Monday, October 02, 2017

I'm here

My work is grounded in the phenomenological idea that the sense of touch is the most effective way to make an emotional connection with others.   Judy Martin

I am in Toronto, delivering my new body of work to David Kaye Gallery today for installation.  Here is the text that David sent out to his subscribers in an email.

Please join me from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 7th to meet textile artist JUDY MARTIN and view her amazingly stitched thread wall drawings/objects. Never one to sit idle without needle and thread JUDY has created an incredible body of work. She says, "The exhibition it is about the process of making and the stitched objects are just the evidence of time and labour. Making things by hand is a very positive and nurturing thing for anyone to do. Creating the pieces for this exhibition has been healing for both my body and spirit."

I have been looking forward to (and working towards) this day for a year.  So excited. xo


  1. How exciting that it is all coming to fruition - good luck with the whole event. Will the audience be able to touch the pieces themselves? That would be an extraordinary experience - and extraordinarily generous of you.

  2. I'll be with you in spirit on the 7th ... and hoping to see pictures of the installation someday

  3. Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
    there is a field. I'll meet you there.

    When the soul lies down in that grass,
    the world is too full to talk about.
    Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
    doesn't make any sense.


  4. your beautiful hands give so much to the world

  5. This picture says it all! Have a wonderful time Judy. I wish I was in Toronto and in your audience.

  6. Sounds wonderful Judy! Your words are just what I needed to hear today. Thank you!

  7. I echo those who wish they could be there with you. I am SO happy for your recognition. Sending blessings for a wonder filled experience. OX

  8. Friend, once more I wish you a very satisfying exhibit. You place so much of yourself in each project- a gift.

  9. how exciting! Touch is vital for survival. I'm a tactile person.

  10. Congratulations, Judy on thie show. Wish I could be there. Your words and work sustain me in the meantime.

  11. I took the work in at 11 am on Monday October 2. David received it. He opened each piece reverently and looked at it carefully, asking me questions now and then. Me bubbling over with explanations now and then.
    But then he told me to leave him alone with the work.

    This affected me emotionally. To leave my work there, on the floor, in the white cube.
    When I came back 3 hours later (for 10 minutes only) one piece was up on the wall, and the rest were still on the floor, but he had an idea of how he would install them. (on Tuesday October 3)

    Come back on Wednesday he told me.

    I went back to my son's house and held babies and drew with 3 year olds. I slept.

    Now it is Tuesday and I realize that this gallery is so respected by the artists I admire, because of David Kaye's respect for them. I can hardly wait to see how my own work looks after he places it.

    resting today
    and thanks for all your beautiful supportive comments

  12. Wish I could be there in person, but will be in spirit! All the very best to you. xoxo,s.

  13. What a high point this is. How fortunate are those who will be able to attend. But we are also most fortunate who have been able to travel part of this journey with you over the past year. I'm wishing you all the best, Judy.

  14. If I was able to be there to see the exhibition I would probably need to be restrained from touching. I'd be hard put to just mentally wrap myself in the work. Wednesday must seem a long time off.

  15. I can't wait to see pictures of the exhibit, wish we could be there to see and touch! Congratulations Judy, love, Dorothea

  16. How I should love to be a visitor to your exhibition but doubt that will happen as I live in New Zealand! How exciting for you, I hope it is a great success!

  17. Congratulations Judy!


Thank you for taking the time to connect. Much appreciated.xx