Judith e Martin

Judy Martin lives and works on Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron, central Canada.
 She holds a first class honours degree in Embroidered Textiles from Middlesex University.
She creates large scale, hand stitched artwork from found and re-purposed cloth.

2012  First Class Honours, BA Embroidered Textiles, Middlesex University, London England
1994  Honours BFA, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Canada, Chancellor’s Medal

Coming up
Fibre Art Textiles Award Shortlist exhibition:  August 18 - 21 at the Festival of Quilts Birmingham England.  The Award to be presented on August 18.  (5000 British pounds).  
Underfoot the Earth Divine has been shortlisted!

Evolve   six person exhibition at the Propeller gallery, Toronto Ontario, September 14 - October 2 organized by artist/curator Loree Ovens 

In The Middle of the World    two person exhibition with Penny Berens organized by freelance curator Miranda Bouchard   Muse gallery, lake of the woods museum, Kenora Ontario

untitled    Solo exhibition at Homer Watson House, March - June 2023

Among the Garbage and the Flowers  Group exhibition of eleven textile artists who exhibit work that uses reclaimed domestic textiles or used clothing.  Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in  Almonte Ontario  organized by artist/curator Susan Avishai   July 17 - September 18 2023 


Red Thread My Heart  Gore Bay Museum, a continuation of the Red Thread exhibition (2008)  curator Nicole Weppler, This exhibition is postponed indefinitely because of the pandemic          

Selected Recent Solo and 2 person Exhibitions
In The Middle of the World    two person exhibition with Penny Berens and freelance curator Miranda Bouchard , Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte Ontario 

Beauty, Emotion, Sprit, Soul    One Sky Gallery, Sudbury Ontario
                              Cristina Masotti curator 

Cloth of Time    two person exhibition with Penny Berens, Mary E Black gallery, Halifax Nova Scotia
The Cloud In Me    World of Threads Festival, Oakville Ontario
                              curators Gareth Bate and Dawne Rudman

The Cloud In Me    David Kaye Gallery, Toronto Ontario Canada

Mended World       Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario  

Mended World        Art Gallery of Sudbury 
                                                                       video of Judy's artist talk at the opening reception
Lucky Protection    Northern Artist Gallery in Sudbury, Ontario
Family Paintings    Northeastern Manitoulin public Library, Little Current, Ontario
Mended World       exhibition with catalogue
                              Thunder Bay Art Gallery  Thunder Bay, Ontario 
Be Safe, My Love   Greenwood Quilt Gallery, Guelph, Ontario Canada       
Like the Moon         Cornerstone Fine Craft, Kingston
Red Thread             Gore Bay Heritage Museum, Gore Bay

Protection Blankets     Preston Gallery Cambridge     
Millennium Journal      Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte 

Millennium Journal      Rail’s End Gallery, Haliburton 

Millennium Journal      Alberta House Gallery, Sault Ste Marie Mi, USA
Meditations in Cloth    Greenwood Quilt Gallery, Guelph
My Hand Sings Red     Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

Millennium Journal        La Gallerie du Nouvel Ontario, Sudbury

My Hand Sings Red      Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener 

The House with the Golden Windows White Water Gallery, North Bay
The House with the Golden Windows, Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener  

 I Will Remember You Until I Die, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

Selected Group Exhibitions

The World We Know  April 8 - June 13 2022  New Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery   (Canadian Pioneer)

QUILT NATIONAL Dairy Barn, Athens Ohio, USA   (Prayer To The Sky) tours to Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic Connecticut March 18 - April 17 2022

Visions 2020, Visions Art Museum San Diego California, online only because of the pandemic

Ontario Craft 19    Ontario Craft Gallery downtown Toronto  best of North award
All Stitched Up    Collins University Library, Tacoma Washington 
Hard Twist 14:Entwined - Gladstone Hotel, Queen Street West Toronto
3D Expression   Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum and touring for 3 years, a SAQA                                      touring global exhibition curated by Bruce Hoffman
Housewarming     Craft Ontario gallery, Toronto Ontario
Innovation 19       Quest Gallery, Midland Ontario     award
In the Spirit of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven
                         Perivale Gallery
                         Manitoulin Island, Ontario 
Fibreworks 2018:  Queen's Square Gallery, Cambridge Ontario 
                              jurors Melissa Bennett and Meghan Price
Masterworks: tours Japan and the USA until March 2019   curator Martha Sielman

