"Twirling Leaves #2" by Jean M. Judd, Thread on Commercial Textile
46.5” x 44.5”
Thread on Commercial Textile
Original Art Work
Description: This artwork is the second piece in the Twirling Leaves series. Its design is based on the Tilt’n Whirl block pattern. The art quilt is machine pieced, hand quilted, and hand bound. Commercial fabrics were used in the textile artwork with some of them dating back to the 1980s. The dense hand stitching shows the detail in the rubber tree leaves in the outer area of the art quilt. Examining the piece up close reveals many nuances in the artwork from spirals, to hatch marks, and the utilization of many different colors of thread. This textile piece is designed to be hung in any orientation which allows for many different viewing options.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Jean M. Judd
Artist Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin has been constructing textile artworks for over thirty years incorporating dense hand stitching which gives visual and physical texture to her work. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1963. She has lived by water her entire life: the Mississippi River in Lake City, Minnesota from 1965 to 1982 and 1986-1991, the Sea of Japan from 1982 to 1986, and the St. Croix River from 1991 to the present where she has her private studio in Cushing, Wisconsin.
Her work includes pieced work using rust pigmentation and non-traditional dyeing techniques and occasionally commercial fabric. More recent work has been using whole cloth construction using her hand dyed, Suminagashi marbled, and dye painted fabrics; incorporating rust pigmentation and architectural ironwork along with her signature hand stitching.
Each piece is unique and starts with an idea from her subconscious and develops as she constructs the artwork. Decisions are made regarding materials, technique, size, and sculptural stitching as the piece develops. Nothing is preplanned so the initial idea may not be even close to what the finished artwork reveals.
The intent of her work is not to be a recognizable, representational image of a specific place, time, or object. The artist’s intent is to bring up feelings, emotions, and contemplation by each viewer of the work. She wants them to slow down, disconnect with the current world, and take time to look at and feel the artwork. What does the work say to the viewer; what connection do they feel to the artwork; what emotion does the artwork bring to the viewer; what personal story can they assign to what they are seeing and experiencing?
Ms. Judd’s work can be found in many private art collections in the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America. She exhibits her award-winning artwork nationally in juried fine art exhibitions. Her work is represented by several fine art galleries in the United States. She is the author of several books describing her processes, artistic philosophy, and experiences with artist residencies.