Posts Tagged ‘fabric collage’

I recently returned from a trip to Cuba.  We went on our own this time, visiting an artist friend in Trinidad, a city in the south of the island.

You can see a video of my trip here. 

But what I wanted to do today is share some pictures of the process of compositing my collages.  I spent a morning on the patio of the Casa where we stayed, spreading out all of my fabrics, found objecs, papers, etc etc, and creating several compositions that I could later stitch.

I thought it would be fun for a reader to play “I spy” to discern what was the change each time, and why it was important.

Here we go!

Click on the image to see the captions.  The final piece is at the end. See how much the stitching adds to the image!

Vintage Cuba

Martha Ressler, Vintage Cuba,

Here is another smaller one. Click on the image to see the caption.

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This is a new piece I call “Ice Cream Day.” It is a portrait of my mother-in-law, who lives with us. Food is a major excitement in her life, and especially Wednesdaysice cream day 26 x 21.5 med and Sundays when it is our custom to eat  ice cream for dessert.

The medium is fabric, paper and found object collage, with free motion machine stitching and hand embroidery for the edges. It is mounted on a linen covered board, and the dimensions are 26 x 21.5″.

Figuratively Speaking

I am please to exhibit two works as part of “Figuratively Speaking” a members show at the Art Association of Harrisburg, opening January 10, 2014 with a reception from 5-8 PM. The pieces I will have in the show are “A Life Pixilated” and “Disrobed.”
There is a particular story behind “A Life Pixilated.” My mother was a very organized person, but when she died she left a box with miscellaneous photos – mostly black and white from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s that didn’t make the grade when she put together her albums. There were also many paper records: her address book and art show materials (she was an artist.)
I finally decided to use the material to compose a picture of her. I worked from her college graduation photo when she was in the full bloom of youth. What went into it were some 2000 half inch square pieces of “the rest of her life” as it unfolded, her children, her friends, and art career. Nearly everyone who was important to her is represented in this work in some way.