Some months ago I was contacted by a man I didn’t know. Let’s call him Brett. He was inviting many Pittsburgh area artists to make a portrait of his friend, let’s call him John. John had been having a rough go of it, and Brett’s idea was to curate a large exhibition of portraits, all of John.

Brett was well spoken in his email, and the lead time was sufficient, and the venue for the final exhibit was known to me, and attractive.

Even though I’d moved away from Pittsburgh, I said yes, I’m in.  I liked the originality and generosity of the concept.

I made my art quilt, based on a photo Brett provided. Interestingly, I recognized the background, even though it was blurred. I’d walked by that spot many many times.

Last Saturday I delivered the final product to Brett for safekeeping until the exhibit, which is in 2016.

Here is the artwork, entitled “John of Lawrenceville.” And a picture of Brett and his family when they visited my booth at Fair in the Park to pick up the work.

Here are wafting good spirits and kindness back to Brett and John, and all other artists who have chosen to participate in this project.

Martha Ressler, Studio Art Quilt, John of Lawrenceville, 16.5" x 20" Fabrics, papers, and found objects.

Martha Ressler, Studio Art Quilt, John of Lawrenceville, 16.5″ x 20″ Fabrics, papers, and found objects.

John of Lawrenceville Studio Art Quilt, fabric, papers, and found objects. 16.5 x 20.5-detail

Martha Ressler, Studio Art Quilt, John of Lawrenceville, Detail. 2015, Fabrics, papers and found objects.

"John of Lawrenceville," art quilt by Martha Ressler, Brett, and his family.

“John of Lawrenceville,” art quilt by Martha Ressler, Brett, and his family.

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Comments
  1. Jay Ressler says:

    Interesting little project, well done.

    Like

  2. Jay Ressler says:

    Interesting project, great piece!

    Like

  3. Cindy Pugh says:

    Amazing!

    Like

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