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Making Life my Bitch

You know how I said I was gonna grab life by the metaphorical balls?! Yep. I’m doing it and so far it appears I’m doing it right!! I decided earlier this year that I was going to choose different in life. Well not really different. Just to not be afraid of certain things and outcomes that may never be. Choose to live fearlessly perhaps, which was more my natural state when I was young. We condescend the young and tell them they are naive. I don’t know that it is a wise thing to be condescending! The battles of life have left their mark, to be sure, but I am determined to not allow them to rule my life. After having come out of a marriage that can only be characterised as abusive, I fell into a funk that I just didn’t know how to get out of. Looking back on it, hindsight being what it is, there were times I didn’t even know I was in a funk! I would often see these annoying quotes: choose happiness bla bla. It’s not that simple people. Grief is a necessary emotion. You have to go through all of it to be able to get to the other side and to the point of deciding that enough is  enough and that you are able to see it (whatever ‘it’ is for any given person) as a choice (which, mind you, is often not even a conscious decision at the time). Either that or you make the same mistakes all over again, which I will NOT do. Well, after 5 odd years I think I’ve finally arrived at that place and am thinking I might just make it my home!! One day at a time though. Trusting in people again does not come naturally anymore as it turns out. Humans can be so cruel and there are many a day when I wonder at human nature. But I’m still here and I have to live in Life. I think I finally understand that with all of my being (brain AND heart AND everything in between) and once again can see that there is such beauty lying there too.

A few years back I discovered some street art that I instantly fell in love with. In fact, the way I described my reaction at the time was “totally, completely and utterly besotted!!!”. I’ll admit that I don’t always see art that makes me feel. Truly feel something, anything! Understand, too,that Canberra has a very singular idea of art and public art in particular. After having lived OS for a number of years, in particular San Francisco, and having resided in the Mission District where (great) art was on every surface pretty much, returning to Canberra was a real kick in the gut in the sense of colour, fun, amazing, wonder was concerned. Anyway, I would come across this artist’s work and get excited. Like, excited-excited, butterflies excited. I always thought how cool it would be to collaborate – since their designs seemed mosaic friendly but pretty much left it there and enjoyed the moments when I discovered another piece out in the world, getting cranky when they’d get “cleaned” up and thinking how cool and how pure (for wont of a better word) that street art can be. Sometimes it’s such a gift and the artists are not asking for anything in return. As a series of fortunate events, I happened upon their work on the interwebs earlier this year, discovering at the very least the name they went by. Abyss .607. Hmm… I like it… Gimme more… FB page and yesss… An in! It took me almost a month to work up the courage to email the artist and ask if they might be interested in a potential commission where I would then mosaic their artwork. It’s a BIG ask and a lot of trust to allow someone else (you don’t know) interpret your work in another medium… In all honesty I probs would have said no (I was expecting a no) but he said YES! I picked up the work the other day… Am just a li’l excited (read: frikkin’ over the moon baby!). It’s massive. WAY bigger than I expected!!

Sometimes it really pays off to put yourself out there.

And now I have a responsibility to do another artist’s work justice. It’s pressure. I hope I don’t disappoint! He mentioned he’d like to come over once completed and spray some finishing touches on the tile. Does it get better than this? Nope. Not at the moment.

All of a sudden the Universe is conspiring to get my creative juices going again. Yes. When I am not being my cynical self, I’m some crazed new age freak (not really) who believes that there is a reason for everything (really)!! I’ve been very conscious of just how uncreative I’ve felt these last few years. Where once I was quite prolific in the work I put out, I suddenly lost my mojo. It is an incredibly disturbing thing to happen. But it’s back it seems and I do intend on having a love affair with it. I have the mural with Abyss to fabricate, as well as another mural that I sketched out one afternoon while in hospital with my Dad. Designs never come so easy. Designs are often my achilles heel – they take me weeks, months… It’s ready to go. Ready. to. Go!!! Not only that but the finishing touches is about to be applied to another mural – yet another collaboration with my gorgeous sister of one of her beautiful mermaids. She’s adding fish and an octopus to it. Then it needs to be scaled and enlarged and all the other stuff that goes into fabricating murals. Three murals yeah? And to top it all off? I have an assistant! Not to mention all the sculptural stuff I wanna try out. My house is gonna be the best on the block yo!

