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Judith E. Martin Workshops

Meditation Panels

This workshop introduces the archetypal symbols and shapes used around the world and across time. These first shapes connect us without words to our spiritual need for ritual and are the inspirational basis for original and personally scaled meditation panels. Hands on instruction in Judy's improvisational methods of working over foundation cloth in combination with traditional hand stitched construction methods and hand embroidery will start participants on a project that will continue to nurture the maker over a period of months.

This is a quiet workshop. We will be guided by our sense of touch. It is inspired by the successful Manitoulin Community Circle Project in which over 100 women made several hand-stitched meditation panels for the local community during four years of weekly meetings. Suggested length is five days.

Power and Beauty of Hand Stitch

This workshop explores the healing qualities of hand stitching in combination with finding one's personal voice through journaling exercises. Hand embroidery adds meaning and emotion to cloth. It adds visible time to the cloth even as it gives quiet time to the maker. Translating personal concerns into beautiful hand stitched textiles is the primary focus of this class. Bring one or two pieces of your own work, finished and/or unfinished to show and discuss with the class. This is not for critique, but rather to help discover your own voice and what it is that you want to communicate to others using visual media.

This is a quiet workshop. We will be guided by our sense of touch and by our inner thoughts and dreams. Suggested length is five days.


Judy Martin's lectures mix poetry, visual art theory, concern for the environment, and social revolution with her own personal life experience. Each lecture is about 40 minutes in length and is supported with digital presentation and/or a show and tell of her large body of work. Suggested topics are:

  • Adventures with natural dyeing in northern Ontario
  • Art and life are all mixed up
  • Slow stitching as social change: the Manitoulin Circle Project

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