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Designing with Rust

In November of 2009, artist Jean M. Judd, started experimenting with using rust as a dye medium in making some of her hand dyed fabric. This technique has been referred to as "rust dyeing" but is really the application of pigment to the fabric with rust being the catalyst to this process. These pieces of fabric will be made into textile artwork emphasizing the fabric design created by the rust pigment and becoming environmental art using textiles, iron, and rust. These pieces are heavily hand quilted to add texture to the fabric. The rust pigmentation adds a painterly aspect to the work in many instances, which leads to viewers commenting that they are "stitched paintings".

Some of the objects she has been using in the process include architectural ironwork, rusted car parts including a radiator shell from a 1920-1930s vehicle, a clutch plate from a tractor, and other found items that had rust already forming.

They are available for purchase directly from the artist by selecting the Acquire link by the desired artwork, or going to Amazon Handmade and purchasing through their system.

Rusted Lace #5 (c)2011-2017 Jean M. Judd, Artist & Author Rusted Lace #5 is a continuation of the Rusted Lace series. The ground was created in 2011 using dye and rust pigmentation created by using scientific iron filings. The sculptural hand stitching was applied in 2017and then framed. The color nuances in the artwork are evident on personal inspection as detail in this close-up image. There are many varied visual textures and designs flowing throughout the piece. This dynamic artwork is designed to hang in either a vertical or horizontal orientation which makes it a versatile artwork.

Installation of this piece can be in either a vertical or horizontal orientation which really opens up the display options for this work. Although not designed to be displayed in a grouping, merging this artwork with any or all of the other pieces in the series creates a very interesting, contemporary artwork with infinite shape possibilities.

The back of the artwork shows the incorporated hanging system that just needs one of the accompanying wood slats inserted and it is ready to hang from any gallery system or with just two small nails. Detail images showing the stitching on the back of the quilt can be seen here. A brief video about the artwork can be viewed on YouTube. Acquire

Rusted Lace #5 - (c) 2011-2017 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Rust Pigmented Textile – 32.75" x 42.25" (81.5x106.75cm) - $9,000

Rusted Snowflakes (c)2010-2017 by Jean M. Judd, N.S.A. Rusted Snowflakes is a continuation of the rust pigmentation experiments using scientific iron filings and a copper cookie cutter. The rust pigmentation was completed on this piece in May of 2010. My initial reaction was that it was not successful. I added the star framing and set it aside in my pile of artworks waiting for hand stitching. I bypassed this piece for several years as it still seemed unsuccessful. In November of 2016 I finally decided that I had to either do the textural stitching on this piece or throw it away. Not being able to discard it, forced me to complete it

As I progressed, the design began to come alive with each added stitch. I am now proud to call it one of my completed artworks.Installation of this piece can be in either a vertical or horizontal (shown) orientation which really opens up the display options for this work.

The back of the artwork shows the incorporated hanging system that just needs one of the accompanying wood slats inserted and it is ready to hang from any gallery system or with just two small nails. Detail images showing the stitching on the back of the quilt can be seen here or here. A brief video about the artwork can be viewed on YouTubeAcquire

Rusted Snowflakes - (c) 2010-2017 - Hand Stitched Thread on Rust Pigmented Textile 19.75” x 30.75” (50 x 78cm) - $3,000

Rusted Vines & Hinges (c)2009-2016 Jean M. Judd, N.S.A.
Rusted Vines and Hinges
is a continuation of the experimentation of using architectural ironwork to create surface design for textile wall art. Antique wrought ironwork, iron and brass hinges from the 1800s are utilized in creating the images on this heavily hand stitched artwork.

The brass hinge leaves a mint green ghost image in the upper left of the piece while the two iron hinges leave much more detailed and definite images on the lower right. Detail image of the stitching can be viewed here.

Once again, the artwork is designed to be displayed in either a vertical or horizontal orientation which gives the work a new appearance with each change in display. A detail image of the back of the work can be seen here. A brief video about the artwork can be viewed on YouTube.   Acquire

Rusted Vines and Hinges – (c) 2009-2016 - Hand Stitched Thread on Rust Pigmented Textile 27.75” x 24.5” (68.5 x 41cm) - $5,700

Shadow of the Past (c)2009-2015 by Jean M. Judd NSA, Textile Artist & Author Shadow of the Past has required a longer than usual completion window. This piece was begun in 2009 as my first experiment in using “old iron” that I scavenged from the woods around my studio. I used a shroud from a tractor’s radiator and a brake wheel to rust the background fabric. The pigmented fabric hung in my studio for the next several years. I couldn’t decide if it was ready for the hand stitching phase or if it needed something else. I couldn’t visualize it past this point so other work kept taking precedence over it.

