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Contaminated Water Series

This is a series of abstract contemporary textile art started in 2010 exploring the subject of contaminated water and environmental art. Textile artist Jean M. Judd is continuing the development of this series over the next few years and it will be available for gallery exhibitions as a whole, provided the individual pieces are still available for exhibition. Scroll down to see the latest artwork.

"Throughout the series, I am using my own hand dyed fabrics mostly in whole cloth format. Some of the pieces will also incorporate rust pigment applications which is also referred to as rust dyeing," replies Ms. Judd when asked how the artwork is created. There are currently five more pieces in the construction process and as they are completed they will be added here. Each piece is designed to be easily hung in either a vertical or horizontal orientation as well as integrated into a larger collage artwork for multi-story display. The full visual effect of these pieces comes through when viewed in person when displayed in a gallery setting.

The exhibition history of these pieces, is available here. 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.

Contaminated Water #1 (2010), Jean M. Judd, Textile ArtistFirst art quilt in the series: Contaminated Water. Note the partial image of a dead floating fish in the top center edge of the artwork. The concentrated circles hand stitched into the artwork, are the swirls made from tossing rocks into the water.

The images of the piece are reflective of the gasoline and oil slicks that can be seen in many waterways where boats are docked.      Detail Image   Vertical Orientation   Acquire

Contaminated Water #1 - (c) 2010 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 20"x 42.25" (51 x 107cm)  - $3,300

With Contaminated Water #2 (below), I began letting the textile artworks flow organically. No more forcing them to be perfect squares or rectangles. I let them form into the shapes they want to be naturally. This has become another part of my artistic signature along with what I already incorporate into  my work: rust pigmentation, freeform dyeing and dense, textural hand stitching. Several more developing series I am currently working on in the studio also incorporate this organic shape quality.

Contaminated Water #2 (Pond Scum) (2010), Jean M. Judd, Textile ArtistThis is the second piece in this new series. My hand dyed fabric has had rust pigmentation applied. The piece is heavily hand stitched in a circular format similar to the first piece in this series. It has an irregular finish on the bottom edge as shown in the image.  Detail Image     Back Image   Vertical Orientation  Acquire

 Contaminated Water #2 (Pond Scum) - (c) 2010 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 15"x 42" (38 x 107cm) - $3,200

Contaminated Water #3 (Sludge) (2010), Jean M. Judd, Textile ArtistThis is the next piece in the Contaminated Water series. This hand dyed artwork also has rust pigmentation applied to it prior to the dense hand stitching done in both a circular design as well a triangular design between the spirals. This piece also has an irregular edge finish on the bottom and is designed to be displayed in either a horizontal or vertical orientation.

  Contaminated Water #3 (Sludge) - (c) 2010 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 15"x 42" (38 x 107cm) - $3,700

To see an image of Contaminated Water #3 in a vertical orientation, please click the link. For a detail image of the physical texture created by the intricate hand stitching, you may open this detail link and this link as well. A visual of the back of the artwork showing the incorporated hanging tabs, can be seen here.   Acquire

Contaminated Water #4: Through the Fence (c)2010-2012 Jean M. Judd, Textile ArtistContaminated Water #4: Through the Fence was inspired by a trip to the Bisbee, Arizona several years ago to view the Queen Copper Mine. Viewing the copper streaked water through the security fence from the shoulder of the road was just another reminder for me of the different colors that water can be. Lots of water is naturally copper in color due to the mineral content of the area. Heavy iron deposits and copper deposits give the water a brown, dirty look and easily can stain clothes as well as skin.

  The hand stitched swirls (shown here in detail) give the piece visual and physical texture. They could be caused by springs, bugs or eddies beneath the surface of the water. A chain link fence motif is hand stitched over top of the swirls as an added visual. This artwork is designed to be displayed in any orientation. A view of the back is available here.    Acquire

Contaminated Water #4: Through the Fence - (c) 2010-2012 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 42"x39.5" (107x100cm) - $9,500

Contaminated Water #5 (2012) Jean M. Judd, Textile ArtistThis is piece is a continuation of the Contaminated Water series. Rust pigmentation on hand dyed fabric sets the tone of the textile artwork. The visual and physical texture created by the dense hand stitching used to create the overall design really makes the piece pop and adds dimension as well as movement to the piece.