Winning at life biyatches!

Well. Sort of. I need to get busy and actually start. Ha!

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Learning Curves – for all ages!!

*Warning: The following content is a rant on my experience and the opinions contained therein are solely my own. Read at your own risk!!*

Last year I had procured funding at my kids’ school to create a mosaic mural with the students (K-6). It was going to be funded by the P&C Committee who, at the end of 2009, had put out a call for artists and anyone interested in acquiring art for the school to contact them. I did, although never heard back from them. A friend used to be VP of the committee and around September last year I asked him what ever happened to that call. He invited me to the next meeting. Now I should stop here and mention that a good friend of mine warned me that I shouldn’t go near the P&C. That it takes a special breed of parent… I thought to myself, surely it can’t be that bad and the stereotypes were just that. Stereotypes.  Well… havn’t I had to eat my words! Words of warning that I too from now on will echo.

So the story went like this:

I went along to a meeting where I made it known that I was interested in assisting with the acquisition of art. I was asked if I had a background in art and if I had any ideas, which I made it known that yes indeed, I had lots of ideas! Lots of discussion took place and I was invited to submit a proposal.  In my proposal, I left it very open to suggestion and made it clear that these were just some ideas, none of which were concrete. Basically, it went with a small, medium, large mural and my desires to foster a healthy community spirit by including the children and any parents who were interested. There was lots of support and enthusiasm and what was voted on in November of last year was the large mural. The principal at the time approved it and I met with the president of the P&C in December to discuss where to next… I was never at any time until very recently made aware that there were reservations of funding and really this is just more politicking as there is plenty of money to spend on this and still meet the other financial obligations. Besides, what does it say about a committee who expends money without forward thinking and management?! So all through January, I was working towards getting this project somewhat organised in order to get a good start on it when school returned in February of this year, which included me saying I wasn’t available till at least mid year to two commissions that came my way.

I met with the new principal in the first week of school returning, where I got a bit of an inkling that he was not supportive, but he never said so in any certain terms right down to putting it in writing in his report to the P&C that the school was supportive. In any case, I just saw it as a bunch of hoops that they were making me jump through, as opposed to a bunch of hoops they were making me jump through so that I’d get scared off by them and tell them it’s all getting too difficult. I was happy to jump through hoops! I sought and paid for legal advice that satisfied the requirements that were asked of me. I went to the Department of Education and had a really good meeting with a Risk Assessment Analyst who let me know that ACT schools were usually very supportive of having artwork in their schools. The only reason why it wouldn’t happen is if the principal didn’t allow it. He pointed me in the direction to create a risk assessment plan for the project, which would also tell us how risky the project was and what kind of insurance I would need. Done and dusted. I was even asked by the P&C to provide receipts of the cost of my materials (no shit!). I can tell you they have never asked this from any other business. I said I would, for the sake of compete transparency and to prove to them all that I wasn’t going to be making any money on this project and that that wasn’t what this project was about to me. It was about fostering and engendering a strong community spirit within a school that really had none!!!

All during this time, I had a feeling that there was one parent on the committee who was spreading rumours about me and my work, but I couldn’t be 100% sure. The next P&C meeting was near the end of March. At that time this woman spoke about how she was never supportive, it was too much money bla bla… At least she spoke at me and pointed all five fingers at me while she did it! Wow. She did indeed confirm my suspicions of spreading misinformation, as I chose to call it. Other terms were banging around inside my head.

I requested a meeting with the president after that meeting. We convened on the 27th March. I was told at that meeting that money was now an issue and that I could push for the large mural but he didn’t think that he could make this woman “come around” to that and I would need to “back down” from pushing it. What?!!! I wasn’t pushing for anything. That was what was voted on!! I didn’t care what we did. The school is in dire need of artwork because there is none, save for some dodgy artwork from the 80s that looks like Indigenous artwork, but I’m not sure it was made by an Indigenous artist! Certainly none that the kids had participated in creating. Next I was told that I could “stick around and earn my stripes” and re-table the proposal next year. I could also meet with this woman “one on one” and he would be happy to mediate the meeting at his place, on neutral grounds (!!). When I asked why this one person had so much influence over the decision he kept skirting around it and finally made the comment that she had been on the committee for many years, also having been the Secretary at a point in time and that she had earned her stripes. So much for a democracy! Indeed, my friend was right. Full of unnecessary politics where the only way to get a project through was by pandering to some woman who clearly has no power in her life that she feels she can wield it in “her” P&C committee. How sad. It was agreed that I would run an Information Night on the project.

