My mosaics are messages about consumerism and creativity.
We (I) have too much stuff. Most stuff does not need to be thrown away; a lot can be recycled, re-used, or re-purposed. Thus, I create art with stuff. The unique colors and shapes of my stuff (what I call ‘bling’) inspire and delight me. My goal is to inspire and delight others with my mosaics while proposing that we can all "be more with less."
The styles below represent the types of mosaics I have created with recycled, reclaimed, and re-purposed materials.
Tapestry Style Mosaics
This method was popularized by Laurel Skye. However, my twist is that instead of using gems, crystals, and other valuable materials, I primarily use broken jewelry, found items, metal scraps, and other types of discarded bling to create my mosaics. The original style has fringe to look like a tapestry, but I've found I can also create unique mosaics without it. I hope you enjoy these - to me, they are addictive.
Mosaics on Glass
I discovered that architectural and design firms discard their heavy duty glass samples after they are done using them or they go out of style. So, I started creating mosaics on these discarded samples, using discarded art glass, metal bling, and other found items as tesserae. Most of these finished pieces set on tripods so they catch the light.
Mosaics on Wood
The majority of my mosaics are done on reclaimed wood, using the direct or indirect methods. I use discarded art glass (scraps that are too small for professionals to use) and other found and reclaimed materials to create these designs. I like to mount these mosaics onto unusual items or materials, like aluminum, instead of framing them. More character!
I teach about a dozen different mosaic classes. This CHART explains how each class is different and useful to you.