Saturday, July 30, 2011

Quiet Simplicity

Cross My Heart, layered and stitched silk and linen, silk threads. 2010.

I have agreed to speak about my work in Toronto this September. It took me hours to settle on this plain and simple title for the lecture. Cross My Heart detail

Quiet Simplicity

Judy Martin’s new work has a pared down simplicity that is inviting. Her imagery is archetypal, used for centuries across world cultures. She constructs her pieces by layering and piecing torn fabrics by hand, and then adds repeated simple and familiar domestic stitches. The evidence of time and touch gives power to the work.

16 comments:

deanna7trees said...

love the stitching on this piece and the same designs with the different colors is so effective.

Serena said...

nice. i like the write up a lot! and of course always enjoy your quilts.

Sweetpea said...

Quite, quite perfect...every single bit of it, Judy.
How I wish I lived closer so that I could hear you speak firsthand.

Jackie said...

What a fabulous title, it just reminds me of you and your quilting.

Jacky said...

It is simply powerful...has a quiet strength and honesty...your cloth.

I too wish I lived closer so I could hear you speak.

Jacky xox

Karen said...

Beautiful piece-- I'd like to see it in person. When and where is your Toronto lecture? Is it open to the public?

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

By seeing this work again I've realized what seduces me fom your works: they look simple and very complex at the same time. The balance between composition and texture...

Good luck with your speaking.

raquel said...

a large, a teacher greetings, your explanation spectacular

Deb G said...

Beautiful...

Velma said...

YES!!!

Judy Martin said...

Karen,

I am going to speak to a quilt guild in Toronto on September 21.

This piece will only be a digital image in the talk - as it is my quilt national entry and that show is still on display in Athens Ohio. I posted it here because it is one of the images I gave the guild for their advertising and newsletter.

I would love to be invited to speak in Toronto around the same date to another guild or textile group, with the same talk. It's short notice for September, but wouldn't that be wonderful?

Jeana Marie said...

I wish Toronto (among other places in this world!) wasn't so far away too!

Penny Berens said...

Gosh, how I love this piece!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Judy, which guild? I know that it's not York Heritage, because the 21st is a Wednesday. I'd love to attend your lecture!

Judy Martin said...

The Pomegranate Guild is who I will be speaking to.

handstories said...

what you have done with "time & touch" & stitch is simply beautiful. if only seattle were closer...