Judith e Martin

Judy Martin lives and works on Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron, central Canada.  She holds a first class honours degree in Embroidered Textiles from Middlesex University in the UK and maintains a popular blog, Judy’s Journal.
She creates large scale, hand stitched artwork from found and re-purposed cloth.  
Judy's newest exhibition is The Cloud In Me, currently showing at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto for the month of Oct 2017.

  Her large scale silk quilt, Soft Summer Gone won two awards in Surface Design at Quilt National 2017.  It is 100 inches square, dyed with locally sourced plants and hand quilted with embroidery, and begins an international tour in fall 2017. 
Also touring internationally are Judy's Mended World quilt made with community assistance as part of the Manitoulin Circle Project (in Masterworks: Abstract and Geometric curated by Martha Sielman) and Time Passes Over The Earth in the SAQA exhibition, My Corner of the World. 

view Judy's Craft Ontario portfolio

Read Martha Sielman's article about Judy

View the Quilt National 2017 you tube video of Judy 

2012  First Class Honours, BA Embroidered Textiles, Middlesex U, London England
1994  Honours BFA, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Canada, Chancellor’s Medal

Coming up

November 2017  Masterworks: Art Quilts International exhibition in Houston texas at the Quilt Festival.  Mended World, one of the Manitoulin Circle Project quilts is included in this exhibit. which will tour until 2020.

2018  50 year history of the art quilt book - Judy Martin to be included in this important book.  produced by SAQA

2018  Cloth of Time, Penny Berens and Judy Martin  a two person exhibition at Mary E Black Gallery, Halifax Nova Scotia.  

2018  Intervention at the Museum - Judy Martin in the Gore Bay Museum with her textile responses to the artifacts and old jail part of the building. Invited by curator, Nicole Weppler. 

2021  Group exhibition organized by Susan Avishai, textile artists who work with reclaimed domestic textiles or used clothing.  Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte Ontario

2021  Two person exhibition with Penny Berens of Nova Scotia - plant dyed and hand stitched work.  Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte Ontario

Selected Recent Solo Exhibitions

The Cloud In Me    David Kaye Gallery, Toronto Ontario Canada until October 29, 2017

Mended World       Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario  

Mended World        Art Gallery of Sudbury 
                                                                       video of Judy's artist talk at the opening reception
Lucky Protection    Northern Artist Gallery in Sudbury, Ontario
Family Paintings    Northeastern Manitoulin public Library, Little Current, Ontario
Mended World, touring exhibition with catalogue
                              Thunder Bay Art Gallery  Thunder Bay, Ontario 
Be Safe, My Love   Greenwood Quilt Gallery, Guelph, Ontario Canada       
Like the Moon         Cornerstone Fine Craft, Kingston
Red Thread            Gore Bay Heritage Museum, Gore Bay

Protection Blankets    Preston Gallery Cambridge     
Millennium Journal      Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte 

Millennium Journal      Rail’s End Gallery, Haliburton 

Millennium Journal       Alberta House Gallery, Sault Ste Marie Mi, USA
Meditations in Cloth     Greenwood Quilt Gallery, Guelph
My Hand Sings Red     Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

Millennium Journal        La Gallerie du Nouvel Ontario, Sudbury

My Hand Sings Red      Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener 

The House with the Golden Windows White Water Gallery, North Bay
The House with the Golden Windows, Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener  

 I Will Remember You Until I Die, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

Selected Group Exhibitions

Hard Twist 12: Yarn  Gladstone Hotel Toronto Ontario, 
                        curators Chris Mitchell and Helena Frei.
                        Opening Reception September 7 at 7 pm.  Until January 9 2018.
Prayer Flags for Canada, Gore Bay Museum, Manitoulin Island Ontario Canada
                         A community invitational project, curated by Nicole Weppler until Oct 5, 2017
Perspectives From Here  Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay Ontario Canada
                         North Western Ontario artists curated by Nadia Kurd. Until Sept 17, 2017
QUILT NATIONAL, Dairy Barn Athens Ohio.  jurors Nancy Crow, Petra Fallaux,Art Martin.                             Judy Martin's quilt won two awards: Lynn Bergman award for Surface                                     Design and the Surface Design Association complete list of award winners                             You tube video of Judy Martin 
(In)finite: Canadian Textile Exhibition, Christ church Cathedral, Vancouver BC Canada,                                   organized by Thomas Roach.
Craft Ontario 17 1106 Queen W Toronto, jurors Gordon Thompson, chung-Im Kim
International Quilt Festival Chicago, Traditional mid-West USA and Canada exhibition

World of Threads Festival, Oakville Ontario
                   Curators:  Dawne Rudman, Gareth Bate
Elemental Festival, Kagawong,  Manitoulin Island Canada
                   Curator:  Sophie Edwards
Hard Twist 11: Spin Gladstone Hotel,Toronto Ontario
                   Curators Chris Mitchell, Helena Frei
In the Spirit of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, Perivale Gallery, Spring Bay,                                  Manitoulin Island Ontario Canada   curator: Shannon McMullan
My Corner of the World: Canada  Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford Ontario Canada,                              Curator Micaela Fitzsimmons, co-ordinator Bethany Garner
                   a SAQA exhibit, travelling show until August 2019

Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn New York  
                   Jurors: Mary Ann Jordon, Linda Colsh and Cynthia Corbin
Hard Twist 10: Memory, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
                   Curated by Chris Mitchell and Helena Frei
Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder, Woody Point Discover Centre, Gros Morne National Park,                  Newfoundland, and Devon House, Craft Council of Newfoundland and                                    Labrador, St. John's Newfoundland, Canada.
                     curated by Gloria Hickey and Philippa Jones  pdf catalogue 
Pop Folk T3xtiLEs, la Galerie du Nouvel Ontario, Sudbury, Ontario , Canada
        and Campbell House museum, Queen St West, Toronto, Ontario (Le Labo Gallery).                            curated by Sophie LeBlanc     
Citizen of Craft, promotional video for Craft Ontario  view here

Quilts=Art=quilts (award)   Schweinfurth Art Centre Auburn New York
Visions: The sky's the Limit (award)   San Diego California
World of Threads Festival   Oakville Ontario          Two solo exhibitions
500 Traditional Quilts, International quilt Festival  Houston Texas

Ontario Craft 13  Ontario Craft Council,Toronto Ontario

World of Threads Festival    Oakville, Ontario     three group exhibitions
Quilts=Art=Quilts           Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center    Auburn, New York
Tradition in Transition  curated by Sandra Reford  Carrefour du Patchwork, Alsace, France

Ontario Craft 11    Ontario Craft Council, Toronto
Quilt National 2011      The Dairy Barn (touring)  Athens, Ohio, USA
Craft Currents        Ontario Craft Council (touring)  Northern Ontario

Fibreworks 2010       Cambridge Galleries    Cambridge  

A Common Thread        World of Threads Festival,  Oakville, Ontario
National Juried Quilt Show  (awards)  Canadian Quilt Association, Saskatoon

Ontario Craft 07      Ontario Craft Council  Toronto             
Tactile Architecture  International Quilt Festival (touring)             Houston USA
Celebrate Craft      Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador   St Johns NL

Canada, a Cultural Mosaic    Canadian Book Artists Guild (tour)   Toronto  
Triple X ,Visual Arts Ontario (tour)  Toronto
Geo-Physique, Propeller Gallery, Toronto
Canadian Art Quilts in Japan (curated by Valerie Hearder) Yokohama, Japan
Material Metamorphosis (curated by Emma Quin)  Ontario Craft Council, Toronto


Masterpieces: Spirit and Strength   International Quilt Festival (tour Europe) Houston
Family Matters (3 person)    WKP Kennedy art gallery, North Bay

Art Quilts: Encrustations, International Quilt Festival, Houston  USA

Arts 2000 (RCA exhibition) Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Ontario  

Oh! Canada        Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto     

Picking up the Pieces  , York Quay Gallery, Toronto        

Quilted Stories, A Space Gallery, Toronto  


Canadian Contemporary Quilts    Rodman Hall  (tour), St Catherine’s 

Quilt Evolution (curated by Kai Chan) Museum for Textiles , Toronto   
I Am Where I Live , Pictograph Gallery (tour) Atikokan


Redefined: The Quilt As Art, Whyte Museum (toured), Banff

Judging and Jurying
2015   Edge of the Forest  exhibition of 53 Canadian Members of the international Surface Design Association.  Judy Martin judged the award of excellence. (jurors: Joe Lewis, Line Dufour, Rachel Miller)  exhibit toured Canada

2014  Stitches Across Time  national exhibition, pieces inspired by six pieces in the Dufferin Museum and Archives collection.  Judy Martin, Judith Tinkl, Dorie Millerson were jurors.

2013  Threadworks  national exhibition, theme of WATER.  Wellington County Museum, Ontario.  Judy Martin, William Hodge, Sylvia Naylor were jurors.  Hear Judy speak at Threadworks 2013  exhibit toured Canada

Selected recent Publications
2016   Art Quilts International: Abstracts and Geometrics by Martha Sielman, published in 2016 by Schiffer. 

2015   Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art  Claire Wellesley -Smith, published by Batsord.  

2014  500 Traditional Quilts curated by Karey Patterson Bresenhan, published by Lark Books

2013   Mended World, a catalog for the exhibition  essay by Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, published by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Selected recent Teaching
2016    Celebrating Our Circles - four separate one day workshops for the Canadian Embroiders Guild, London's 45th anniversary celebration   September 20 - 25 2016   
             Cross My Heart - stitch collage one day workshop, Manitoulin Island Ontario

2015     Meditation Panels Workshop:   a three-day workshop in Gros Morne, Newfoundland  Part of Fibre Arts  Newfoundland.  October 15- 18, 2015

2011      Slow Art:  A weekend workshop. Part of Fibreworks Kingston, Ontario..

2008      The Power and Beauty of Hand Stitched Textiles:  a five-day workshop in London, Onatrio.  Canadian Embroiderer's Guild Summer Workshop

Selected recent Speaking
2017      The Aesthetic of Simplicity, 2 minute you tube video, Quilt National 2017 

2016       Marking my place, a thousand walks, luminous halo path  walk and talk, October 1 and 2, Elemental 2 Festival,  Kagawong Ontario  installation and performance 
               Go Slow, Stop Thinking, guest speaker, 45th anniversary of Canadian Embroiders' Guild London Ontario
               It is an Honour to Make a quilt -  guest speaker, spring banquet, Sudbury quilt and stitchery Guild, Coppercliff Ontario

2014      Motherly Advice - keynote speech, Espanola Fibre Festival, Espanola Ontario

2013      Touch is the mother of the senses - Opening lecture, Mended World Exhibition, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay Ontario

2012      Not Finished Yet - trunk show, Pomegranate Quilt Guild, Toronto Ontario

Judith Martin was Artist in Residence in her local community of Little Currrent
Manitoulin circle project  2009 - 2013

Gallery Representation

David Kaye Gallery  Toronto Ontario Canada
Perivale Gallery  Spring Bay Manitoulin Island  Ontario Canada

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