You can see the intricate hand stitching by viewing the back of the work here. This view gives you the full effect of the texture created by the hand stitching.

Detail of the rusted fish can be seen in this image. Details of the mutated sand dollars can be seen in this detail shot. The piece is designed to hang in any orientation as well.     Acquire

Contaminated Water #5: Mutated Sand Dollars, Rusted Fish - (c) 2010-2012 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile -41.75”x47.25” (105x120cm) - $10,000

Contaminated Water #6: Suspended Particles continues with the whole cloth tradition that is hand dyed and then rust pigmentation has been added. Detail images show the stitching and rust pigmentation more clearly in a closeup format.  

Intricate and dense hand stitching of a circular design is also brought over from the previous pieces of this series. These interconnecting elements make these pieces work very well together for large installation possibilities.

The piece is designed to be hung in any orientation easily and invisibly with a wood slat and two nails. The image of the back of the artwork shows the hanging system used to accomplish this easily. 
 
Orientation 2   Orientation 3   Orientation 4

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Contaminated Water #6: Suspended Particles - (c) 2010-2011 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile -42.5"x43.25" (107x109cm) - $7,800

Contaminated Water #7: Lily Pads (c) 2011-2013, Jean M. Judd, Textile ArtistThis is the seventh piece in the Contaminated Water series of textile artworks. Rust pigmentation was applied to a hand dyed whole cloth textile. Scientific iron filings were used to create the mutated lily pads.  A process photo can be seen here showing how the design was created.

Dense hand stitching emphasizes the interior of each lily pad while the circular pattern in the background gives the piece physical as well as visual texture. Take a look at one of the detail images of the artwork here.

This piece, as is most of my recent work, is designed to be displayed in either a horizontal or vertical orientation.  An image of the back of the art quilt is shown to see the depth of the hand stitches.    Acquire

Contaminated Water #7: Lily Pads - (c) 2011-2013 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 26" x 41.75" (66x107cm) - $7,000

Contaminated Water #8: Water Spider (c)2013 Jean M. Judd, Textile Artist & AuthorThe Contaminated Water series continues with this piece, #8, which is delving into the changes that can happen to the aquatic animals in our water systems. Biologists have discovered mutations in frogs and fish so why not for the water spider as well. Rust pigmentation was used to create the design using scientific iron filings on hand dyed fabric. Dense hand stitching in a circular pattern going both clock-wise and counter clock-wise give dimension and movement to the artwork as well as physical texture.

Detail images of the artwork can be seen here and here. Clients are always interested in seeing the backs of my artwork to see how it is designed to hang. A detail of the stitching from the back can be seen as well. Vertical orientationAcquire

Contaminated Water #8: Water Spider - (c) 2011-2013 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 28.25"x 41.75" (71x107cm) - $7,000

Contaminated Water #9: Through the Ice (c)2016-2017 Jean M. Judd, N.S.A. After a three-year hiatus in this series, Contaminated Water #9: Through the Ice, becomes to fruition. As with the first piece in this series, there is no rust pigmentation on this piece. I was pondering what the next step should be in this series, and since it was winter, the thought of looking through the ice brought to mind this image. The blue is the water and the red-ish purple is the ice with suspended particles and oil slicks trapped in within it.

Dense textural stitching across the piece ties it into the series and provides contour and shadows to the piece using a swirled or wave-like design. Detail images of the stitching can be seen here and here.

It can be hung in either a vertical or horizontal orientation which gives it great versatility in display options as well as changes the dynamic of the piece each time it is rotated.  Orient 2Orient 3Orient 4. The back of the artwork shows the incorporated hanging system that only needs the accompanying wood slat inserted and it is ready to hang. Detail image showing the stitching on the back of the quilt can be seen here. YouTube video by artist.    Acquire

Contaminated Water #9: Through the Ice - (c) 2016-2017 – Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 33.25"x 42.25" (84x107cm) - $6,500


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.