy Martin's poem book "Not To Know" is available for purchase $10 plus $2 shipping. Interested people should email me if interested in purchasing and I will invoice through paypal. firstname.lastname@example.org
Not To Know But To Go On 13" x 220 feet, 2013, found fabrics couched to artist canvas with cotton embroidery floss. A daily practice for three entire years, the artist used an entire skein of floss for each day. The whirl of time made visible.
Not To Know But To Go On 13" x 220 feet, 2013, artist Judy Martin.
Soft Summer Gone, plant dyed silk quilt, hand quilted with embroidery stitches, 100 inches by 100 inches, winner of two awards for surface design at Quilt National 2017.
All things can be mended , 2019 watercolour with thread on paper.
Be Emptier, 2019 watercolour with thread on paper.
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.
Island Heart, 2019 ,Rayon, silk, rust, harvested local plant-dyes, a few commercial fabrics including my late father's hospital gown, 80" h x 73" w, embroidered with wool yarns and hand quilted with cotton threads .
Bandaged Quilt , Judy Martin.