The dense textural hand stitching design finally floated up to my conscious level and I began working on it April to September of 2015. Detail images of the dense, textural stitching can be seen here and here.  

The back of the artwork shows the incorporated hanging system that just needs the accompanying wood slat inserted and it is ready to hang from any gallery system or with just two nails. The slat may be used to rotate the artwork 180 degrees and display the work upside down as well.

Detail images showing the stitching on the back of the quilt can be seen here.

A brief video about the artwork can be viewed on YouTube.   Acquire

Shadow of the Past – (c)2009-2015 - Hand Stitched Thread on Rust Pigmented Textile 42.75” x 25.75” (109 x 66cm)  - $9,000

Rust Dyeing Experiment #1, Jean M. Judd
This is a sample of one of the experiments done by textile artist Jean M. Judd beginning in November of 2009 using the rust dyeing (pigment application) technique. The finished artwork, Flaming Grapes was completed in April of 2011 and can be seen below.  Exhibition History for many of these pieces can be found here on the Recent Exhibitions page of the web site.       

To To see other experiments in rust application, please go to the Hand Dyed Fabrics page and see the subpage, Rust Dyeing

Flaming Grapes (2011), Jean M. Judd, Textile ArtistThis is a new piece utilizing rust pigmentation and architectural ironwork to create textile artworks. A single piece of ironwork was used three times to create the center panel. Rusted Grapes (shown above) was created using a section of the same piece of architectural ironwork.
 
It is densely hand stitched around the rust pigmentation to give the piece 3-D relief emphasizing the grapes, vines, and leaves reproduced from the architectural ironwork. Detail of the stitching can be seen here.The area of flames is hand quilted in a random linear pattern to give the flames visual texture as well (detail shown here).

The artwork can be easily displayed in any orientation (back view) which gives the piece a fresh perspective each time it is rotated and reinstalled. Orientation 2 and Orientation 4 have the vines flowing in a horizontal arrangement. In Orientation 3 and the main image, the vines flow in a vertical format.     Acquire

 Flaming Grapes - (c) 2009-2011 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 27.5" x 26.5" (69x66cm) - $6,200

Rusted Lace #1 (2010), Jean M. Judd, Textile ArtistThis series of textile artworks continues the exploration of rust pigmentation. Using the paper cutting technique for snowflakes from my youth, I devised a way to transfer the paper design onto my hand dyed fabric using iron filings. The tactile quality of the medium is maintained with this process. Further design elements are created by the intricate and dense hand stitching. The 3-D dimensionality is markedly evident when seen in person; even more so when displayed on a neutral wall. The nuances of the many colors in the base fabric can only be appreciated up close, which tends to lead to the involuntary desire to feel the texture of the artwork. To see detail images of the art quilt, click on Detail 1 and Detail 2. Click below for an interesting look at the back of the textile artwork where the design is also very evident.      Acquire

 Rusted Lace #1 - (c) 2010 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 19.5" x 19.5" (49cm x 49cm) - $3,700

Rusted Lace #2 (c)2010-2012, Jean M. Judd, Textile ArtistSecond textile artwork from the Rusted Lace series created on a piece of my hand dyed fabric. The main design was created using iron filings in a paper cutout that turned to rust with the addition of water and salt. Dense and intricate hand stitching, shown here, in various colors of thread were used to create the visual as well as physical texture of the piece which is evident when seen in person. The overall design reveals itself subtly on closer inspection. As the piece is rotated, subtle shifts in design and color emerge making this piece truly unique and designed to be easily displayed in any orientation. The back view of the artwork, shown here, shows the textural aspect of the stitching. 

