I have been mosaicing since mid 2005, after inadvertently falling into it. Having tiled our deck with slate (50 square metres was no mean feat), I made what ended up being a mosaic installation for my Dad out of broken pieces of slate. That was when I realised mosaic is not necessarily as easy as it looks…
After that I headed to the bookstore to look for a book on beading, but found a mosaic book instead. I was instantly addicted! Finally I found my medium! A good friend and I got together once a week with all of our kids – let them go feral while we mosaiced, chatted and solved the world’s problems. It was great fun and a great outlet for us as mothers.
It was at the end of 2006 that I thought I could start to take my mosaics more seriously and started selling some work. My first exhibition was in Sydney, as part of a group show. I also started selling locally through the Old Bus Depot Markets and a gallery, both of which are situated in Canberra, Australia. That has since grown into a business that involves creating custom art on commission, teaching mosaics, facilitating community projects and selling supplies. I feel very grateful that I am afforded this opportunity and count my lucky stars every day!
What continues to amaze me is that every mosaic artist I have ever come across has that same sense of passion for the medium: yes we are all suffering from OCMD (Obsessive Compulsive Mosaic Disorder) for which there is no known cure but to mosaic more. Initially immersing myself in parts of the international mosaic community early on, I found it so exciting and inspiring that I begun to write about the artist behind the work. There were too many questions I needed answered. That’s when the Artist Watch Series was born. I hope you find reading about these truly amazing people as heartwarming as I have getting to know them… Many of these talented artists have now become close friends.
Finished pieces of my mosaic can be viewed online at my website and I do document most of my projects here on this blog.
Hope you enjoy!