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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.

Family Name #7 (c)2017 Jean M. Judd, N.S.A. 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 interviews with the client and getting to know them personally. 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.

The one aspect that flows from commission to commission, is the center medallion area where the letter from the client’s last name is used as the focal point. Fabrics are selected from my vast inventory of commercial textiles and the design flows outward from that point.

Detail image of the center medallion can be seen here showing the dense, intricate stitching. A full view of the back of the artwork really shows off the hand stitching.

Family Name #7 - (c) 2017 - Hand Stitched Thread on Commercial Textile – 38.25" x 39" - Private Collection USA

Twirling Color (c)2015-2016 by Jean M. Judd, N.S.A. 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.

In discussing the intent of the piece, it was decided that less hand stitching then I normally do would be best for this particular textile artwork. The graphic design is the focal point in this case, and did not need the extra texture and shadowing created by dense hand stitching.

Original intention was for this piece to be the central artwork in the guest room, displayed on the large bed. When the artwork was delivered in November of 2016, the clients were more leaning towards displaying it on a wall in a horizontal orientation. Images of the back of the artwork show off the hand stitching, especially in the detail image.

Twirling Color - (c) 2015-2016 - Hand stitched thread on textile - 94.5" x 72.25" - Private Collection USA

Height Chart #4 (c)2016 Jean M. Judd, N.S.A., Artist & Author 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.

I have incorporated into the chart, a frame to hold a wallet size photograph of the little girl each year through her 18th birthday.  The first slot has a zero in it for the photo taken on her day of birth.

The piece is hand quilted and hand bound. Stitched inside each frame is the corresponding year for her age as she grows. A detail image can be seen here.

The child’s full name is hand stitched down the side along with her date of birth. I selected different images to hand stitch on her chart including shamrocks, roses, and stylized hearts.

At the top is hand quilted a dog portrait with pine and oak trees, a sun, clouds and flying birds. At the bottom is a gate with two hummingbirds flying above it.

A full image of the entire piece can be seen here at this link.

Height Chart #4 - (c) 2016 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile – 84.5" x 10" - Private Collection USA

Family Name #6 (c)2016 by Jean M. Judd, N.S.A., Artist & AuthorThe 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.

The only aspect that flows from commission to commission is the center medallion area where the letter from the last name is used as the focal point. Fabric is selected from my vast inventory and the design flows outward from that point.

Detail image of the center medallion can be seen here showing the dense, intricate stitching. A full view of the back of the artwork really shows off the stitching.

Family Name #6 - (c) 2016 - Hand Stitched Thread on Commercial Textile – 48.5" x 46.5" - Private Collection USA

Retrospection (c)2014-2016 Jean M. Judd, N.S.A., Artist & Author 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.

A detailed image of the stitching can be seen here. A stunning view of the back of the artwork can be seen at this link which really shows off the intricate hand stitching.

This piece started off as a commission work but half way through, the client had to discontinue the contract. I finished the work because it was such an intriguing piece. It needed a generous wall space to really set it off and let the artwork be the focal point of the setting. I was glad that it found a new home just a few weeks after I completed it, even before I had put it on my website.    

Retrospection - (c) 2014-2016 - Hand Stitched Thread on Commercial Textile - 100" x 100" - Private Collection USA

Doll Quilt #1 & #2, (c)2015 Jean M. Judd, NSA, Textile Artist 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"
(c) 2015 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - Private Collection USA

Height Chart Example 3 (c)2014, Jean M. Judd NSA, Textile Artist & Author 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.

I have incorporated into the chart, a frame to hold a wallet size photograph of the little girl each year through her 18th birthday.  The first slot has a zero in it for the photo taken on her day of birth.

The piece is hand quilted and hand bound. Stitched inside each frame is the corresponding year for her age as she grows.

The child’s full name is hand stitched down the side along with her date of birth. I selected different images to hand stitch on her chart including shamrocks, ribbons, acorns, puzzle pieces, baby foot prints, and blocks.

At the top is hand quilted a house with a puppy portrait inside the house since she is enthralled with puppies at the present time. Trees are hand stitched on each side of the house along with clouds and a sun.

A full image of the back of the height chart can be seen here.

Height Chart #3 - (c) 2014 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 84" x 10" - Private Collection USA

Wyoming Valley #6 (c)2010-2014 by Jean M. Judd, NSA, Textile Artist & AuthorThis 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.

The client’s only request was that I use a specific piece of farm fabric and corn fabric that I had in my textile collection. He grew up on a crop farm and these fabric designs had special meaning to him. His favorite color was blue so blue thread was used in the hand stitching of the piece. Total process time was over 1,217 hours over the course of the four years. Other commission pieces were also being worked on during this time frame as well as artwork for exhibition.

This textile artwork is very densely hand quilted as can be seen here in this detail image as well as the image of the back of the artwork.

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 (c) 2013 Jean M. Judd, Textile Artist & AuthorQuetico: 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.

It now resides in the Quetico Provincial Park’s Permanent Art Collection. Detail image of the stitching and a full view of the back of the artwork. Quetico: An Artist's Experience: Book 1 has been published covering the artist residency and the construction process for the artwork.

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.

The clients requested pink and green fabrics as they were very reminiscent of spring. The rest was up to me as the designer. It may seem like this was an extremely long process but interspersed with this project of two large wall pieces were also several pieces for exhibitions as well. This piece required 924 hours to complete over the almost three year period, which would have worked out to about six months of time working 40 hours a week exclusively on this piece.

The piece is densely hand quilted as can be seen here in this detail image and on the back of the artwork here.

   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 Valley #5.  

This was an exhibition featuring quilts from the new Lark book 500 Traditional Quilts curated Karey Bresenhan, Director Emeritus, International Quilt Festival. It was part of the 40th Anniversary celebration for the largest quilt show in America. The exhibition opened on the evening of October 29, 2014 with a special Preview from 5pm to 10pm and was open through November 2, 2014. Annual attendance at this 625,000 square foot exhibition totals over 60,000 people over the five days. The exhibition filled a space equivalent to 13 football fields with both traditional as well as contemporary textile artworks.

The address of the convention center was:
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010  

Visit the Quilts Inc. web site at (http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=FallFestival) for more information about the exhibition and convention center or call 713-781-6864 ext. 106 to speak to Vicki Mangum, Special Projects Coordinator.

--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 is an exhibition featuring quilts from the new Lark book, 500 Traditional Quilts, curated Karey Bresenhan, Director Emeritus, International Quilt Festival. The exhibition opens on the evening of January 8, 2015 and is open through March 29, 2015.

The address of the museum is:
Texas Quilt Museum
140 West Colorado Street
LaGrange, TX   78945

Visit the Texas Quilt Museum web site at [http://www.texasquiltmuseum.org/exhibits.html] for more information about the exhibition and museum or call 713-781-6864 ext. 106 to speak to Vicki Mangum, Special Projects Coordinator.

Untitled Commission 2011, Jean M. Judd, Textile ArtistThis 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.

 
It was on public display for two days in October of 2011. The piece now resides in a private collection in Minnesota. 
 
Detail image of the vine quilting can be seen here.

Untitled 2011 (Lovers Knot) - 2011 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 108" x 86" - Private Collection in the USA.