When fine art collectors and gallerists see Jean M. Judd's textile artworks for the first time, they call them unframed paintings. Thread on textile is her medium, much as "oil on canvas" or "acrylic on hard board" is a painter's medium. The medium of her work can be further defined by the ground used: commercial textile, hand dyed textile or rust pigmented textile. The thread is applied to these grounds using a small needle in a time-intensive process.
Fractured Gello #5
is a continuation of the Fractured ‘Gello series referencing the underlying
traditional needlepoint embroidery and quilting pattern, called Bargello. The
Bargello name originates from the Bargello Palace (1255), now an art museum, in
Florence, Italy where chairs were discovered with a “flame stitch” embroidery pattern.
The fracturing is no longer happening in an orderly fashion,
but becoming an undulating line. The black lines are hand applied using
handmade bias tape. Detail image. Dense
hand stitching in three distinct patterns flowing from the center outward,
enhance the piece and give it visual and physical texture resulting in
interesting shadowing effects in various lighting conditions. Detail image.
After a long hiatus from this
series, completion of Fractured ‘Gello #2
brings this series back into the recent arena of completed artworks.
Constructing the ground and fracturing the piece was the smoothest part of the
entire process in 2009. Developing the intricate hand stitching design took
several years of contemplation with the artwork hanging on my design wall.
Finally in September of 2015,
the design concept came to life and required almost 600 hours of intense hand
stitching completed January 9, 2016. Detail images of the dense, textural stitching
can be seen here.
The back of the
artwork shows the incorporated hanging system that just needs the accompanying telescoping
rod inserted and it is ready to hang from any gallery system or with just two
nails. The rod may be used to rotate the artwork and display the work in a
different orientation shown here.
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
Fractured 'Gello #2 - (c) 2009-2016 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 54.5” x 52.25”/138 x 132cm - $18,300
Moon Shadow has indeed been a long time in production. This
piece was begun in 2009 using remnants from another artwork but expanding the
scale of the work into a larger piece. The
white and blue moons were design elements from the start and I would move them
around the artwork from time to time. The addition of the river didn’t come about until October of
2014. The textural hand stitching design came to the forefront in December of
2014 and from then until Mid-March of 2015, this was the project that took over
a good portion of my studio time.
Detail images of the dense, textural stitching can be seen here and here. This artwork is intended to be hung in either a
vertical or horizontal orientation; which gives it many different appearances. See examples at these
links: Orient 2. Orient 3. Orient
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 seen on YouTube. Acquire Artwork
Moon Shadow - (c) 2009-2015 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 24.75” x 41.25”/61 x 105cm - $8,500
This textile artwork was originally conceived in 2008. I was stymied part way through the design process so I set it aside on my cutting table until January 2, 2014. Tired of moving the individual components on and off the table, I decided it was do or die now. This artwork was either coming together into a design or being thrown away. Seven weeks later, after working 45+ hours a week on the project, the end result turned out spectacularly.
The stones are constructed by hand using tiny almost invisible stitches and a combination of my hand dyed fabrics as well as some commercial fabrics. It is densely hand stitched to bring out the physical and visual texture as shown in this detail photo.
Looking at images of the back of the artwork, the full scope of the hand stitching is very evident here. For a brief video discussing the artistic process, you can visit YouTube.
Stepping Stones - (c) 2008-2014 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 27.25" x 21.5" (68 x 54cm) - $5,100
This artwork is the first piece in an ongoing series exploring the diamond shape. It is based on the knowledge that blue and pink diamonds are the most rare and sought after diamonds in the diamond industry. The layered formation of the diamonds is examined here along with ghost images of the diamonds yet to be formed in the coal layer as seen here in a detail image.
The view of the back of the artwork shows the craftsmanship of the stitching. This piece is designed to be easily hung in any orientation by the collector. This makes the textile artwork very versatile and can be utilized in many different sized areas as well as change the impact of the piece. When hung on point as shown here, the piece measures 70 ½” tall by 41 ½” wide. AcquireExhibition History
Diamond #1 (Layered Formation) - (c) 2009-2011 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 31" x 39" (79 x 99cm) - $4,500
This textile artwork is the third piece in an ongoing series featuring the diamond geometric shape. The shape is the basis for construction of the art quilt as well as the basis for the dense hand stitching which adds both visual and physical texture to the artwork. By viewing detail 1 and detail 2, you can see the intricate hand stitching and the texture it creates in the piece.
From the detail image of the back, you can see the hanging corners that are integrated into the piece for easy installation.
The piece is easily displayed with the provided slat and needs only two nails or screws to be installed.
Diamond #3 (Block on a Rock) - (c) 2009-2011 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 22.5"x16" (56 x 41cm) - $1,600
This textile artwork has been a long time in the design and construction process. It was started in 2002 and just completed in August of 2010. The art quilt is done entirely by hand. The tan oval is hand appliquéd to the cherub background. The angel form is densely hand quilted and the intricate radiating lines and the abstract swirls in the cherub background are also done entirely by hand.
The full extent of the hand quilting can be seen here in the image of the back of the art quilt as well as in the detail image of the angel’s head here. Some of the abstract swirl can be seen in this detail image here.
The format of the piece is reminiscent of iconography created for Byzantine and Orthodox Christian traditions from the 17th century forward.
Last Angel - (c) 2002-2010 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 39.5"x 26.25" (100 x 66cm) - $4,600
This piece is the beginning of a new series of art quilts based on the art deco design. This first piece is 30"x27" and is densely hand quilted.
