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Creator of unique, hand stitched, textile art...

Touchable Textile Art: When was the last time you wanted to touch a painting or photograph? Did you have an urge to run your hand over the artwork and feel the texture? With textile artwork, much like sculpture and woodcarvings, this is one of the first reactions clients have to my artwork. They want to feel the texture of the hand stitching, feel the fabric, get closer to the piece. Viewers are naturally drawn into textile art and it is a great addition to any art collection.

Moon Shadow (detail) (c) 2009-2015, Jean M. Judd, NSA, Textile Artist & Author                                                       

My web site is a continually changing work in progress focusing on textile artwork. It is updated at least weekly with new exhibition information, new artwork, and new hand dyed fabrics

The image shown above is a detail shot of Moon Shadow completed in March 2015. A complete write up about this work, as well as several other new pieces, can be seen on the Textile Wall Art section under the Textile Gallery heading on the menu bar to the left. As a textile artist, new and exciting experiments are always in process. Be sure to check back often for updates on what is happening in my art quilt studio.

"I don't create art for "everyone's" collection, I create textile art for the RIGHT collection. Take time to look at all of the examples shown here on this site. There just might be something here that is for YOUR collection and your collection alone." --Jean M. Judd, Textile Artist and Author

Books by Jean M. Judd, Textile Artist & AuthorSeveral Book projects are also being completed each year with "An Artist's Journey" series' first book released November of 2012. Book 2 of the series was released April of 2013. Book 3 will be released in October of 2014 with Book 4 scheduled for release in late 2015

A book about my 2013 artist residency in Canada, Quetico: An Artist's Experience is now available worldwide online at and brick and mortar book stores as of September 30, 2013. The artwork, Quetico: New Day...Day's End, created after the residency, can be seen on the Textile Commissions page.

Color Palette Inspiration:
I am asked quite often by collectors and gallery personnel where my inspiration comes from when I am choosing colors for my textile artworks. I hadn't really thought much about where these choices came from as they happen intuitively as I am developing the work. Sometimes it is a specific piece of hand dyed or dye painted fabric that I have created myself in the dye studio.

In reflecting on this more, it often comes from my every day experience too. Each morning I am blessed with the opportunity to witness the rising of the sun over the lake and trees out my studio window. Each evening I spend several minutes watching the sun set over the rolling hills and forest from our back deck. We are very lucky to have unobstructed views of these glorious works of art each day created by nature.

The evolving and changing colors of these daily happenings just become the starting point in many of my artworks. In looking at the Contaminated Water series which is focused on blues, it is evident that this comes from the local lakes and rivers that I visit frequently as well as from numerous trips to the Boundary Waters and Quetico wilderness areas.

"Look outside the frame!"
Not all art has to be contained within a heavy wood or plastic frame, shielded by glass and protected from dirt, dust, or from being touched. My textile artwork is free of these more traditional trappings. It is hung directly on the wall and it can be touched. Most of my work is designed to be moved, rotated from horizontal to vertical, and combined with another piece for a unique display.

Not all art is easy to understand like a landscape, a street scene, or a still life painting of a bowl of fruit or vase of flowers. Some art the viewer has to look at again, and again and yet again. It very well may need more than a two or three second glance. It has to be experienced and sometimes the viewer has to contribute to the artwork too.

What is your frame of mind at this moment as you are looking at the art? Are you frazzled from a long day at work? Are you angry at the guy who cut you off in traffic and almost caused an accident? Were you expecting something other than you are seeing right now? Look deeper, look at a different angle, quit trying to understand a particular piece of art and just sit quietly with it and see what the art has to show you or tell you about itself.

Contaminated Water #1 and #2 (c)2010 by Jean M. Judd NSA, Textile Artist & Author

To the left is an example of displaying two of the Contaminated Water series artworks together in a vertical orientation. Farthest to the left is Contaminated Water #1 and to the right of it is Contaminated Water #2: Pond Scum.

Adding Contaminated Water #3: Sludge to the display on the other side of Contaminated Water #1 would make a very dynamic piece that can also be rotated into a horizontal position. The natural curves of #2 and #3 give it an organic feel.

My studio is focused on creating textile artworks in the art quilt genre. Each piece is designed, constructed, hand quilted, and bound by me, Jean M. Judd, a studio art quilter and textile artist. I do not hire out these aspects of my work. My hand is what makes them truly unique from other textile artworks.

To learn more about my studio or to see a few examples of my process, check out the other pages on my site which can be accessed via the menu bar on the left hand side of every page.

Exhibitions and Representation:
My full exhibition and publication history can be found on the Credentials page. To see individual artworks' exhibition and publication histories, be sure to check out the Recent Exhibition page.The Links page will take you to find selected other artists' web sites, art galleries, and museums.   

I am pleased to announce that as of July 2011 I am also represented by Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona which is run by owner J. Jason Horejs.

My textile artwork can also be viewed and purchased worldwide via the Saatchi Online web site.

Beginning in February of 2011, my artwork will also be available for lease through the Art Rent and Lease company in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Founding manager, Lisa Powell can help you select from several different mediums, including textile artwork, to enhance your art program. Art Rent and Lease has over 3,000 artworks available for consideration.

I am currently represented by the Busacca Gallery in San Francisco, California. A selection of my artwork is available for purchase from them via their online gallery or you can arrange with Mark Busacca, founder of Busacca Gallery, to view my artwork in the gallery on Hyde Street. 

A condensed image list in PDF format of currently available artwork can be opened and downloaded from this link.

To see a short video discussing my series work in 2010 and the benefits of being part of a Visioning group , check out my YouTube video here. There are also several videos discussing my inspiration and process for some of my more recent artworks on YouTube.

Commissions and Works in Progress:
I am making every effort to present a large sampling of my commissions, art quilts, and home decor textile pieces. Some work is not included by request of clients who want their art seen only at their home, office, or gallery.

There are several new series that are unfolding in the Works in Progress section. Please check back often as changes will be occurring frequently on many of the pages each week. There is plenty of information here to explore throughout the web site.

As new web site pages are designed, they will be available for immediate viewing. Clicking on any of the menu links on the left will unfold sublinks to pages with various series work, exhibition history, multiple textile galleries, commissions, and additional services that I currently offer.

My artwork is also available for purchase through my Gallery site by clicking on the link or selecting the Acquire link by each available artwork. Payments are made through Paypal so your credit card and banking information is totally secure.

The textile artwork that is not currently out on exhibition, can be scheduled for a private viewing in my studio. Please remember that this is a working studio so advance notice is required. By special request, I have taken pieces to clients homes and offices for viewing, but only when travel expenses are covered. 

For those familiar with traditional quilt size conventions, you will notice that all of the sizes listed for my work has the height first and then the width. Quilt shows usually list the width first and then the height. Listing the height first and then the width is the customary size conventions used for fine artwork such as paintings and drawings which are displayed on walls. I have utilized this size convention here so that there is consistantcy in my web site, that matches the fine art exhibitions that my work currently fits into.

I can be reached by email using the Contact Artist page located in the left menu bar,or by phone at (715) 566-0212. You can also contact me at my direct e-mail address: 

If you are interested in being included in my yearly postcard mailing, please us the Contact Artist link and send me your mailing address. I do not share my mailing list with any other businesses, artists or organizations. I do not send out email blasts or newsletters so you won't be bombarded by these from me.

I am looking forward to hearing from you!