|Island Heart 2019 by Judy Martin,|
rayon, silk, rust, harvested local plant-dyes, a few commercial fabrics including my late father's hospital gown
80" h x 73" w, embroidered with wool yarns and hand quilted with cotton threads
Looking at my work through photographing it gives give me a distance from it.
I'm able to see my own work more clearly.
This means that my work develops deeply, with many layers, over a period of months.
Because I usually have many pieces underway,
I just put them away in drawers or shelves for breaks of three to four months
and they steep.
my life experiences alter how I see those pieces in the drawers,
so that when I bring them out to work on again,
I see them more clearly and am ready to move forward.
However, very often, my work and I move need to move backwards.
Things need to be un-picked so that my work and I can start up again on a different path.
I added the spirals and the horizontal stitching after so it would be stronger.
They seem like flowers.
And as I worked on the piece, I began to feel loved.
Was it the work that did this?
|Touching The Sky 2020, Judy Martin |
silk velvet, harvested local plant dyes, appliqued to commercially embroidered linen base, then folded. 51" h x 21" w
I woke early with this piece on my mind and when I saw it again I realized that it was a self portrait.
It's how I feel about my body when I do not have a mirror.
I feel soft.
Like my other new work, the materials led me.
This one is velvet, with unexpected rich surprises of colour from local plants.
Velvet responds so well to dye process.
It's so lush and soft.
I kept stitching it and touching it.
It was the touching of it that made me want to tuck it in towards itself.
This made it even more loveable.
|Prayer to the Sky 2019 Judy Martin|
three layers of wool, (madder interior layer, indigo exterior layer), tucked, embroidered and hand quilted,
cut to reveal the inner layer, 60" h x 64.5" w
The barely there marks are like chanting.
These new pieces are the sexiest I have ever made.
Cloth becomes charged with touch.
We rub and cut and pierce and poke and touch.
Eventually it feels as if the cloth touches us back.
(an Abbas Akhavan idea)
This is my work.