Tuesday, June 08, 2021
Tuesday, June 01, 2021
|rock cut side one, a two part sculpture to be hung from the ceiling, |
rescued wool blankets and hand stitched wool yarn,
each part 8 or 9 feet high and 13 feet wide,
still in progress after 4 years of steady work by Judy Martin
Two things: repetition and simplicity.
|rock cut part one, side one French knots made with wool yarn on wool blanket|
|rock cut part two, side two, reverse of couching stitch, wool yarn on mended wool blanket|
|rock cut side two, a two-sided two part suspended sculpture, |
rescued wool blanket, plant dyed wools, hand stitched
each part 8 or 9 feet high, 13 feet wide,
looking puny on the lawn
but it is a big piece by Judy Martin, begun in 2015
Two sides. That's because I want the viewer to move around the work so that the body is engaged, not just the eyes and mind.
Because we know with our bodies.
Monday, May 24, 2021
a spiritual place covered with marks
the directness of paint with the substance of thread
immensity of space, minutiae of surface
the time we need to cope with life and death
Monday, May 17, 2021
The body of the quilt is the work of coming to like in yourself what was only adored or ignored by your mother, or other objects of your love or your lovers;
The body of the quilt is the work of coming to like the work of another woman, and the passing through of all rejection and neglect by another woman or man;
The body of the quilt is the work of coming to like yourself as a little old lady and an old little girl and a new little sister;
Radka Donnell is on page 113 of Quilts As Women's Art: A Quilt Poetics.
I read this book at age 40. It gave me the foundation of my career as an artist/quiltmaker. I copied many things into my journal at the time, including this entire poem.
New Beginning, the other side. I speak about making it in the lecture my pandemic summer.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Tuesday, May 04, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
|Cross My Heart detail, hand stitched silk quilt included in Quilt National 2011|
|Cross My Heart about 40 inches square, included in Quilt National 2011|
|Prayer to the Sky, detail, indigo dyed hand stitched wool quilt, included in Quilt National 2021|
|soft summer gone detail, quilted with embroidery,|
included in quilt national 2017, surface design award
Friday, April 16, 2021
A I am inspired by two things. The first is the ever-changing natural environment I live within. All seasons are beautiful. The air is beautiful, affected by the time of day and the light, the growth and decay of the vegetation are beautiful, the way that colours look next to each other because of the way the angle of sunlight touches them, that's beautiful.
These things feed me like breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don't consciously try to reproduce them in my work, but they show up in an abstract way. They have become part of me. Enhanced by my chosen solitude while walking, driving, sitting in my chair, observing and breathing in nature, is all so beautiful.
I especially like looking at large-scale textile sculptures and minimalist contemporary paintings. I enjoy Instagram and follow many artists there from around the world. I also own a sizable art-book collection that I flip through a lot. I have several books about traditional American Quilts (including the Gee Bend artists) as well as many visual artists that I love such as Cy Twombly, Kiki Smith, Louise Bourgeois, and Michelle Stuart.
This is the first post I've done using the photo software on my laptop - I'm still working things out, but thought I'd share how it was here last week on the island.