The art deco design is carried out to the edges of the piece from the center design. Hand quilting alone carries on the design. A very tactile piece that everyone wants to touch and feel. Detail image here. The backing is traditional unbleached muslin and is signed and dated by the artist. See detail photo. AcquireExhibition History
Art Deco #1 - (c) 2008-2009 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 27"x 30" (68.5 x 76cm) - $4,850
This piece is the first piece in my new series, Fractured 'Gello. The next 2 pieces are in progress and can be seen on my Works in Progress page. The piece is heavily hand quilted in an off set geometric pattern.
Because of its abstract quality, this piece is designed to be displayed either vertically as shown to the left, or it can be hung horizontally. Click the link below to view it in a horizontal orientation.
A short video discussing this art quilt can be viewed on YouTube.
**Currently on loan to US Embassy in Lima,
Fractured 'Gello #1 - (c) 2009 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 37.5"x 33.5" (94 x 84cm) - $3,650
This is the first quilt in my new series, Stained Glass Mosaics. This quilt has 66 different fabrics, none of them repeated, in this compact quilt. The center of the quilt has a stained glass effect produced by the black bias tape separating each piece of fabric.
The quilt is hand quilted in a spiral design starting in each of the four corners and in the center of the quilt. The spirals spill out into the grey "explosion" background. To view a brief video about the artistic process for this artwork, you can visit the online site YouTube.
The fabrics are 100% cotton commercial fabrics, polyester batting, and traditional unbleached muslin for the backing. Signed and dated by the artist. Detail PhotoDetail Photo Back
Stained Glass Mosaic #1 - (c) 2006-2007 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 21.25"x 21.25" (53.5 x 53.5cm) - $1,075
This is the fourth quilt in an ongoing series exploring the use of bias tape and freeform design.
The black leading is handmade bias tape made by the artist and hand appliqued to the Venetian Glass fabric. The piece is hand quilted in 1/8" echo quilting. The piece is hand bound, signed and dated by the artist.
This piece is featured in the Summer 2008 ARTnews magazine in the Artist Directory on page 183.
This piece is featured in the Burnett County Sentinel, Grantsburg, WI September 3, 2008. “Jean Judd in national juried art show” article. Jean's piece has been juried into the upcoming Lines Into Shapes art exhibit at the Art Center in Estes Park, CO, Sept. 19-Oct. 5, 2008. Detail PhotoBack ViewAcquireExhibition History
Stained Glass Mosaic #4 - (c) 2008 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 13"x13" (33 x 33cm) - $800
This is a wonderful quilt celebrating the art of gardening as well as crossword puzzles. This is the first in this series of Theme Crossword Puzzle quilts.
The black squares are a tone on tone black print with light grey roses. In the center of each black square, there is hand quilted a four petal flower. Flower names are handquilted in the white squares which are a tone on tone tiny leaf pattern. Detail image here.
The floral border is handquilted in a crosshatch pattern that really adds texture to this piece.
The backing is traditional, non-bleached muslin, signed and dated by the artist. Detail image of the back can be seen here. AcquireExhibition History
Floral Crossword Puzzle - (c) 2005 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 57"x 57" (145 x 145cm) - $6,025
This wall art piece was designed as a challenge where one piece of fabric 18"x18” (the brown marbled fabric) was given out. The requirements were to design a piece no larger than 30”x30” using this fabric along with any others to create a unique piece that reflected the theme of “Coffee Time”.
I thought about all the mornings of sitting over a cup of coffee, watching the swans and loons on the lake outside the window starting their morning routine as I prepared for another day of work. The ritual of hunching over that first cup of coffee; looking down into the cup as the coffee swirled after having stirred in the cream is represented by the swirl echo quilted inside the cup.
Time plays a part in all of this as well – never enough time to just sit back and enjoy life, so a subdued image of a clock was quilted inside the coffee cup as well. The cup and coffee are hand appliquéd to the background. The quilting stitches are in an overall grid design that gives this piece a finished look of being set on a tablecloth. Detail PhotoBack ViewAcquire
Isn't It Coffee Time? - (c) 2005 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 21.5"x 21.5" (54 x 54cm) - $1,400
This is the first in a series of quilts using this block. The entire quilt is made from one block with each block individually designed to create the overall design. The quilt is set on point with setting triangles to make the quilt square.
The block used in this quilt, Wyoming Valley, is from the 1930’s Chicago Tribune column, Nancy Cabot. The block has 65 individual pieces consisting of squares and triangles. A total of 2,665 pieces are in the main body of the quilt. Placement of the six different colors affected the change in the design of each block. The focus fabric is the Angel Tapestry fabric used in the center of each block.
The hand quilting done over the entire quilt top is in a grid design. The finishing quilting was documented at over 350 hours, which comprised 1/3 of the quilt top. The backing of the quilt is traditional, unbleached muslin and is signed and dated by the artist. Detail PhotoBack ViewAcquireExhibition History
Choir of Angels Tapestry - (c) 2002-2005 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 81"x81" (206 x 206cm) - $14,000 **Currently on loan to US Embassy in Lima,
In the center is a “Serenity” tree, that is the place where we all can go for solace and peace during the troubled times of our life. The fabric in the tree canopy is a reproduction fabric from the William Morris Collection (1834-1896). It is heavily echo quilted. Framing the tree is a white border representing the “fence” that keeps the atmosphere around the tree peaceful. Interlocking leaves are quilted in the white border.
The next two borders are asymmetrical and represent the different influences in our lives. The red is for the anger we experience sometimes in our life. The black for the dark periods we experience.
Two opposing corners have pinwheels that represent the out of control feelings we sometimes have, and the other two corners are the rigid “black and white” views that we encounter. To view a brief video about this art quilt, visit YouTube.
Serenity Tree - (c) 2004 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 31"x 31" (78.75 x 78.75cm) - $1,825 **Currently on loan to US Embassy in Lima,
If you have a specific space you are interested in filling with contemporary textile art, please send me via email email@example.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 particular 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 intended space.