Contemporary Abstract textile artist, Jean M. Judd, works in a series format a bit differently than most artists. She designs and completes a piece for the beginning of a series and then moves on to the next series. When she has eight to ten different series begun, she goes back and makes additional pieces for each series. This keeps the ideas flowing and she can be thinking about the progression on a different series while working on a separate one.
"When clients send me an image of the area they are intending to acquire artworks for, I am able to show them what various artworks will look like installed in the selected space," says Ms. Judd.
A majority of art quilts constructed by other artists are now quilted using threadpainting techniques and longarm quilting machines. There is great value and artistry in the traditional, hand quilted aspect of her work. The process of handquilting allows the creator, and the artwork to meld and blend together. The additional time spent in the labor intensive process gives the artist more influence over the final outcome. It allows for more introspection and observation of what the piece needs to find its true voice once completed. The handwork aspect is a more relaxed way of stitching and it comes across in the finished piece with a more soft hand to the artwork.
This image shows Blue Angel and Purple Angel, also from the Cross Stitche series, as they could be displayed in the same space at the medical center's waiting room.
Artist Jean Judd's process is not an assembly line process, and a limited number of artworks are created and completed each year. Time is spent at all stages of construction of the artwork. None of the stages can be rushed including the beginning design process all the way up to the the finishing work of binding and making the piece ready for display. The large pieces can be used in a traditional manner on a bed, but even those artworks are predominately displayed on the wall by clients.
This final example shows Purple Angel, Last Angel, and Blue Angel displayed in the medical center waiting room.
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