A couple days later, I sought to formalise exactly where I stood on the matter and submitted a document to the principal and to the president.

Well! Didn’t that ruffle a few feathers. I was then told that perhaps an Info Night would not work at the time that had been requested of me (we’re just about to go to Autumn break). I said that was fine and we could discuss putting something together for the new term. I also then made the mistake of trying to get involved in the committee by asking if the minutes and agenda of each meeting be made available to everyone in the community (who by default are a part of the committee) by uploading to the school’s website or by creating our own site, as opposed to the way it is now where it is only emailed to the select few. It took me 5 months to finally get onto that email circuit. I also asked after a project that was approved last year. It was for the committee to give a fixed amount of money to the school for teaching resources, specifically building equipment such as Lego etc… That too came from a “new” parent. Nothing had been heard of since that meeting in Nov on this particular exercise. Let’s face it, the school is in dire need of resources!! My daughter came home with a reader about McDonald’s the other day. Can you believe that?!! And apparently that was after the P&C spent $15k on new readers. Where the f%!ck are they?! Long story short, I was schooled on what a Democracy is (ha!!, how ironic considering factual events that have taken place!), how meetings are run in general business and academia (!) & I was told that the new parent was contacted on several occasions as was her husband (well that’s a lie! She was never contacted) and how condescending is all that anyway?! Did I need to be schooled on this because I am “just an Artist”? Of course I wouldn’t know how to run a professional meeting, much less be inclusive at said meetings! In the meetings I have attended there have been several remarks made about involving new parents and statements such as “if parents don’t like it, they should come along to a meeting”. By Gawd! Warning to all parents not currently involved:

  • It takes a special breed of parent to get involved.
  • You can put forward a project and have it voted on, but it won’t be actioned.
  • There is an unspoken hierarchy that involves the need to earn your stripes.
  • The C in P&C stands for circus.
  • Nothing is fair or equitable nor is it consistent.
  • The money does not in fact belong to the community. It will be spent how those who have earned their stripes see fit.

The democracy that they work on seems more to me to be the democracy current in the Cote d’Ivoire where voting can occur but the true leader will reign by military force, in this case by other bitchy women who can’t think for themselves. You wouldn’t believe the amount of filthy looks and general snubbing I have received at school pick up times. Right down to one of my kids’ friends who has been told not to play with my child. I even have a good friend of mine who was approached by one of the mothers to bitch about me. Sickening really… Are they all still in high school themselves?! Get a life!

The principal did get back to me via the president of the P&C with a 2 page document about all of his concerns. This was one of the many:

  • The mural would require a secure edging around the entire perimeter to ensure tiles could not be chipped away or removed. These issues are more pronounced as the mural is situated on a wall which is not currently fenced away from the general public.

Wha’?! To me this not only shows their ignorance of art, but especially public art. No public art in Canberra is cordoned off let alone encased. Who the hell would spend hours at a suburban primary school chipping away at tiles?! I could tell you who…

Here’s another interesting tidbit from that doc:

  • I am aware that I have the power to veto this completely but that is not my intention.

Hmmm… let’s once again establish hierarchy. He doesn’t want to come off as being heavy handed because it would be, in his own words, professional suicide if a large amount of parents were for artwork in the school, but he is making it very known that at the end of the day he holds the Power! So this is my question, because clearly after all of this bullshit the Power is really, to me, central to all of this. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!

I have not, nor intend on giving them the satisfaction of even responding to their pitiful remarks. They have completely lost sight about why a P&C is created in the first place, let alone a school. I would think that is to create and enrich the learning opportunities of the children, our children! But no, I’ve since come to realise that it is about Power, or the lack thereof, and to spend tens of thousands of dollars on capital expenditure – things like metal seating. What the hell learning benefit does any child get from that!? We just spent near $12000 on a few lengths of metal seating. At least the committee only got one quote for it. I can bet you that the Principal didn’t chase up the Department for permissions necessary as it is “capital works” and that no one sighted the contractor’s permits or insurance. What about the encasement of all these things as they are not fenced off and are available to the public. What about vandalism?! I understand too that the principal in his usual request to the P&C for money is to support things like chairs and tables… This is something that the Department of Education is supposed to allocate, not the P&C!

