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Martha Ressler

Pennsylvania

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A painter first, Ressler specialized in industrial subjects and working-class neighborhoods. But the allure of Fiberart won her away. She has been sewing since she was 13, and loves the textures of fabric.

She walks a lot, and takes photos or does sketches of her surroundings that serve as inspiration. Moving from Pittsburgh to rural eastern Pennsylvania in 2014 opened new vistas.

Many of her pieces exude a sense of place. “There has to be something about the light or the shape of things that grabs my interest.”

She collects found objects and papers and likes to include them in her work. “I see the detritus of everyday life as “markings” made by my fellow humans.” Ressler explains.

Always finding ways to explain the medium and share her enthusiasm for Art Quilts, Ressler teaches classes and workshops locally, using her favorite method, raw edge applique.

One of her pieces is featured in the book, “1000 Quilt Inspirations,” by Sandra Sider. She is a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). She currently has pieces in SAQA shows: traveling with 4 SAQA art quilt shows: My Corner of the World, Turmoil, Wild Fabrications, as well as the Trunk Show and Benefit Auction.

Website: www.martharessler.com Blog: www.martharessler.wordpress.com