Martha Ressler, Hamburg, PA

Martha Ressler — Artist Statement
I see my art quilts as impressions of place – real or imagined.
I like to include items discarded by humans as a kind of archeological thumbprint. An object discarded or lost might merge with pages of timeworn books or sheet music, or swatches of rescued embroidery, linens or clothing.
Along with “found images” and fabrics they are reborn in a stitched story about human imprints on the earth, evidence of new and old secrets there to be discovered or imagined.
I am a Juried Artist Member (JAM) of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). I have been sewing since I was 13, and was a painter before turning to art quilts. They attracted me because of the possibilities for texture and dimension. My main method of construction is called “raw edge applique.”
Moving from Pittsburgh to rural eastern Pennsylvania in 2014 opened new vistas.
I am always finding ways to explain the medium of art quilts and share my enthusiasm. I lecture and teach classes or workshops locally.

You can find my work:
• The Store at GoggleWorks, Reading
• Art Plus Gallery, West Reading
• The Arts Barn, Schuylkill Haven
• Art and Craft Gallery of Hamburg, Hamburg
• Berks Art Alliance
• Studio B Gallery, Boyertown, PA
• Teaching Art Quilts and Hand Embroidery at GoggleWorks, Reading

Work currently in:
The Art & Craft Gallery of Hamburg
335 State Street
Hamburg, PA 19526

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