Judy Martin

Turning the air to cloth / Above us: two-sided wall piece

"Turning the air to cloth" (Front)  6.75 x 3.3

"Turning the air to cloth" (Front)
6.75 x 3.3

"Above us" (Back)  6.75 x 3.3

"Above us" (Back)
6.75 x 3.3


Emily Carr Visited Me

Emily Carr is one of Canada’s foremost artists. At the age of 56 she travelled into the BC forests so that she could paint directly from nature. The paintings she made during her crone years are considered to be her most powerful.

Emily Carr’s emotional 1935 oil painting, “Scorned as Timber, Beloved by the Sky” has been appropriated into this piece.  This artwork inspired me not only because of it’s beauty, but because it seemed to represent her struggle as a woman artist in Canada.  I’ve represented myself as a house receiving a visit from my muse, Emily Carr. -Judy Martin

Rayon, cotton fabrics, fabric paint and dye, floss, beads, and thread

Painting, piecework, appliqué, hand embroidery/quilting 37” x 82”

Detail 1

Detail 1

Detail 2

Detail 2

Emily Carr Visited Me, painted and embroidered quilt, Judy Martin (1).jpg


Paradise Meditation II, framed

Paradise Meditation II, framed

about the artist

Judy Martin is an artist working primarily in hand stitched textiles.

She holds an HBFA (chancellor’s medal) from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, and a BA in Embroidered Textiles from Middlesex University in London England. A two-time Quilt National exhibitor, with recent solo exhibitions at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery (2013), Art Gallery of Sudbury (2014) and the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto (2017) she is the recipient of numerous awards including the Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design at Quilt National 2017 and has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council. 

Judy Martin has received recognition for her work in several books, most recently Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art by Claire Wellesley Smith and Art Quilts International: Abstract and Geometric by Martha Sielman.

Her work is included in many private and public collections such as the Thunder Bay Art Gallery collection, the Art Gallery of Sudbury collection, Cambridge Galleries’ Fibre Art collection and the Canada Council Art Bank. She has exhibited internationally at Quilt National, Quilts=Art=Quilts, and Visions in the USA, Le Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork in Europe and International Quilt Week in Japan. Festivals that this artist has been part of include the World of Threads (Oakville Ontario) and the International Quilt Festival in Houston and Chicago.

Martin’s popular blog, Judy’s Journal, connects this artist from her home on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, Canada to a wide audience around the world.

Paradise Meditation I, framed

Paradise Meditation I, framed

Paradise Meditation I, Detail

Paradise Meditation I, Detail

Paradise Series


altered vintage domestic table linen,

stitched to heavy watercolour paper and framed


Pared down




abstract, yet about nature,

the all-encompassing vastness of it

the fragility


spirituality is very simple

I am trying to place personal experience into a form that transcends it

cloth is fragile and has a life span

it wears out

cloth is a metaphor for human mortality.

linen tablecloths are ritual textiles,

cloth is a membrane between two states of being.

My work is about a feeling that can never quite be recaptured.

My work is about the silent place we hold inside of us.

Judy e Martin, 2013

Paradise Meditation I, Detail 2

Paradise Meditation I, Detail 2

Paradise Meditation II, Detail 1

Paradise Meditation II, Detail 1

Paradise Meditation II, Detail 2

Paradise Meditation II, Detail 2