A birthday present for a wonderful mom. Her sons said, "Don't come home without the glass dinosaur." My Starosaurus will live out his days sunning by a pool.
This large scale mosaic was greatly inspired by the Hindu reverence for the sacred cow. The precious quality of the salvaged art glass became the tool I used for adoration. THErefore, the "HOLY COW!" wears AN HEIRLOOM CRAZY QUILT MOSAIC BLANKET. The cow is strong, yet gentle. The cow is a nurturer and giver. The cow is fiercely kind. It is my intention that when people see themselves reflected in the "Holy Cow's" mirrored surface, that they will experience the same fierce nature of kind gentle beauty within themselves.
The inspiration for the Holy Cow! crazy quilt mosaic came from the lot of salvaged stained glass that I received from a retired glass artist. As I picked through the scrap glass, I discovered many beautiful bits of art glass. The sumptuous pieces of colorful and unusual glass took on textile like qualities to me. At one point in my artistic journey, I made art quilts. I also, designed and sold art wear clothing. I had even developed my own unique way of crazy quilting that I called Skitzoscrap. For years, I was an avid collector of vintage and antique textiles and lace, which I incorporated into my art wear designs. The small bits of beautiful glass began taking on that same precious nature that I found when handling vintage and antique textiles and lace. I was compelled to make a scrap quilt mosaic that would include vintage art glass, stained glass and mirror. I was excited to bring that celebratory, frugal, regenerative and dynamic nature of the crazy quilt, into my mosaic design. After all, quilts and mosaics are psychically bound art forms.
There are pieces of hand-rolled glass in my crazy quilt mosaic that are over 30 years old. I used many unique and precious pieces of art glass that will never be made again. Over several months, I created an heirloom stained glass and mirror mosaic crazy quilt to adorn my Holy Cow!
The Holy Cow! crazy quilt mosaic has inspired me to create a series of heirloom mosaic quilts from scrap glass. My love of quilting and textiles has come full circle in glass. Bliss.
Grouting the beast! WIP.
Excited to be a featured artist in this wonderful article about the Stamford Downtown Dinosaurs Rule! outdoor sculpture exhibition that runs through an October charity auction.
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"Starosaurus" WIP Glass mirror and stained glass mosaic WIP. Excited to be participating in the Stamford Downtown, Art in Public Spaces, "Dinosaurs Rule!" 2015. This show is sure to be a blast. There will be 40 fantastical dinosaurs on display in downtown Stamford. Stamford, CT is one city that truly supports the arts and artists. I'm Honored to be in the show. The exhibition opens June 10, 2015 thru September. The dinosaurs will be auctioned off for charity in October. My "Starosaurus" is sponsored by the Stamford Town Center. So excited. Now, back to work!
Honored to be a participating artist in Stratford, CT's inaugural outdoor sculpture exhibition 2015!
Great news! I've been informed that my mixed media glass mirror mosaicked bench was chosen to be featured on the Stamford Downtown "A Grand Summer Night" invitation. The "Street Seats" will be auctioned off for Charity on August 13, 2014. This is a high honor. The level of artistry in the show is tremendous. I am over the moon!
Stamford Downtown "Street Seats" painted benches on display before installation. Click photo for gallery of amazing benches painted by very talented artists.
I drew this flower free form onto the bench. It looks like a mandala to me. So, I decided to create tension with the placement of the background glass. The background tesserae is frenetic and scattered, while the center flower is orderly and compact. This is analogous to what it's like to meditate; to sit; to rest. I also wanted to play with grout lines. This is my first time playing with this much grout spacing. I want to see what the visual effect will be. Taking risks is what it's all about for me!
I am happy to use some of the vintage stained glass that Richard and I salvaged from an elderly stain glass artist a few years ago. The lot is from the 60s & 70s. Some is hand poured. Beautiful colors.