I’ve been working on a series that is all surface design. My concentration has been on making my found objects and papers completely integral to the piece. The art quilts in this series are not representational, yet not completely abstract. There is an “all-over” composition.
They start with the substrate — vintage feed and seed bags, or for some, old linen table wear. The feel of these things is important to me. I love linen table cloths because of the subtle design woven into the fabric itself. And my collection of feed and seed bags, a gift from my cousin — they were her mother’s collection — is dear to me.
I also rusted these fabrics for an increased look of aging.
The sepia toned photos I found hanging carelessly in a McDonald’s restaurant somewhere on the Outer Banks. They were not credited. I took some photos of them, and had them printed on silk (Spoonflower.com). The seagull photos were taken by Jay Ressler, and are used with permission. (also printed on fabric.)
I took my husband to Ocracoke, NC for our vacation this year. It had more meaning for me than an ordinary beach trip. I’d enjoyed summers there as a kid, but hadn’t been back in 51 years. My memories glowed with the warmth of a setting sun on a pristine beach.
Luckily the charm of Ocracoke (the last in the string of islands off the coast of North Carolina) remains intact. The village has sprouted new restaurants — delicious food, and no chains! — and there are fewer working fishermen, but it’s still a National Seashore, with Rangers to teach about nature. And the beaches have the finest sand, and are clean and not commercialized. People meander around on bicycles or golf carts. You can still stay in a quaint cottage, and buy fresh fish daily in the Village.
This piece, called “Banked Memories” is about the mingling of memories and today’s reality.
Martha Ressler, Banked Memories, art quiltl, 32.75 c 37.5
M Ressler Banked Memories, detail
M Ressler, Banked Memories, detail