Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Keynote Address, Espanola fibre festival

detail, Layers of Time  The fourth panel of the Manitoulin community circle project.  Materials:  re-cycled wool blanket, recycled lace doilies, linen damask, beads, french knots, cross stitch, back stitch, eyelet stitch, all by hand, completely constructed with hand stitch and quilted by hand.  Judith e Martin and community, 2013.
Earth Ark (left ) and Precious Water (right) installed in the Espanola United Church for the Espanola fibre festival
I’d like to speak tonight about the process of making .  I want to state my belief that making something slowly with one’s hands is perhaps one of the most nourishing things one can do.  Creating something from nothing – or better, creating something new from something no longer needed or wanted is healing for the planet and for us.   

The panels of the Manitoulin Circle project are now finished objects.  It seems that every few months they are invited ‘out’ and the women who made them and I are given a chance to re-visit them.  We re-consider them.  We reflect.  
The Marimekko secret back of Earth Ark in foreground, Layers of Time in background
These panels are different than my personal work.  They are larger.  They are more.  More hands, more touch, more laughter, more conversations, more personal trauma, more catching up on books or television series.  The process of making them is held within them, and is why the finished products seem so important.

I’m a dyer and I'm learning about local Manitoulin plant dyes.  I'm a stitcher and am attracted to work that is not only large in measurements, but also in length of time.  I like it when I can’t see the end of a project, and when I can’t touch the edges.   My work is about the  process of making it. 
Two women thinkers I’d like to remark on tonight.  The first is Sue Bender, author of a book called Plain and Simple, a woman’s journey to the Amish.  She lived with an Amish family for 6 months, and noted that the women treated everything they did as if it was a ritual.  Whether breakfast for the family or a stunning jewel toned quilt – everything was given respect.  Art making is connected to daily life. 
The second woman is a British metal smith who writes and thinks about slow craft as social change.  Her name is Helen Carnac.  Helen Carnac calls making things by hand and experiencing the nourishment that comes from creating for its own sake rather than for commercial purposes   a  social revolution‘.   I haven’t used those words before about hand work and am struck by them.
Marimekko secret back of Precious Water (foreground) and Mended World (background)
One week ago Friday Thanksgiving weekend, I was stitching by the fireplace.  It was raining outside.  I realized something.  I realized that ALL I really want to do is stitch.  All I want to do is hold cloth and mark it.  I love it so much.   I’ve been pretty busy with the career side of my work in the last month  - speaking about it, writing about it, promoting it on facebook, receiving awards for it, shipping it to exhibitions, getting it into urban commercial galleries so that more people can see it, perhaps buy it,  but in reality, that all comes second for me.  I just want to DO the work.   I just want to stitch.  The career stuff won’t be there anyway if the work didn't come first.  The work needs to be done, not just for itself, but for me.  For my emotional health.  I need to do it.  It’s who I am.  Last week on that rainy evening by the fire I stitched and realized that the process of the making is as important as the end result. 

The nice  thing about textile art is that it is possible for others to see the process.  It’s not as mystical as some other art media.  The process is evident.  The hand’s gesture is evident.  So go with that.  Take pleasure in what you do.  
Mended World, (left), Trinity (centre) and Layers of Time (right) installed in the Espanola United Church for the fibre festival.  Also notice the book of hands open on a table in near left of photo
My passion has always been stitch.  I've stitched nearly every day since I was about 8.  Stitching is a life-long love affair.  As I get older I worry less and less about making a product that others might like, and more and more about spending what time I have left to dye and stitch on a large scale.  I will be teaching the techniques of the project in Newfoundland next October, and have started to prepare for that.  It’s really challenging to fit four years of slow making and a life time of inspiration into a three day workshop that people will actually pay the craft council  of Newfoundland to take.  The prep is taking quite a bit of time but perhaps it’s like writing this speech.  Both make me look at the circle project again.   Re-considering how the panels went together and what the project meant is helping me to think through what and how I want my life to be like.  Artful.

I am ambitious and have the dream to be recognized for my stitching but it’s way too easy to let the career advancement become more important than doing the work.  Doing the work is the most important thing.  Take great pleasure in the doing.  Slow down, breathe, stitch, dye, knit or felt, whatever it is that you do, do it with respect.  Honour the experience. This is my motherly advice tonight.  

The above text is just part of Judith e Martin's keynote address to the Espanola Fibre Festival.  If you want to read the entire lecture, email Judy and make a request.
One of the nicest things that happened that evening was that several of the participants spoke spontaneously about their experience stitching with Judy. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Toronto representation: David Kaye Gallery

paradise meditation I,  2012
Judith e Martin is now represented by the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto.
 paradise meditation II, 2012
The four pieces in this post can be seen at the David Kaye Gallery and are available for purchase.
time dream memory: time 2014
Martin is also represented by the Perivale Gallery on Manitoulin Island during the summer months.
time dream memory: dream  2014
Please contact David Kaye gallery if interested in more information about one of these four pieces.

