I recently received a stART Grant from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, funded by the City of Tucson and Pima County. Part of my grant was applied towards a band saw. I started learning how to use it today, making holiday tree substrates for my December mosaics class, "Using Found and Personal Items."
What, you ask, was my inspiration for this one? First, I had a lot of silver and dark bronze or black bling. I had a lot of flower-like pieces, as well as tear drop shapes. The challenge was that I had square and oblong tesserae (very non-organic looking) and just as much round (more organic) bling.
So, I decided I needed to have sky, rain, clouds, and then flowers and a garden. But what about all of that rectangular bling? Ah, a building! Then I remembered from MANY years ago my visit to Central Park in New York. What was next to the park? Awesome art-deco style buildings! Thus was born, "Spring Rain, West Central Park"...a bit cool and a bit warm, all at the same time.
The Associated Asset Management team recreated their logo as a tapestry mosaic. This was part art class and part team-building activity. Remember, I am a former corporate trainer and instructional designer. I do these types of events, customized, for any local group or business.
"The tapestry mosaic class-turned-team-building-event Andrea put together for my office was absolutely fantastic! I shared with her some of the challenges and personality dynamics impacting our work life. And after brain-storming about the type of mosaic project I hoped we could create, Andrea melded her corporate trainer background with her talents as an artist and provided us with an experience that more than exceeded everyone's expectations. My team had a blast and the mosaic is gorgeous!"
Karen Snider Matthews, AAM/Tucson