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Judy Langille
Kendall Park, NJ
Fiber Art

Artwork Details
Stripped Formations II
Whole Cloth
44" x 58"

Langille’s early work consisted of hand printed and dyed fabrics that were pieced or fused together into collages to create unique compositions. Recently, she decided to create work solely from one piece of fabric. These “whole cloth” compositions are achieved by transforming single large sheets of solid white or black fabric into cohesive compositions, using several different printmaking techniques.  This new work follows the tradition of quiltmaking dating back to colonial America when quilts were made from one fabric.

Langille’s current compositions emerge from the hand-dyed cloth she creates. The resulting textile designs represent a great deal of experimentation with silk screening techniques. She spontaneously tears paper to create interesting, irregular shapes with a secondary focus on the edges of these forms. These paper forms create a simple stencil resist to use in the silkscreen process. The use of the thermofax machine as a creative tool enables Langille to incorporate additional silk screened design elements into these images. 

Printing through a blank silkscreen with thickened dyes and discharge paste, Langille adds or subtracts color from the fabric in an impromptu fashion. This process is often repeated numerous times before the piece becomes a finished composition. There is a point in this process when she mindfully and in a controlled fashion organizes the layers of color, shapes and textures so that they stand as a completed composition. Sometimes threads and machine stitching add another element to bring the whole piece together. In other instances the fabric stands alone and is displayed as “art cloth”.

Langille has participated in group and solo exhibitions across the United States including the Quilt National in 2003 and 2007 and Visions in San Diego 2006. In New Jersey she has shown at the Watchung Art Center, the New Jersey State Museum among others. Langille currently teaches at the Newark Museum in the Arts Workshop and the Arts Council of Princeton.