1092 Queen Street West
(entrance on Dovercourt)
Toronto, ON M6J 1H9

Sunday, October 26, 2014

October Awards

 Judith e Martin was awarded the Mary Robertson Textile Scholarship at the recent Craft Ontario awards ceremony in Toronto, October 9, 2014.  Above, Judy is shown accepting the award from executive director, Emma Quinn.
Martin also won an award for Yin Yin, pictured above, in the Quilt Visions: The Sky's The Limit exhibition in San Diego California, USA.  This occurred at the opening ceremony of that exhibition on October 11, 2014.  
Yin Yin was awarded The Friends of Fiber Art International Award as the quilt that most reflects the universality of artistic expression.  Since its founding in 1991 FFAI has supported programs and exhibitions that educate and inspire the art collecting public about the virtues of contemporary fiber art.
Congratulations Judy!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

MFAA members exhibition at Centennial Museum

Time, Dream, Memory:  Mother   2014, van dyke print on hand made paper, vintage lace, vintage wool blanket, vintage wooden frame, silk threads, hand stitched, Judith e Martin
The Manitoulin Fine Arts Association members exhibition opens Saturday September 27, 2 pm - 4 pm.  The exhibit runs through until October 17, 2014.
Vulnerable 2008 wax, ink, sequins on paper, Judith e Martin
 The location is the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah, Manitoulin Island.  The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 during the fall.
Time, Dream, Memory:  Memory  2014  van dyke print on hand made paper, vintage wool blanket, silk threads, hand stitch, Judith e Martin
Judith e Martin is showing these three pieces in the MFAA members exhibition.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Stitches Across Time opens September 12 2014

The  national juried exhibition, Stitches Across Time, opens Friday September 12, 2014 at the Dufferin County Museum.
Judith e Martin was one of the jurors.  The other two jurors were Dorie Millerson and Judith Tinkl.
Jurors were invited to exhibit one piece each in the show, and Duet (shown here) is the piece that Martin will be showing.  Hand Stitching on previously worked vintage table linen.
Artists were challenged to respond in a contemporary way to one of six textile pieces in the museum's permanent collection.    Images of the inspirational works can be seen at this link.

Here is a list of artist that will have work included this year.  Awards will be announced at the opening.  7 pm,  September 12, at the Dufferin county museum.   The show will continue until November 9, 2014

Zelie Burke
Victoria Carley
Elizabeth Evans
Jane Fournie
Marion Gallaugher
Bonnie Glass
Linda Horner
Jennifer James
Minda Johnson
Valerie Knapp
Mary Kroetsch
Lilian Kruip
Deborah Livingston-Lowe
Elena Losseva
Casey Loucks
Josette Luyckx
Manuela Marhsall
Peggy Mersereau
Rosemary Molesworth
Trish Nicholson
Jennifer Osborn
Melanie Siegel
Jennifer Smith-Windsor
Evelyn Ward de Roo
Catharine Wilson

Sorrow and Loss by Victoria Carley, Best of Show award
Dufferin County Museum
936029 Airport Road
Mulmur Ontario
1 877 941 7787
for more info about the gallery and a map detailing where it is.  click here.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

BOOKS: 500 traditional quilts, 1000 artisan textiles

Something More Magical Than It Ever Was  90" x 90"   1991    page 228
Flesh and Blood  90" x 90"  2003   page 361
The top two images in this post are of  two of Judith e Martin's quilts that have just been published (2014)  in the new Lark book, 500 Traditional Quilts.  They were selected by Karey Patterson Breshenhan.

The next three quilts were published in 1000 Artisan Textiles which was published by Quarry Books  in 2010.  They were selected by Sandra Salamony and Gina M. Brown..
Twenty Four Hour Care  72" x 72"  2010       page 292
Husband and Wife  64" x 92"  2004   page 293
Emily Carr Visited Me  27" x 73"  2005    page 296

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Heritage Alive

Manitoulin Barn (1)  April Martin 2014
Ceramic with earthenware glaze
slab construction, kiln fired

Manitoulin Barn (2) April Martin 2014
Ceramic with earthenware glaze
slab construction, kiln fired
Manitoulin Barn 3 (April Martin 2014
Ceramic with earthenware glaze
slab construction, kiln fired
Manitoulin Barn (1detail) April Martin 2014
Ceramic with earthenware glaze
slab construction, kiln fired

Heritage Alive is a judged exhibition of local art held every year in the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah, Manitoulin Island.   Judith e Martin was one of the judges this year.  The other judge was Joyce Young.  The curator, Heidi Ferguson, stepped in to judge mixed media along with Joyce (Judith declared conflict) and photography along with Judith (Joyce declared conflict).  The museum staff chose the Heritage award.  All other awards were decided by Joyce and Judy.

Two of April's three barns were entered into exhibition.  (#2 and #3 above) They both won awards, see below for complete list.

The 21st Heritage Alive opens to the public Thursday July 31 at 7 pm. Awards will be announced, refreshments will be served.  It is a good exhibition, containing pastel, acrylic, watercolour, and oil paintings, as well as beautiful photographs of the area.   Most of the items are for sale.  The exhibit remains open until August 30.
Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah  
Monday- Wednesday- 9:00-4:30
  Telephone: 705 368 2367

Update August 2:

Best of Show - Sue Lampinen for Ten Mile Point View
Best pastel - Sue Lampinen for Ten Mile Point View
Best acrylic - Gail Meehan for Dancing Flowers
Best watercolour - Pauline Tofflemire for Frosty Morning
Best oil - Patti Johnstone for Weather Worn
Best photograph -  Claire Lefebvre for Model T Ford
Best pencil drawing - Paulette Soganich for Mr. Finch's Barn
Best mixed media - April Martin for Manitoulin Barn 2
Best youth - Quintin McGregor for Snow Shadow Express
Best first time exhibitor - Judith Kenigson for Horsehair Pot
Curator's choice - Paulette Stewart for Grace Lake
Staff Favourite - Beth Bouffard for Bagel Breakfast al fresco

Heritage award - April Martin for Manitoulin Barn 3