What I hope to achieve in each one of a kind mosaic is a sense of balance, a lively flow of color, pattern and texture – and hopefully bring a smile as well.
’ve always loved to “make stuff.” One of my favorite childhood memories is going to the store to find craft supplies and spend hours gluing and sewing them in to some kind of “creation.” Eventually my love of art took me to Syracuse University where I got a BFA in fiber arts, tapestry weaving, surface pattern and soft sculpture.
Following graduation I spent a number of years instructing arts & crafts to kids who like I did, also loved to “make stuff.” The 80’s were spent designing and creating hand-dyed and painted clothing. Many art classes and a trip to see Antonio Gaudi’s work in Parc Guell in Barcelona later, I discovered the amazing world of mosaics!!
My love of color, collecting, and scavenging through rummage sales and thrift shops, now had a purpose! I began practicing the mosaic art of “pique assiete” (a French word meaning “plate stealer”). This bits and pieces technique allowed me to select favorite elements from beautiful time worn china and ceramics and recycle them back to life as a one of a kind piece of mosaic art! This led to the challenge of taking something intended for one purpose and using it differently. Maybe the curvy lip of a vase would be the perfect ruffle for a fairy’s dress, or perhaps plucking the flowers from a porcelain bouquet could be used as a thematic element for a vase or mirror. From there, an interest in other mosaic materials and techniques developed and I began to incorporate the never-ending palette of vitreous and stained glasses, ceramics, found objects, and anything else that looked “glue-able”. With the amazing versatility of the medium I feel I’ve only scratched the tip of the mosaic iceberg!