New mosaic for the garden

I recently finished this. Not quite sure what to call it: Light saber? Nah, taken. Fire stick? Ditto. Lumiere?

Whatever, I’m fairly pleased with it and think it makes a good companion to the explosion of color offered by mother nature. 

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New tesserae

I’m falling for fabric. In 2017 I began sewing some of my own clothes (click the Clothing tab), playing around with painting on fabric, and just recently I’ve started doing exercises from Intuitive Color and Design, by Jean Wells. She’s a world-reknowned quilter, teacher, and owner of The Stitchin’ Post fabric store in Sisters, Oregon. I bought her book years ago to learn more about color and design in my work in mosaic, and I’m increasingly pulled to explore line and color.

A couple weeks ago, I experimented with fabric, following the exercises in her book. Then I bought a walking foot and a free-motion foot and experimented with doing my own quilting. I feel a little like I’m cheating on my years-long passion for mosaic, but in a way, fabric is just a different type of tesserae.

Let me know what you think. The second photo isn’t really about tesserae; it’s just some pillows I painted.

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. 

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Rather than subject you to the full report, which can’t possibly be interesting to anyone other than me, I can say I was surprised by this stat:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

So that’s kind of cool! I just wanted to say THANK YOU if you were one of those viewers.

I don’t post much, but I have renovated my website a bit, and I hope you nose around some evening … when you’re sitting alone as the light is fading, surfing the internet aimlessly, wondering what’s new out there in the world. Not that you would surf aimlessly (wink, wink). But just in case, perhaps you’ll make it your aim one day to look around here, and to sign up to follow my blog so you’ll be one of the first to see pics of upcoming projects (which include a bathroom cabinet, some pieces for an outdoor garden wall, and an artist-in-residency project at a local Montessori school).

Meanwhile, enjoy life as the days lengthen (yea!), and tap into your own creativity – whatever the form may be.

–Debbie