Another piece of Amy Wilson’s NJ political fiber art makes the news

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Faculty, Interviews, Press | No Comments
US Senator Bob Menendez, and a patch featuring his instantly infamous post-trial press release comment (credit:(Seth Wenig | AP, via

US Senator Bob Menendez, and a patch by Amy Wilson featuring his infamous post-trial comment (image credit: Seth Wenig/AP, via

Faculty member Amy Wilson’s politically oriented fiber art is in the news again this week. Via Terrence T. McDonald at The Jeresy Journal:

The now-infamous words uttered by U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez after his corruption case ended in a mistrial last month have inspired the holiday season’s must-have gift for New Jersey political mavens.

Menendez’s warning to fellow Democrats who considered succeeding him if he had been convicted — “To those who were digging my political grave so they could jump into my seat, I know who you are and I won’t forget you.” — is now emblazoned in yellow on a red acrylic felt background, an iron-on patch courtesy of Jersey City artist Amy Wilson.

Wilson, 44, who teaches drawing, art history and fiber arts at School of Visual Arts, created the patch for the West Side Community Alliance’s Dec 9 holiday craft fair. It drew statewide attention after she posted an image of it on her Twitter account Tuesday night.

The article also provides more back story on the quote, and includes an interview with Amy about the piece and the amazing response it’s received. Check it out here.

The patch was also mentioned a couple days ago in an article by Blue Jersey’s , who argues that Amy deserves the title of New Jersey’s first official State Fiber Artist.

And last but not least, the patch is also set to get a mention on this Saturday’s This Week in Politics show on WNYC.

[UPDATE, 12/2/2017: Here’s a link to WNYC’s podcast of the show.]

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