Posts Tagged ‘collage’

I’m not sure where I first saw the work of Kurt Schwitters.  The Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice?  The Cleveland Museum of Art? But I was drawn to it immediately.

The back story of these collages are compelling. He was an early 20th century German artist from Hanover, who like many of his generation, was turned upside down by the devastation of The Great War.

He explained,”In the war, things were in terrible turmoil. What I had learned at the academy was of no use to me and the useful new ideas were still unready…. Everything had broken down and new things had to be made out of the fragments; and this is Merz. It was like a revolution within me, not as it was, but as it should have been.”

He picked up scraps from the streets and made art with it.

This is the total of what I got done in January: 27 art quilts in 30 days, participating in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days, international art challenge.

Each piece is not linked to its “day.” <sorry!> Day #1 is top left, and it continues left to right along the top row. All the way down to the bottom right. The Tree Map piece is pictured as it is now, incomplete, with 6 pieces.  It will have a total of nine. You can go to my blog to view each piece, and read about its inspiration.

I was going to leave out the demonstration sample from my art quilt class, but then stuck it in anyway so the number would equal 27. It is tagging along at the bottom right.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this, especially my fellow Art Plus Gallery members, Karen Weber and Gloria Urban, and Sue Goodling.

I hope everyone has a great year making art!

30 days total

I had thought to make today’s blog post about my experiments adapting “convergence” quilts in my work.
I had wanted to show different steps in the process — you know, like a cooking show.
But, alas, my working space is currently occupied by another project in midstream.
And that must be completed before tomorrow morning when my art student arrives for her lesson.
I call her “the creative storm” because what she leaves in her wake is akin to the detritus from a mighty tidal wave.
So,here we are on a Thursday morning, my appointed “blog posting time.” Here goes an abbreviated version, minus the Cooking Show step by step perfection.
I borrowed Ricky Tims’ “Convergence Quilts” from the Quiltescence Quilters lending library.
Basically you cut strips of stacked fabrics, sew them together, then cut cross ways, and sew again. There are all kinds of variations.
The Quilts in Ricky’s book are full sized quilts, using this technique throughout.
Attractive as they are, the overall geometric style is not for me. But I began to think of how I could use some of the techniques.
I experimented, and found a design that I thought might work for a theme I have had in mind: Old wood. Specifically, our wood pile. There are so many variations and interesting designs in those aging sections of logs.
The pictures show the cover of Ricky Tims’ “Convergence Quilts, Mysterious, Magical, Easy and Fun,” Published by C&T Publishing.
Secondly, a piece of my own convergence quilting, using four different fabrics.
And finally, a finished 12 x 12 piece, tentatively called “The Wood Pile.”
Even when I’m cooking things don’t turn out like the cooking shows. I actually have to take time to wash the dishes!

Example of convergence piecing technique. Martha Ressler

Example of convergence piecing technique. Martha Ressler

Convergence Quilts

Cover of Ricky Tims’ Convergence Quilts, C&T Publishing

log pile

Martha Ressler, Wood Pile, 12 x 12, fabric, paper and found object collage on wood panel. 2015

Martha Ressler,Spilled Red, Studio Art Quilt

Martha Ressler,Spilled Red, Studio Art Quilt

I noticed this tree last fall as I walked in our country neighborhood. The morning sunlight lit up the tree and the perfect ground halo of fallen red leaves. I decided to remove the house, extraneous items, and desaturate the entire scene in order to highlight that glorious tree.
There are fabrics and papers throughout. I’ve embroidered some bits of color in the black, white and grey to tie everything together.

Edge of Morning

I just got this piece into an exhibit (Edge-to-Edge) of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. It is called Edge of Morning, and is small, just 12 x 12 x 1.5. As I have been doing, it is inspired by walking the aging industrial streets of Pittsburgh, and picking up found objects as I go. The focal point is that line created by the rooflines as they march down the block.
The show opens Friday Feb. 21 at Borelli-Edwards Gallery, 3583 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 from 5-8 PM. See ya there!