Sunday, December 4, 2016

Self Portrait

self portrait with three of my four children made 1985 Judy Martin (from maternity clothes and painted fabric)
From September 29 2011

For years and years my artwork and my life were wrapped up with motherhood. My husband and I have four children, and this piece was made the year the third one was born. It is not my first quilt. 

Notice that the fourth side has no border, just a binding. I see it as a premonition of the fourth baby yet to come.
I cut up the maternity clothes I wore and re-arranged them. 
The mother is nursing her babe and drawing herself doing it.  At the same time.  That's how I was. How I still am.   An artist and as good a mother as I can the same time. 


  1. I can relate to this - feeding the creative and intellectual side while constantly nourishing an ever demanding growing family. We have eight children, the youngest is now eight years old, and the journey of motherhood and creativity (and homeschooling) continues.