Next on my hit list is Annie (aka Annie B’s Art… Bit By Bit, on Flickr). There’s no way I would have ever known that she’s been mosaicing for less than a year, had she not told me. Her mosaics are, to me, very “from the heart”.
Annie became interested in mosaic as an art form purely by accident. An old table needed repair or, as she says “set on fire”!!! Instead of adding it to the burn pile, she chose to mosaic it with smashed ceramic 4 x 4 tiles. “During that process”, she says, ” something happened to me. I found what I call my Mojo. A place I go to when I am completely engrossed in a project and at peace. It was the most amazing feeling and I selfishly wanted more.”
Her second project was a little box that she mosaiced a pansy on. ” I’m still looking for that flower. It is lost among bad cuts and improper placement.” Really… I think it was lovely. But what I do love about Annie is that she is her own worse critic and I think it’s what moves and shakes her to do better – she challenges herself. I’d say we all have an element of it, but it’s keeping it healthy that is the balance.
To look through her work you can see how with each piece she has grown as an artist, “… I kept on trying new things with each new piece. I have been in love with mosaic art and in particular, stained glass Mosaics for about a year now. This year has taught me much, with much left to learn. I enjoy each step of that education.”
Women In Motion, Annie’s first series of mosaics is still in progress. Her aim is to do a series of women in motion, doing ordinary things. She also wanted them to be any woman, without defined features and so chose to do them in silhouette.
And finally, meet Annie…