Jersey City artist makes art, clothes out of Jersey politics

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A Jersey City artist has taken the notoriously rough and tumble aspects of New Jersey politics and turned them into art.

Artist Amy Wilson says that she has found inspiration in some of the absurd or vulgar things New Jersey politicians are sometimes caught saying.

For example, Wilson recently announced she would be selling a hand-embroidered iron-on patch that features a quote by Sen. Bob Menendez after the mistrial of his bribery case.

The patch says, “To those who were digging my political grave so that they could jump into my seat, I know who you are and I won't forget you.”

“It would send a real message to your enemies wherever you go,” Wilson joked. “It’s kind of crazy. It’s a really intense thing to say.”

Wilson will be selling her patches and other items at the West Side Craft Fair in Jersey City this Saturday.

She will also be selling knitted hats featuring a quote from a recorded conversation between two Jersey City officials discussing a bid for a city contract, “This is the kind of [expletive] where [expletive] go to jail.”

Wilson says that this is a departure from her usual lacework and embroidery. But she jokes that it may also be a little bit of therapy for handling the madness of New Jersey politics.

The West Side Craft Fair is Saturday at 12 p.m. at the Gallo Center in Jersey City’s Lincoln Park.

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