Thursday, December 11, 2014

Snowy Day Mosaics

Last Saturday I held a Mixed Media Mosaic Holiday Gifts Workshop at ReSOURCE in Barre.
I am excited with this partnership especially with the creative re-use possibilities for mosaic art. It was a snowy day but 6 folks came out. What a great group it was too. We went over the basics of what we would be making that day, mosaics in general, the materials and tools we would be using and then the students got to work picking out their tesserae from the stash of items I supplied. Students scavenged the store for there surfaces/ substrates These projects would be for decorative, indoor use due to their one day, non grouted technique. They decorated picture frames, wall hanging art pieces, shelves, candle holders and wine bottle holders. So fun! They used up lots of my goodies; beads, buttons, custom tiles with vintage imagery, glass, jewelry, etc. giving me the excuse to collect more fun random gems and jewels.

ReSOURCE VT is a nonprofit community enterprise with locations in Barre, Burlington and Morrisville. 

"ReSOURCE’s mission is to meet community and individual needs through (1) education and job skills training, (2) environmental stewardship, and (3) economic opportunities.

ReSOURCE’s Operational Mission
In pursuit of this mission, ReSOURCE will:
* Operate reuse facilities, provide professional services, and offer training programs
* Maximize the connections and synergies that exist between the three components of its mission
* Serve disadvantaged youth and individuals who are homeless, unemployed, receive public assistance,
   or struggle with a disability or other barriers to employment
* Collaborate with other community organizations and serve as a community resource
* Cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit that will allow the organization to grow to meet evolving challenges
* Develop staff capabilities and teamwork through continuous learning, evaluation, and challenge
* All of these activities will be consistent with ReSOURCE’s charitable purposes as a 501(c)3

 I will be teaching more classes in 2015. Looking forward to getting into some more advanced classes and building on this relationship with ReSOURCE VT!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Work for Sale at ReSOURCEVT

Come down to ReSOURCE Barre to see a few pieces of my Mosaic and Stained Glass artworks. Find works in the art gallery as well as out in the store. Some old, some new! Jewelry and tumbled glass as well!

Mosaic Hand House

"Day by a Yellow Tree" Stepping Stone

"Serenity" in the store front window

"Audrey" Mosaic

Tiny Mosaic Jar

Monday, November 3, 2014


Yesterday, I waited in the car while my husband ran into the hardware store. I stared up at the large brick building next to me. There were many windows boarded up, maybe they were once doorways, framed in beautiful brick arches. My baby slept in her car seat as my mind began to spin with ideas. Oh boy, are those moments fun and must be embraced. We will have to see what my visions turn into.

Before I get carried away by new ideas, I decided to set up my workbench for the building of my next stained glass. This week, off to pick out glass. MUST finish current project before the next! Keeping the motivation strong and the ideas flowing. ART! YES!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

5 years from Cali

Well, I clearly have not posted much if at all in 2014. In January my best little creation, Sadie Jayne, arrived putting all other artworks aside. Any work that I have attempted or created on commission have been in mosaic as the lead content in stained glass is not something we want in our home or fumes of flux in the air.

My train of thought today leads me to stained glass, as lately I am inspired to create some pieces again someday, it has been so long, and I have been back from California for 5 years. Well, it was 5 years in July of this year. What an awesome 5 years they have been but I just can't believe it has been that long away from Cali. In all honesty it seems like a lot longer ago being that my life has zero connection to that past life on a day to day basis.

California and stained glass are somewhat synonymous to me. When I arrived in the Bay area in 2002 I was offered a job at The Stained Glass Garden in Berkeley. They said that in order to work there I would need to learn stained glass. Well, I did learn and it became a huge part of my life and relationships there. Since it is on my mind today, I felt like looking back through a handful of the pieces that I have made in the past and sharing them. I do have another piece in the works that will grace our apartment building in Montpelier, Vermont. The pattern is drawn and transferred onto pattern paper. We'll have to see how long it is until it hangs! Until then enjoy these throwbacks...

Pattern owned by Stained Glass Garden, Designed by Sabina Frank

And a sneaky peak of the next piece to come...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Veggie Inspirations

So often inspiration is discovered in natural design. For me, I see stained glass design all around and I always want to capture and share it. Some things are just already broken up into cut-able pieces. There is the very clearly stained glass butterfly wings and leaf veins but for years I have enjoyed cutting into fruits and vegetables to find amazing patterns, not to mention colors. Inspiration is to find, wait, MAKE the time to turn it into artworks.

Watermelon. Look closely to find a pattern of 3 equal parts with swirls splitting off of the ends around the seeds.

Standard tomato in quarters. Different patterns created when cut in different directions. Heirlooms make the best patterns. My next veggie inspiration photoshoot!


Rings! Look at these magnificent beets! Gorgeous patterns

Scallops! This mushroom creates a lovely scalloped edge, a design often used in mosaic and stained glass design.

Circles! Many many overlapping round shapes creates great depth in mosaic and stained glass design.