I fear for my kids’ education and have considered other schools but there are issues with that too. Mind you, this school is supposed to have a good reputation, one of the best in this area. Though they’re riding on the coat tails of the Principal who was there in 2005. When we first started at the school, we had a really remarkable principal. She was moved, we got the next one. She was OK, didn’t offer too much leadership but people got on with their job. Though under her leadership, I must say that there grew a really bad culture amongst some staff members with the way in which they talked to and treated the kids. I don’t have time for any adult who think they can treat kids like crap because people will believe an adult over a child. One of my kids’ teachers said to another student the other day after getting her in trouble that if “she didn’t wipe the smile off her face she’d do it for her”. I believe that’s a threat of physical abuse and I can tell you that if my child was spoken to like that, I would be taking that very seriously. Now we have a new, relatively young and very ambitious first time principal who is an excellent bureaucrat. My hopes were that he would bring his staff into line and allow for some creative self expression. Oh I couldn’t be more wrong. Self expression is an alien term in ACT public schools it seems. Creative self expression? Forget about it! Already, my daughter has been publicly humiliated for wearing pink socks or leggings and ribbons to school “those are not school colours nor are they uniform”, right down to having her pink ribbon in her hair yanked out of her hair on the first day of school. This is a public school where they have a dress policy, but it can’t be enforced. Here is a pic of what my daughter was wearing the last time she was told off in front of her whole class. I since spoke to the principal…

The school has already vetoed Christmas craft. I wouldn’t be so concerned (I’m not Christian), but rather than seeing this as a great opportunity to teach the kids about tolerance and what different cultures and religions celebrate at that time of year, it’s just a blanket No Christmas Crafts! *Sigh* Political correctness gone too far. Unfortunately, our schools don’t teach our kids to think and they don’t provide a caring environment in which to learn (like they say they do). They create an environment that allows for one type of learning. If you fall outside of that, they will identify it but not provide support in which to flourish. And absolutely no self expression allowed. It’s all about toeing the line. Now as a parent, if you try and temper any of this, make a complaint about someone’s behaviour etc, you are just being atrociously difficult.

This is a poster at the school that I personally find very disturbing:

“So when we’re grown ups we don’t mess things up”? Are you kidding me? Adults are constantly making mistakes. I’ve taught my kids that making mistakes is a part of life and that it is really important to consider anything from all perspectives before making a decision on what you’re going to do and then if you have made a mistake, learn from it! What separates a good person from a not so good person is recognising when you’ve made a mistake, fixing it, apologising for it and then not repeating it!!!

Sheesh! Sometimes I think my kids would be better off if I homeschooled them.

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Discouraged and a little miffed

I have been having a myriad of thoughts of late particularly about my presence online – the fact that I spend waaaay too much time on the internet and in front of my computer etc… In response to my unhappiness about this I have found that I don’t log on as much as I once did. A good thing, believe me! Since the past week the SAMA conference has been happening in Chicago, I found myself getting onto certain sites just to check out some pictures of friends who attended. Looks like they had loads of fun and in many ways I feel bummed that I didn’t go! One word: AUSTIN!!! I’m putting it on my agenda and I will be there next year! 🙂

Anyway, being on the site I noticed some mosaics. Let’s just say it was a mosaic of a project I had described to a past student, right down to the materials used and the substrate is was adhered to! Now I probably wouldn’t feel as bummed as I do had I not gone over the whole issue of copyright in the class, but I did. And I do. Copyright aside, isn’t it just plain rude to take someone’s idea and make it your own?! I guess in reality the whole copyright thing doesn’t necessarily enter the equation as it was just an idea I had expressed and that had been milling around in my head for some time (though I guess intellectual property is an argument). But again, isn’t it just plain rude?!

Lesson learned (the hard way): keep personal projects to myself in future, regardless of who it is.

That kinda sux because generally speaking I am an open person. Trusting, for the most part. Naive too it seems. It brings me right back to  a lot of things about being online and how people share information, how people use it and indeed misuse it too.

Discouraging because I’m in this head space right now where I’m not enjoying certain people – unconscious human beings/parasites/{insert expletive here} ;). And they’re everywhere!

