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NC Cow Parade

Greetings all!
I have spent the past month working on a cow for the NC Cow Parade. My cow is a commission sponsored by UNC Children's Hospital. Her name is Lady Carolina Blooo and she features four iconic logos of UNC. She also has farm yard friends hiding on her body for you to find. Lady Carolina Blooo will be on display along with 80 or so other cows at Golden Belt complex in Durham on Saturday, August 18th from 10 am to 4 pm.


This event is open to the public and the only time all of the cows will be displayed together.  I will be there all day and hope you will come to visit.


After the Round Up, the cows will be moved by Aug. 23 to different locations across the Triangle. They will be in "herds" of 4 and stay in those locations until December. In January the UNC Children's Hospital will auction them off to raise funds for the Children's Hospital.



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Eye d'Neau--New Commission Completed

The Mosiac Husband is here to report that installing a mosaic is HARD!! I helped Paula install the Eye d'Neau comminsion this past weekend and I need to stick to my cushy computer job. Here are some pics for your entertainment





The Mosaic Husband

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The Kitchen Project

I want to post about a wonderful backslpash project Paula completed. I actually don't think that a backsplash truly describes this project. It is an image of a tree that is anchored behind the stove and runs up to the ceiling around the stove vent. Then the piece trails from there all around the kitchen in what would be a more traditional backsplash. It was a total of 40 square feet of work. She constructed the piece in her home studio using mesh panels and put it together like one big jigsaw puzzle. This piece took her about 150 hours to complete including the installation. She even had to get me to help at some points. This was the largest project that she has done to date and hopes that this will lead to even larger projects. Of course, she says "I will NEVER tackle a project like this by myself again!!"  Anyhow, just take a look at the pictures and you will be able to see the effort in this project.

These are pictures taken by a great photographer and friend Diane Amato.

Here is on of the piece in progress

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Eye for an Eye

Hello All,

In this entry I want to showcase another fine custom work by Paula. She is working on a patio table as a birthday gift. Don't worry, they already know about all of the eyes. As a matter of fact they picked out the theme of the table. As it goes this person had eye cancer at one time and beat it! So, images of eyes play a big part in this person's life. Paula has taken that them and run with it in her own creative way. Below you can see her interpretation of the theme.

She is using unglazed porcelain tiles on a metal table. Just getting the table ready is a story in itself. Thanks to a fine metalsmith and friend, Jimmy Alexander, for making the table top and the rim. The rim protects the edge pieces of the mosaic from damage.

She is applying the tiles to a mesh backing, just like she di for the kitchen project. She will then adhere the mesh to the table with thinset mortar, then grout and seal. This will provide a lasting piece that should be able to sit in a covered or open area outdoors for small gatherings and dinners. I'm sure this piece will be the talk of the party. At least I hope it will.

Until next time
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A Peek Behind the Mirror

A Peek Behind the Mirror
(Step by Step Custom Mirror)

This edition of “The Mosaic Husband” blog is written by me, Paula (“the wife”). We thought it would be insightful to relate how I work with a client to create a custom mosaic. So I’m going to go through the process of working with Paula S. (yes, her real name) to create a mirror for her bathroom.

Paula was re-decorating a bathroom in her home and had been thinking about a custom mirror accent over the sink. After talking about what she had in mind, we met in my studio to explore the possibilities of a mosaic mirror.

Our first decisions were about the size and shape of the mirror. The space for the mirror is limited, so the overall size needed to be proportionate to the wall and sink space. We agreed on 22” x 28” overall, mirror size 18” x 22”, with rounded corners.

After the practical issue of size was decided, we talked about what type of design she would like—colors, type of glass, themes. For ideas, I brought out several of my own books and we looked through my sample boards of specialty glass. Paula particularly liked the millefiori glass (Italian “thousand flowers” glass made in canes and sliced), so I kept that in mind when I sat down to come up with a few sketches.

A pheasant design in a Martin Cheek book caught her eye, so I used that as a basis for one of the sketches, which she liked best, and I could incorporate the most use of millefiori.

After deciding on the size, shape, and design, I ordered the mirror, glass supplies, and wood for the panel.

Before I began work on the actual mosaic, I visited Paula’s home to take a look at the space for the mirror. I noticed that the space over the sink seen from the hall is very short and the wall would obscure seeing the pheasant from the hall if it were on the right side (originally in the sketch). I put the pheasant on the left side when I transferred the design to the panel. This way, if the door is open, you can see the colorful mosaic. I also incorporated copper-leafed glass to complement the earthly tones in the feathers and pick up flecks of light.

Paula was very excited about remodeling her bathroom from selecting paint color and lighting to the mirror. The finished project is very successful and she thinks that the colors of the mirror make it versatile for other areas in her home if she chooses to move it sometime in the future.

Here’s a quote from Paula:

"I am redoing our powder room and I had been looking for an interesting mirror.  Once I saw Paula's portrait work (it is fabulous!) I got the idea to have her make me a  mirror.  We started with the dimensions and shape.  I had in mind some design that would start on the longer vertical side and continue on the bottom.  She gave me some sketches--a flower, a bird--and we settled on a pheasant design.  Paula used the medium to create a most beautiful pheasant.  I especially like the millefioris of different heights that give a 3D effect."

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