Judy graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from Lakehead University in 1993 and a First Class Honours BA in Embroidered Textiles from Middlesex University, London England in 2012. Her work has been widely exhibited in Canada, Europe, United States, and Japan. The most recent solo exhibition, The Cloud In Me, showed at two venues; the David Kaye Gallery, Toronto in 2017 and the World of Threads Festival, Oakville, Ontario in 2018.
Judy's artwork is in numerous private and public collections, including the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of Sudbury, Cambridge Art Gallery, The Government of Ontario and the Canada Council Art Bank. In 2015 her work was featured in the book Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art by Claire Wellesley Smith.
Judy Martin received the Craft Ontario VolunteerCommittee’s Mid-Career Award forExcellence in 2018.
"I make large scale abstract drawings with thread and cloth. Since 2010 I have been harvesting and processing natural plant dyes from the local fields and my kitchen to use in my work. My practice is informed by the aesthetics of simplicity, time, labour, repetition and the sense of touch. Day dreams, memories and the rush of everyday life are stitched into the work over lengthy periods of time in my lap."
I strive to express our emotional and vulnerable inner world because I believe that is what art does best.