Archive for the ‘Paintings in cloth’ Category

purple tweetie and flowers lo res

Tweetie is another product of my screen printing class which I am taking at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. Purple Tweetie is printed on a book page, and augmented by gel printed fabrics, which are also embroidered. There is a lot going on in this small piece.

Martha Ressler

Purple Tweetie with Flowers

Art Quilt

7 x 5″

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from hills and valleys 20 x 30 lo res

I decided to work a little larger than usual for this piece. It is a scene in the Kempton Valley that I’ve done before, from a different angle. Either way, I love the place, near where my cousin lives. I tried a different edging on this one.  I do want some feedback on that.  Does it work, or not?

Martha Ressler

From Hills and Valleys

Art Quilt

20 x 30″

barn shadows 16 x 20 lo res

I spied this small old barn in an alley in Kutztown, PA. It made me think about the close ties between farm and town in my neck of the woods.  And how those ties were even closer whenever this barn was built.

I use vintage feed sacks for the barn. The shadow on the right side of the piece makes you wonder what is next door, out of the picture.

Martha Ressler

Barn Shadows

Art Quilt

16 x 20″

cat book page lo res

The last of my screen printed cats. I’m almost sorry to see them go. This one was printed ona book page. Since I don’t necessarily want the viewer to become engrossed in trying to read the text, I turned the page upside down. (For one thing, it gets a little steamy!)

We are at day 20 of Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. I recently realized that even though February has only 28 days, she does mean for us to continue for 30 days.  I’ll have to make two more pieces than I had been planning on!

Martha Ressler

Cat on Book Page

Art Quilt

7 x 5″

A Separate Piece 20 x 16 lo res

There are sometimes issues in the country. A lone farmer wants to hold out from development. Or, conversely, wants to sell their farm to a developer. Life in town is different from life on the land. Its a separate piece of land, of reality, or of cloth.

Martha Ressler

A Separate Piece

Art Quilt

16 x 20″

I am excited that my art quilt “Celebrating the Destruction of Apartheid” has been selected for inclusion in a show at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA. The opening is April 21, which I plan to attend.

This lighthearted moment on our trip to South Africa belies the tragedy embedded in this place. The two figures are seated in front of the High Court Annex in Cape Town, where South Africans had to report annually to be classified as members of one of seven “races.” Our guide, seated on the right, relayed how his own family had been split up by this cruel, subjective process. He is joined on the left by one of our tour group members, a young doctor from Atlanta.

In the past, as persons of color, they would have been violating the South African laws of Apartheid, a system of rigid segregation and oppression of the non-white population. Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, and the Apartheid laws were abolished in mid-1991, pending the historical first multiracial election in 1994, when Mandela was elected President of South Africa. Today the “whites only” bench remains as a historical reminder that Apartheid has been tossed into the ashcan of history.

I was involved in the international fight to free Nelson Mandela and end apartheid in the late 1980’s, and incorporated my collection of political buttons from that time into the quilt.

Today, though Apartheid has been destroyed, South Africa is one of the most economically unequal country in the world. The fight for equality continues as it does elsewhere, including the United States.

The rest of the piece tells the story of our visit to South Africa. The Bushveld, at the top, is where we enjoyed a safari. Nelson Mandela’s prison cell and the quarry where he and other political prisoners toiled, fabrics I bought there, South African money and Jackass Penguins and other animals we saw are among the other items in the design.

celebrating the destruction of apartheid small

Martha Ressler, Celebrating the Destruction of Apartheid, Art Quilt, 60 x 37.5″

purple sky red roof lo res

I noticed the shapes of this barn down the road from us, while out walking one day. I think it makes a great composition on its own.  But I did decide to add the purple sky as an added touch.

Martha Ressler

Red Roof, Purple Sky

Art Quilt

16 x 20″