I don’t really remember what inspired my first mosaic. I do remember my sister giving me some sunflower plates she didn’t want anymore and I smashed them up and made a rectangular tray for her to sit her tea, coffee and sugar jars on. I don’t think she was too excited when she saw that the plate had found its way back into her kitchen again.
A few years after that I was assisting our women’s pastor at my local church, she was invited to speak at a women’s retreat. Her theme was based on our life as a mosaic, so she wanted me to come along and run a workshop over the weekend where the ladies created a mosaic, so first I had to teach myself, there the flame was lit. The whole weekend was a very rewarding experience. Along the way, it has been my friends that have encouraged me to continue my mosaics and I’m so grateful they have because it’s become my passion.
My inspiration comes from every stimuli around me, from the cloud formations in the sky, sunsets, the beach, the rain forest, music, colors, beautiful buildings, patterns, other artists inspire me to try new things, the materials I use inspires me and often determines where I go with the piece I am creating. In ’06 I traveled to England and visited several examples of mosaic work, I’ll post pictures on my blog they were amazing, my favorite was St Pauls Cathedral in London, Now that was inspirational!
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