Contemporary Textile Commissions
This section features some of the contemporary textile commissions completed by textile artist Jean M. Judd, over the last two plus decades. Scroll down to view the most recent ones along with descriptions and detail images of each work. Work completed in the 2000s can be seen here and work from the 1990s can be seen here. The side bar menu to the left also will move you from page to page. Discover the possibilities!
"I want my clients to be as involved in the commission process as they want to be. I conduct an interview to get general life information from them to be incorporated into their custom art quilt. The client's personality needs to show in the artwork as well, even if they are the only ones that recognize it. Much like the style reflected in their homes and offices, the piece has to "fit" them. This is why I make work to fit a Vision -- whether it be my vision in my gallery work or my client's vision when making a commission piece." -- Jean M. Judd, Textile Artist and Author
When you are interested in having a piece designed and constructed for youself, or to give as a gift for someone else, please go to the Commission Forms page. If you would prefer to send me an email to start the process, please go to the Contact Artist page and fill in the email form. I usually answer all emails within 24 to 48 hours. If you have not heard from me after 48 hours, please contact me again, as sometimes for unknown reasons, emails get lost in cyberspace and I don't receive them. Some things are just out of our control and the Internet is one of them.
General information is available on my Commission Forms page and clients can fill out the appropriate form for their order. I am always happy to help clients brainstorm and find what they truly want created just for them and the specific place they have in mind for the completed work. Clients can be as involved or uninvolved with the development of their art piece as they desire. This is why I make textile artwork to fit a vision and not follow current trends which could be out of vogue before the piece is even completed and displayed.
This commission piece, Twirling Color, utilizes 329 different fabrics in the
construction of the central pinwheel design. Hand stitching accentuates the
pinwheels and provides a secondary design that is only seen on closer
inspection. The clients and I started discussing the project in 2014 and I did
preliminary design work. The project was approved and began in May of 2015.
Twirling Color - (c) 2015-2016 - Hand stitched thread on textile - 94.5" x 72.25" - Private Collection USA
This is the second completed piece of a two piece commission.
My client requested a height chart for marking the growth of their second
child, another daughter. The chart is made of 100% cotton commercial fabrics.
Height Chart #4 - (c) 2016 -
Hand Stitched Thread on Textile – 84.5" x 10" - Private Collection
The creative process in doing commission pieces for the
Family Name genre of artwork is more of a thoughtful, personal time. I enjoy
the initial interview with the client. This interview is where I find the
inspiration for the piece. It is based on the individual family members, their
careers, hobbies, travels, and other bits of information.
Family Name #6 - (c) 2016 -
Hand Stitched Thread on Commercial Textile – 48.5" x 46.5" - Private
At some point in our lives, we all feel the need to stop and
reflect on where we have come from, where we are currently, and where we want
to be in the future. Retrospection is
my interpretation of just that. It features over 150 different commercial
fabrics from the 1950s to the present. They were assembled, cut apart, and
reassembled to create this dynamic work of art.
Retrospection - (c) 2014-2016 - Hand
Stitched Thread on Commercial Textile - 100" x 100" - Private
A porcelain doll collector has completed the construction of
a climate controlled exhibit room. I have been commissioned to make a relevant
quilt for each doll in the collection. Each piece is to be hand quilted. The
small pieces will be able to be hung in a display case when not in the vignettes
that are planned for each doll. An on-going commission project estimated to
take at least another ten years to complete based on the number of dolls
currently in the collection.
Doll Quilt #1 (left) 17.75" x 23.75" Doll Quilt #2 (right) 20.5" x 18.5"
This is the first completed piece of a two piece commission.
My client requested a height chart for marking the growth of their oldest
child, a daughter. A second child will be born soon. The chart is made of 100%
cotton commercial fabrics and a detail image of the top of the artwork is shown on the left. It is similar in basic design style as over two dozen of these have been made over the past several years for various clients.
Height Chart #3 - (c) 2014 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 84" x 10" - Private Collection USA
This art quilt commission was began on April 5, 2010 and completed on January 12, 2014. It is based on the Wyoming Valley block from the 1930s. It is one of two quilts commissioned by the client during a studio visit.
Wyoming Valley #6 - (c)2010-2014 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 95" x 95" - Private Collection in the USA
Quetico: New Day…Day’s End was created following a two week artist residency at Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada August 18 to September 2, 2013. The piece is made from three pieces of my hand dyed fabrics that also has rust pigmentation added. It is densely hand stitched in three distinct patterns. The textile artwork is representative of both sunrises and sunsets experienced in the interior of Quetico Provincial Park.
Quetico: New Day...Day's End - (c)2013 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 24.25" x 31" - Quetico Provincial Park Permanent Art Collection Canada
** A video version of Jean Judd's presentation at Quetico Provincial Park can be viewed on YouTube.
**Featured in the Artist Directory of the March 2014 issue of ARTNews magazine on page 109.
**Inspired by Quetico exhibition at the Pictograph Gallery, Atitokan, Ontario Canada January 4 to March 8, 2014
**Featured in the ARTnews Magazine, December 2013 issue, page 108.
This quilt commission was initiated on June 29, 2009 and completed on May 14, 2012. It is based on the Wyoming Valley block from the 1930s. It is one of two quilts commissioned by the client during the studio visit. The second quilt, Wyoming Valley #6, was completed in January of 2014.
Wyoming Valley #5 - 2009-2012 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 97" x 97" - Private Collection in the USA.
-The International Quilt Festival by Quilts Inc. in Houston, Texas selected textile artist Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin for inclusion in
the “Selections from 500 Traditional Quilts” special exhibit. Artwork selected
for inclusion in the exhibit included: Wyoming
Valley #1: Choir of Angels Tapestry and Wyoming
--Textile artist Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin has been selected for inclusion in the “Selections from 500 Traditional Quilts” traveling exhibition to be shown at the Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange, Texas. Artwork selected for inclusion in the exhibit includes: Wyoming Valley #1: Choir of Angels Tapestry and Wyoming Valley #5.
This traditional “Lovers Knot” quilt pattern design was constructed by my client. She then commissioned me to do the hand quilting of the piece over a three month period the beginning of 2011. There is over 280 hours of time put into the intricate hand quilting on this large piece.
Untitled 2011 (Lovers Knot) - 2011 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 108" x 86" - Private Collection in the USA.