Manitoulin Circle Project



Click on the title above to view the panels.

The project consists of the creation of four large meditation panels, made with recycled linen damask tablecloths and hand stitching by the community under the leadership of artist, Judy Martin.  The Project took place between October 2009 and August 2013, meeting every Thursday in the Little Current United Church hall on Manitoulin Island.

144 participants have stitched on or otherwise helped in the creation of the panels.  Click on the top link to view all four.

September 13 - October 27 2013, the four panels were included in the Thunder Bay Art Gallery's exhibition of Judy Martin's work entitled MENDED WORLD.  The same exhibit traveled to the Art Gallery of Sudbury January 19 - March 2,  2014.   During October 2014, the four panels were on display as part of the Espanola Fibre Fetival and lead artisst Judy Martin was the keynote speaker for that event, October 17.  The four panels were also featured in the World of Threads Festival in Oakville Ontario during November 2014.

Plans are underway for the panels to be at the Homer Watson gallery in Kitchener during May 2015 as well as the WP Kennedy Gallery in North Bay in May 2016.   A catalogue about the project and the exhibition was published by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery with a critical essay by Dr. Elizabeth Kalbfleisch.

There are one hundred blog posts about the project on Judy's Journal.
Click on  Blog Posts about the Manitoulin Circle Project

2015 update:  Judy Martin is leading a slow stitch group on Thursday afternoons at the Untied Church hall 1 -4 pm.  It is free, open to anyone who wants to do hand stitching and you will be learning the stitches that were used in the meditation panels of the original project and going on to create an original personal meditation panel of your own.  It is organized so that people can join whenever they want, come when ever they are able.  Work at your own pace with Judy and the others as a support.  Slow Stitch as social change.  read more here. 

Judy is teaching a 3 day workshop based on the meditation panels at Fibre Arts Newfoundland October 15 - 18 2015 in Gros Morne.  Again, participants will be learning the basic stitches of the meditation panels and designing their own using archetypal imagery as inspiration.  More information and to register click here.

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