Blech! It will pass and it’s always a good lesson to learn. The nice thing is that I have been feeling that creative spirit creep back into my life. She’s been sorely missed and it’s a relief to see even a glimpse…

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MAANZ 30:30 Vision Exhibition

Been a while since I even entertained the idea of exhibiting and didn’t feel at all inspired by this year’s theme, Crusty Oceania, but decided at the very last minute to give it a go… Two night’s work produced this:

Tridacna

Tridacna2

tridacna_detail3

Amazing how a mosaic can look so different dependent upon the lighting…

This year’s exhibition is being held in Brisbane, in conjunction with the Symposium which I am also going to. Cannot wait!! It will be a well deserved break… October can’t come soon enough.

Spring is springing here now, well beginning to at least. It’s been a long Winter… but the cherry blossoms and daffodils are a welcome distraction. In fact, so is the rain. I’ve just marked my son’s 10th b’day (!). Holy Dang Snot (a la Bamasusana)… it’s frightening to think 10  years has slipped by almost unnoticed…

I am looking forward to some upcoming work I’m planning. Mostly for me, with any luck. It’s time I start covering my house 🙂

Mosaic classes are shaping up to be a busy schedule, with some possibilities of travel too! My two favourite pastimes rolled into one?!!! Almost too good to be true!

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What a Week Can Do

I took the last week off from work and it’s been a productive one! I LOVE being productive… So often I’m busy and I have nothing to show for it. Hate that! I repainted some walls in my house (feature walls – what *was* I thinking?!!!), cleaned my studio and home (really!! have been on a major chuck-everything-I don’t-use frenzy. Getting rid of junk is good for the soul), caught up with friends I havn’t seen in a while, had pyjama days, went on long walks in the beautiful weather we’ve been having, almost finished with the mermaid installation and taught a mosaic class this weekend. I’m jazzed! Feeling utterly refreshed, more organised, less stressed!! Finishing things is good.

The workshop was fun. There were 4 women all up, only one with mosaic experience and she was here to learn about creating tempered glass mosaics, which she’d not done before. It was really a very pleasurable moment to experience their delight in what they made and I now have four enthusiasts to add to my {imaginary} mosaic posse {for when I need help on my future installations that are just in my head presently} 🙂 Fun to watch them ogling over all the mosaics I have in my home from other artists too… 🙂 I feel very blessed, for want of another word… Sharing is good.

Exterior Mosaics + TG students!!

The octopus now has 8 legs 😉 I managed to get the last three legs on the other day but let me tell you, for something I would have thought was fairly minor, it was certainly a learning experience. Firstly I did it early in the morning and it was freezing. I don’t “do” cold as it is, but when my fingers and toes are numb I start to fall apart. OK, so that’s an exaggeration but you know what I mean! I also didn’t bring any tools, extra tile, nothing. So I will from now on bring everything as if it is a huge, complex installation. Lastly, I took the mesh piece out of my car and left it outside under a carport while I drove my Dad to the doctor. I was gone no more than an hour. When I went to lift the mesh piece up to stick to the wall, most of the tile literally dropped to the ground. So, even in the slightest bit of moisture, mesh pieces aren’t going to hold (is there an emoticon with rolling eyeballs? If so, insert that here). Just cleaning up to do now: sanding and painting… *sigh*

8 legged octopus :)

I even managed to get my puzzle piece done for Lin Schorr… Her community project is well under way. Have a look at all the submissions so far. Looking forward to seeing Lin collating all the pieces and doing her magic waving of the wand.

Amnesia

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Facebooking and Mosaic Making

Do you facebook? Somewhere I really spend (aka waste) waaaaay too much of my time, but I do like to know what is going on with all my friends OS, so it’s a great tool for exactly that. If you do – check out my page and become a fan!

Kim Grant Mosaics

Kim Grant Mosaics

Am also  in the midst of trying to finish a mural I started a little while back. OK, in all fairness it was a long while back. This is a collaborative effort with my little sister, Natalie Grant, who is also an artist in her own right. Her next artistic venture is on the path to becoming a tattoo artist. When she visited early 2008 I had her outline one of her mermaid and octopus sketches she’s been drawing for many years at full scale in my Dad’s garden. I set about mosaicing it and it has taken me this long to even approach the finish line – which is frankly a long way off.  Still  to finish is 3 octopus legs (almost done) a fish and its bubbles, grouting, sanding and painting before finally sealing…

Arms, tail, octopus, bubbles

It was a lovely Sunday – cool Winter’s day with the sun shining down and warming my every being while I sat and worked non-stop.  Well not quite sat. One also has to be an acrobat when wanting to be a mosaic artist. My Dad perched in his chair looking on, cooking lunch and falling in and out of sleep. Was a good day.