Masterworks: Art Quilts International 
                        curator Martha Sielman  International Quilt Festival: Houston Texas
                        touring globally until 2021                      
Hard Twist 12: Yarn  Gladstone Hotel Toronto Ontario, 
                        curators Chris Mitchell and Helena Frei  
Prayer Flags for Canada, Gore Bay Museum, Manitoulin Island Ontario Canada
                         A community invitational project, curated by Nicole Weppler
Perspectives From Here  Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay Ontario Canada
                         North Western Ontario artists curated by Nadia Kurd 
QUILT NATIONAL, Dairy Barn Athens Ohio.  jurors Nancy Crow, Petra Fallaux,Art Martin.                             two awards: Lynn Bergman award for Surface Design and the Surface                                   Design Association's award                           Quilt National video of Judy Martin 
(In)finite: Canadian Textile Exhibition, Christ church Cathedral, Vancouver BC Canada,                                   organized by Thomas Roach.
Craft Ontario 17 1106 Queen W Toronto, jurors Gordon Thompson, chung-Im Kim
International Quilt Festival Chicago, Traditional mid-West USA and Canada exhibition

World of Threads Festival, Oakville Ontario
                   Curators:  Dawne Rudman, Gareth Bate
Elemental Festival, Kagawong,  Manitoulin Island Canada
                   Curator:  Sophie Edwards
Hard Twist 11: Spin Gladstone Hotel,Toronto Ontario
                   Curators Chris Mitchell, Helena Frei
In the Spirit of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, Perivale Gallery, Spring Bay,                                  Manitoulin Island Ontario Canada   curator: Shannon McMullan
My Corner of the World: Canada  Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford Ontario Canada,                              Curator Micaela Fitzsimmons, co-ordinator Bethany Garner
                   a SAQA exhibit, travelling show until August 2019

Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn New York  
                   Jurors: Mary Ann Jordon, Linda Colsh and Cynthia Corbin
Hard Twist 10: Memory, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
                   Curated by Chris Mitchell and Helena Frei
Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder, Woody Point Discover Centre, Gros Morne National Park,                           Newfoundland, and Devon House, Craft Council of Newfoundland and                                    Labrador, St. John's Newfoundland, Canada.
                   curated by Gloria Hickey and Philippa Jones  pdf catalogue 
Pop Folk T3xtiLEs, la Galerie du Nouvel Ontario, Sudbury, Ontario , Canada
                   and Campbell House museum, Queen St West, Toronto, Ontario (Le Labo                            Gallery).  curated by Sophie LeBlanc     
Citizen of Craft, promotional video for Craft Ontario  view here

Quilts=Art=quilts (award)   Schweinfurth Art Centre Auburn New York
Visions: The sky's the Limit (award)   San Diego California
World of Threads Festival   Oakville Ontario          Two solo exhibitions
500 Traditional Quilts, International quilt Festival  Houston Texas

Ontario Craft 13  Ontario Craft Council,Toronto Ontario

World of Threads Festival    Oakville, Ontario     three group exhibitions
Quilts=Art=Quilts           Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center    Auburn, New York
Tradition in Transition  curated by Sandra Reford  Carrefour du Patchwork, Alsace, France

Ontario Craft 11    Ontario Craft Council, Toronto
Quilt National 2011      The Dairy Barn (touring)  Athens, Ohio, USA
Craft Currents        Ontario Craft Council (touring)  Northern Ontario

Fibreworks 2010       Cambridge Galleries    Cambridge  

A Common Thread        World of Threads Festival,  Oakville, Ontario
National Juried Quilt Show  (awards)  Canadian Quilt Association, Saskatoon

Ontario Craft 07      Ontario Craft Council  Toronto             
Tactile Architecture  International Quilt Festival (touring)             Houston USA
Celebrate Craft      Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador   St Johns NL

Canada, a Cultural Mosaic    Canadian Book Artists Guild (tour)   Toronto  
Triple X ,Visual Arts Ontario (tour)  Toronto
Geo-Physique, Propeller Gallery, Toronto
Canadian Art Quilts in Japan (curated by Valerie Hearder) Yokohama, Japan
Material Metamorphosis (curated by Emma Quin)  Ontario Craft Council, Toronto


Masterpieces: Spirit and Strength   International Quilt Festival (tour Europe) Houston
Family Matters (3 person)    WKP Kennedy art gallery, North Bay

Art Quilts: Encrustations, International Quilt Festival, Houston  USA

Arts 2000 (RCA exhibition) Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Ontario  

Oh! Canada        Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto     

Picking up the Pieces  , York Quay Gallery, Toronto        

Quilted Stories, A Space Gallery, Toronto  


Canadian Contemporary Quilts    Rodman Hall  (tour), St Catherine’s 

Quilt Evolution (curated by Kai Chan) Museum for Textiles , Toronto   
I Am Where I Live , Pictograph Gallery (tour) Atikokan


