About the Textile Artist...
Jean M. Judd, NSA of Cushing, Wisconsin, has been creating contemporary textile art since 1990 and has been selected for several significant cash awards for her work in the fine art arena. In October 2013 she was awarded Signature Member status in the National Society of Artists.
Jean designed her dream studio in July of 2007. Go to the Studio page to see full details. She relocated to the 1st floor of her home and took over the two largest rooms. She now has a 12 foot by 8 foot design wall, 14x12 foot office space and a huge studio space with Full Spectrum Lighting right off the office area. She can enjoy the beautiful view of the lake and can walk right out the sliding patio door. See the article about the evolution of her studio in The Professional Quilter Journal Fall of 2007 and in Art Calendar magazine December of 2007. As her needs for space have grown, a third room was taken over for a wet studio to use for dyeing and rust pigmentation.
She has been quilting for over two decades and decided to branch out into commission work many years ago. In the last few years she has added art quilts to her repertoire. Jean has never followed someone else's design, so all of her pieces are one of a kind. Her specialty is hand work, especially hand quilting and hand applique. She has not machine quilted any of her work. Regular clients particularly value this feature as it is more and more difficult to find quality, hand quilted art. The studio is located in Cushing, WI in a valley filled with wildlife, beautiful scenery, and lots of inspiration. Jean constructs commission pieces of any size for clients. She can be contacted via email for more details using the Contact Artist option located on the sidebar. There also are forms on the Commission Forms page for clients to fill out and submit by postal mail.
As the traditional quilt becomes more art-like, comes off the bed and becomes displayed on walls as art, it is interesting to note that we are coming full circle back to the tapestry tradition of the 1300s. Kings and nobles of the medieval, renaissance and Arts & Craft periods used huge tapestries on their walls. The large pieces moved from castle to castle and provided comfort as well as prestige for their owners and were considered a valuable part of the spoils of war. Art Quilts are becoming very similar in size to these ancient tapestries as well, as they grow in size to fill large wall spaces in great rooms of collectors homes, soaring wall spaces at corporations, and on walls in major medical centers across the nation. More musuems and galleries are showing contemporary art quilts as works of art intermixed with the traditional art of oil painting, acrylics and sculpture.
An exciting project, the Visioning Project, launched by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) in October of 2009 and Jean was one of the pilot members. Then President Lisa Chipetine started the Visioning Project open to all members of SAQA. It started as a year long process for each Visioning Project member to publically state their goal for the project, share their steps to reaching their goal, show their progress monthly including obstacles, and assist others in reaching their stated goal. At the end, a documentary will be done featuring these textile artists. There are 160 members signed up to participate in this project. The project has been deemed so successful that it will continue in 2011 as well as 2012, 2013, and 2014 . To see a video discussing Jean's Visioning Project and its results from 2009/2010, click here. Other YouTube videos produced by Ms. Judd discussing individual artworks can be seen online as well.