I hadn’t so much as picked up a single tool or tess since returning from my trip OS. Always a little disconcerting but I’ve learned to just go wtih it. It is what it is and I can’t force ‘it’.  I find myself in these moments of exhaustion. Then all of sudden out of the blue it all comes back in a gazillion different images in my mind, at a million miles per hour along with the title of each piece  and then I am fighting for time to get it all out of my head and onto a substrate. I went and bought myself a real sketchbook today for fear of it all disappearing…

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Artist in Residence at IMA!!

After the conference it was onwards and upwards to the Bay Area – my former stomping ground and one place I keep going back to. I always feel like I come home when I go there…

Laurel True was kind enough to let me do a stint at Artist in Residence at the Institute of Mosaic Art (IMA).  When I inquired about perhaps helping out with something at IMA, I wasn’t expecting an ‘Artist in Residence’ tag at all, but was more than happy with it 🙂  Laurel had mentioned the kitchen backsplash which piqued my interest,  amongst many other possibilities. I was worried that time pressures and other personal pressures may prevent me from finishing it, so I left myself open to anything. I had mentioned it to Susan Crocenzi – looking to collaborate with her cuz I thought it would just be fun! When I arrived and went over, I thought to myself the backsplash would be the perfect thing to do. Yet again proof of working well under pressure 😉 With no design ideas in mind and no inkling, at that time, that I would be surrounded by fellow artists a la  Linda Martin, Kelley Knickerbocker and Rachel Rodi [who are waaaay awesome!!! ;)] to help finish the installation I set about doing the kitchen backsplash direct (knowing that I had 4, maybe 5 days to get it all done)! – simply because I had no design in mind and worked it as I went. I knew that if I sat down and drew stuff out, it would not get finished.

Susan came in on the last day (all the way from Nevada City!) and added her tempered glass and polymer clay accents, all of which I think make the installation! Some of the polymer clay pieces she had made many moons ago and they just fit with the theme – colours, shapes… it was just perfect! Like it was meant to be somethin’… We finished just in the knick o’ time.

I have to say designing this was a little scary… 1 because I had no ideas, 2 because it’s in Laurel’s business, 3 because that business is IMA and 4 because how many mosaic artists go through there every year?! Laurel was way cool about it though and just let me go for it. I very much appreciate her support. I figured that she wouldn’t mind a walk on the wild side and wouldn’t necessarily need/want/prefer a traditional backsplash, so I went with something else and I think it fits with the spirit of IMA…

By day 2 I was starting to get just a tad panicked that I wasn’t going to be able to finish what I’d started! I was leaving to go back to Australia and not quite like I could pop in at any time… Mentioned as much on either Flickr or Facebook (don’t remember which) and Lovely Linda came to the rescue!!! She drove up from Santa Cruz to help me on the Saturday. How cool is that?! Kelley was there, having driven down from Seattle the day before, hanging her art for a show she’s got going on (go see it if you are close by – her work is amazing!!!!). We roped her in at some point in the day and when Rachel finished teaching her class… well we just had that glint in our eyes and she couldn’t say no 😉

Last day of installation and the name for the piece hadn’t even cropped up… Susan and I decided to call it Reach.

Have I mentioned how FUN it is working with fellow mosaic artists?!!! Spreadin’ the love is good in numbers!

Me and the Lovely Linda
Me and Linda Martin

Kelley, Rachel and Linda
The Gang – Kelley Knickerbocker, Rachel Rodi and Linda Martin

Crocenzi waving her magic TG wand
The LOVELY Susan Crocenzi

Reach1
Photo by Gib Robinson

Reach - glowing
Reach, *glowing*

Susan Crocenzi's Polymer Clay and Tempered Glass Creations
Detail of Susan’s work

reach_side1
Photo by Gib Robinson

reach_detail
Photo by Gib Robinson

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