Redefined: The Quilt As Art, Whyte Museum (toured), Banff

Judging and Jurying

2020    Land Art, online exhibition of SAQA members,  Judy was one of three jurors, the others were Susan Lenz and 
2015   Edge of the Forest  exhibition of 53 Canadian Members of the international Surface Design Association.  Judy Martin judged the award of excellence. (jurors: Joe Lewis, Line Dufour, Rachel Miller)  exhibit toured Canada

2014  Stitches Across Time  national exhibition, pieces inspired by six pieces in the Dufferin Museum and Archives collection.  Judy Martin, Judith Tinkl, Dorie Millerson were jurors.

2013  Threadworks  national exhibition, theme of WATER.  Wellington County Museum, Ontario.  Judy Martin, William Hodge, Sylvia Naylor were jurors.  Hear Judy speak at Threadworks 2013  exhibit toured Canada

Selected recent Publications

2020   Quilting Arts December 2020-Jan 2021 issue 108, feature article by Cate Prato
2020    Patchwork Gilde September 2020 issue 140, feature article by Uta Lenk (Germany)
2018   Art Quilts Unfolding - Judy Martin is included in this important book pub by SAQA 
2018   Not To Know But To Go On, A Poem About Time by Judy Martin  6" x 6" booklet
2016   Art Quilts International: Abstracts and Geometrics by Martha Sielman, Schiffer. 
2015   Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art  Claire Wellesley-Smith, Batsord. 
2014  500 Traditional Quilts curated by Karey Patterson Bresenhan, Lark Books
2013   Mended World, a catalog for the exhibition  essay by Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, published by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
2011   World of Threads Interview   by Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bates

Selected recent Teaching
2019    CSARN mentorship with Sophie Anne Edwards, Manitoulin Island
2018    Meditation Panels workshop, Elliot Lake Summer Arts 
2017    CSARN mentorship with Mariana Lafrance, Manitoulin Island. 
2016    Celebrating Our Circles - four separate one day workshops for the Canadian                          Embroiders Guild, London's 45th anniversary celebration    
            Cross My Heart - stitch collage one day workshop, Manitoulin Island Ontario
2015    Meditation Panels Workshop:   Part of Fibre Arts  Newfoundland
2011    Slow Art:  A weekend workshop. Fibreworks Kingston, Ontario
2008    The Power and Beauty of Hand Stitched Textiles:  a five-day workshop
            Canadian Embroiderer's Guild Summer Workshop

Selected recent Speaking
My Awakened Heart / My Pandemic Summer  originally for York Heritage Quilt Guild, 

  In The Middle of the World  artist opening talk for the exhibition, September 29 2021 over zoom.  Penny Berens and Judy Martin speak about how living close to nature informs their work for the exhibition, the question and answers were also recorded.

2020     Mosaica SAQA Conference  (converted to a virtual conference March 19-20, 2020)
             Handwork, Homework, Heartwork: Adventures in Long Distance Collaboration                       presentation.  Miranda Bouchard (curator) Judy Martin Manitoulin Island and Penny               Berens Nova Scotia  (senior Canadian stitch artists)  
2019     90 second audio for 3-D expression - Not To Know But To Go On
2017     Making is Healing - 90 second audio for Masterworks:International art quilts
             The Aesthetic of Simplicity, 2 minute you tube video, Quilt National 2017 
2016     Marking my place, a thousand walks, luminous halo path  walk and talk
             Elemental 2 Festival,  Kagawong Ontario  installation and performance 
             Go Slow, Stop Thinking  45th anniversary of Canadian Embroiders' Guild 
             It is an Honour to Make a quilt  Sudbury quilt and stitchery Guild
2014     Motherly Advice - keynote speech, Espanola Fibre Festival, Espanola Ontario
2013     Touch is the mother of the senses - Opening lecture, Mended World Exhibition,                     Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay Ontario
2012      Not Finished Yet - trunk show, Pomegranate Quilt Guild, Toronto Ontario

Permanent Public Collections

International Quilt Museum, Nebraska USA
Ontario Government 
Canada Council Art Bank
Ontario Juried Show collection
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Sudbury
Idea Exchange: Cambridge Art Galleries Contemporary Fibre Art Collection

Judith Martin was Artist in Residence in her local community of Little Current
Manitoulin circle project  2009 - 2013

Gallery Representation
Guildworks, Bloomfield,  Prince Edward Country, Ontario
Perivale Gallery  Spring Bay Manitoulin Island  Ontario Canada
David Kaye Projects, Toronto, Ontario Canada

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