Thursday, April 30, 2009

My Newest

I hung my show at the cultural center today. Twenty-two mosaics and three fabric trees with fabric insects in them! I haven't taken photos yet; by the time I had finished, it wasn't sunny enough to get good ones. However, I took some photos of my new pieces before wrapping them up to take over there.

The one above is called Magic: a girl holding a magic lamp in one hand and a magic word charm in the other. I used one of a set of red dessert plates I found in a thrift shop a while back for the tesserae.

My daughter doesn't like this one because of the beetle, but that's what I love about it. I used some lovely porcelain saucers with a leaf pattern around the edge. I was trying to get an Egyptian feel.

I stamped the French word rêver (dream) into the clay using tiny rubber stamps I ordered from Japan. The blanket and pillow are stamped with vintage lace. It might have a fairy tale quality to it because of the sleeping girl which may recall Sleeping Beauty, but I was actually thinking of the importance of dreaming, or letting yourself have dreams!

Don't forget to dream!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sous les Etoiles

That's the title of my exhibit! I'm having a show of my mosaics and also fabric collages in May. Opening night is May 4th (7pm) and the show runs until the 29th. Where?
At the Salle des Rancy, 249 rue Vendôme, Lyon, 69003.

It's quite a big space, and I have it all to myself, so I'm including many of my mosaics, large and small. I've made some big fabric trees and moths and I'm busy creating fireflies and some fabric stars too. If you're in Lyon, please stop by, I'd love to see you there!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Eggs

You can find some delicious chocolate in France. Eggs, fritures (tiny chocolates in the shape of fish), chocolate bunnies, hens, bells...dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate.

I sent some chocolate eggs to my niece in the USA. And I sent them in a beautiful hand knit bag that I bought on etsy. It was a sneak attack, when a few people get together and buy from shops with few or no sales, and surprise! All at once they have sales! You must visit this lovely shop, .

When I received this purse, I was really pleased with the colors, the feel, the size (perfect for seven-year-old Sarah), and I decided to fill it with chocolates, which was a suggestion in the item description! A great idea, isn't it? So I hope you enjoy your chocolates and your bag, Sarah. Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 9, 2009


I know butterflies are the most popular insect, beautiful, colorful, delicate, the symbol of metamorphosis and rebirth. Everyone loves them. They get all the attention...but what about moths? Less colorful, (only sometimes!), scary (to some), annoying (clothes moths), creatures of the night fatally attracted to the flame. The French word is papillon de nuit , night butterfly. The English word comes from the old English moththe, pronounce that!

Being neither an etymologist nor an entomologist, I can go no further than to say that I find these insects esthetically attractive, and perhaps they need a little love too! So take a good look at the next moths that come into your house, attracted to the lights. They are pretty too.