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Rusted Lace #2 - (c) 2010-2012 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 21" x 21.5" (53x53.5cm) - $4,000

Rusted Lace #3 (c)2011-2014, Jean M. Judd NSA, Textile Artist & Author Rusted Lace #3 continues the exploration of scientific iron filings on hand dyed fabric to create lacy looking pieces in the Rusted Lace series. Various values of orange are the predominant colors in this particular art quilt. Whole cloth construction with Proxion dyes created the basis for the artwork.

Dense hand stitching created the visual and physical texture that is evident in the photography. This design creates movement and flow into and out of the artwork with the radiating square motif.   This series is where I first began to experiment with the scientific iron filings. I used them along with freezer paper to create my canvas for the textural hand stitching.

Here is a Process image just after the pigmentation process is complete and I am peeling back the freezer paper to reveal the design. Detail image of the stitching can be seen here.  

Installation of this piece can be in either a vertical or horizontal orientation which really opens up the display options for this work. Merging this artwork with any or all of the other pieces in the series creates a very interesting contemporary artwork with infinite shape possibilities.   Orient 1Orient 3Orient 4.  

The back of the artwork shows the incorporated hanging system that just needs the accompanying wood slat inserted and it is ready to hang from any gallery system or with just two nails. Detail images showing the stitching on the back of the quilt can be seen here.

A brief video about the artwork can be viewed on YouTube.   Acquire

Rusted Lace #3 - (c) 2011-2014 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 16.5" x 43" (41x109cm) - $4,600

Rusted Lace #4 (below) continues the exploration of scientific iron filings on hand dyed fabric to create lacy looking pieces in the Rusted Lace series. Various values of orange are the predominant colors in this particular art quilt and are similar to Rusted Lace #3 above. Whole cloth construction with Proxion dyes created the basis for the artwork. Extremely dense hand stitching created the visual and physical texture that is evident in the photography. This design creates movement and flow into and out of the artwork mimicking and echoing the rust pigmentation design.

Rusted Lace #4 (c)2011-2014, Jean M. Judd NSA, Textile Artist & Author This series is where I first began to experiment with the scientific iron filings. I used them along with freezer paper to create my canvas for the textural hand stitching. Here is a Process image just after the pigmentation process is complete and I have removed the freezer paper to reveal the design.

Detail image of the stitching can be seen here.

Rusted Lace #4 - (c) 2011-2014 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 16" x 42.5" (41x109cm) - $5,100

Installation of this piece can be in either a vertical or horizontal orientation which really opens up the display options for this work. Although not designed to be displayed in a grouping, merging this artwork with any or all of the other pieces in the series creates a very interesting, contemporary artwork with infinite shape possibilities. One option can be seen in this image.  Other orientations can be seen at these links: Orient 2Orient 3Orient 4

The back of the artwork shows the incorporated hanging system that just needs one of the accompanying wood slats inserted and it is ready to hang from any gallery system or with just two small nails. Detail images showing the stitching on the back of the quilt can be seen here or here. A brief video about the artwork can be viewed on YouTube.   Acquire

Rusted Grapes (c) 2010, Jean M. Judd, Textile ArtistThe first piece in my Rust Pigmentation series is a diminutive piece measuring just 10.25” by 12.25”. The grape bunch motif is applied on a piece of dyeing canvas. My own hand dyed fabrics are used for the surrounding frame of the piece as well as the binding. The piece is heavily hand quilted in an echo motif around the grapes, branch, and leaves. See Detail. A diamond grid is hand stitched in outer frame representing the wire framework grape vines are trained on in a vineyard.

This piece is designed to be displayed in any orientation. The Back image shows the hanging design. The main image left is the orientation I selected for a typical exhibition. See Orientation 2 and Orientation 4 for examples of the piece hung vertically. Orientation 3 shows the piece 180 degrees from the primary image. Acquire

 Rusted Grapes Art Quilt - (c) 2009-2010 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 10.25" x 12.25" (25.5 x 30.5cm) - $800

If you want to inquire more about this technique, please contact me by going to the Contact Artist link on the side menu bar or email me at jean@jeanjudd.com

If you have a specific space you are interested in filling with contemporary textile art, please send me via email jean@jeanjudd.com , a high resolution image of your space. Include the title of the artworks you are interested in and I can easily email you back various images showing how the artwork will look in that space. Many of my pieces can be displayed in both vertical and horizontal orientations so this will really give a great vision of how wonderful the work will look in your space.