Judi Gay

The Journey

The inspiration for this piece is the poem Spring Morning by A. A. Milne in the book When We Were Very Young. Specifically, the last verse:

Where am I going? I don’t quite know.
What does it matter where people go?
Down to the woods where the blue-bells grow-
Anywhere, anywhere. I don’t know.

Artist Statement

When I was thinking about this stanza, I had so many different ideas. The first attempt was too complicated, as I tried to put all of the ideas into one piece. I realized that sometimes it’s better to take a less complicated route to get to where you’re going, even if you don’t know what your final destination is. (I was also reminded of Emily Carr’s technique of never using a big word if a little one will do.) I love that the stanza speaks to Saori weaving in general- be bold and adventurous, and look out with eyes that shine.
9 cm by 42 cm Wool, cotton, linen, silk 2021

Asemic Writing: Penmanship Series

Asemic Writing: Penmanship Series: Crayon

Asemic Writing: Penmanship Series- Pencil

Asemic Writing: Penmanship Series: Ink

This series is not so much inspired by words, but rather by the idea of the interpretation of words.

Artist Statement

“Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means “having no specific semantic content”, or “without the smallest unit of meaning”. With the non-specificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning, which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret.” (Wikipedia definition)
I wove a series of papers imagining different writing tools as I wove; pencil, fountain pen, crayon. The paper and the writing were woven simultaneously and the finished papers are pinned to corkboard.

Each piece is 53cm by 73 cm framed. Cotton, wool, polyester, silk 2017

Artist Bio

Judi Gay is a Saori weaver and instructor in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She was introduced to Saori weaving in 2012 and was immediately drawn to its history and philosophy of individuality and inclusion. The Saori way of weaving without intention or restriction opened the door for Judi’s personal style to emerge and develop, ranging from monochromatic and subdued pieces to wildly textured and brightly coloured work.
Since a Saori weaver weaves what is in his or her heart, Judi’s pieces vary depending on her mood and what is happening in her world as she weaves. As she observes, “I am powerless as the muse descends, and I have little or no conscious control over the composition of the final cloth”.
Learning to knit as a Brownie, Judi has always been a maker. Largely self-taught as a fibre artist, she continues to take advantage of the “no secrets- we learn from each other and the whole group” tenet of Saori philosophy by traveling to other studios and sharing Saori ideas and explorations with others. Of the many avenues that Judi has traveled with Saori, sharing with others and helping them find their own paths to creativity is the most important to her.
Judi’s weaving has been shown in exhibitions in Canada and the United States, and pieces are in private collections internationally and here in Canada. She is a registered Saori instructor and studio owner. She is a member of the Saskatoon Spinners and Weavers Guild and a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council.

Judi Gay
Earthshine Saori Weaving Studio
email: Earthshineweaving@shaw.ca
Facebook: Earthshine Saori Weaving
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