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Title: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 02, 2011, 09:47:25 PM
Yes!  I've been blathering on for a couple of weeks about getting ready for a solo exhibition of mosaics, and promising photos.  Here we go, yo.  I've been doing mosaic stuffs for about five years now; I do eight to 12 craft shows a year, and this is my second solo show at a wonderful local coffeehouse/used bookstore that regularly features area artists.  (November is a big shopping month, so I'm hoping to score.)  The exhibition is called Tiled Upcycled 2011.

For some background, some time ago I had occasion to write an artist's statement.  I tried to avoid the wifty-woo-woo artspeak as much as possible.

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I create mosaic giftware and home accessories: clocks, lamps, photo frames, boxes, bookends, etc.

I’ve always appreciated designer William Morris’s advice to “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”  I try to meet both of Mr. Morris’s criteria with my work:  everything I make is at least nominally functional; nothing is purely decorative.

I’ve also always enjoyed shopping at secondhand stores and flea markets for interesting pieces that can be refurbished and given a second life.  My mosaic craft gives me a wonderful excuse to “go thrifting” in search of my next project.

In addition to being reimagined, every object is repainted, refinished, repaired, or rebuilt as needed.  I use stained glass; vitreous glass tile; natural materials such as shells, wood, and semi-precious stones; ceramic tiles; and found objects.  I am exploring pique assiette and custom-made polymer clay tile. 

Sourcing my “raw materials” from the secondary market means that my product line is unpredictable and that my pieces are typically unique.  If you see something you like, buy it!  I may never have another one. 
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 02, 2011, 09:48:55 PM
This is the Gallery in Room "C" at The Quadrant Book Mart & Coffeehouse in Easton, Pennsylvania.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/viewfromdoorway.jpg)

I set up a little mosaic end table with the two chairs that were hanging out in the room.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/tableandchairs.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 02, 2011, 09:50:11 PM
A slightly closer look at some stuffs.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/mainwall.jpg)

Frames (with Sgt. Max Greevey), purple lamp, signage.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/framespurplelamp.jpg)

Clocks and price list.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/clocks.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 02, 2011, 09:52:16 PM
This might be my favorite piece in the show.  It's a box that apparently held a gift set of sommelier tools, judging from the foam liner that I removed.  It has one drawer and a lift-off lid, into which I cut a hole to insert a clock fitting that was left over from an abandoned project.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/boxclockpurple.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 02, 2011, 09:54:22 PM
No, wait, this might be my favorite piece.  It's a shelf unit with a clock on top.  Or a clock with a shelf unit.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/clockshelves.jpg)

A closer look at the face.  Man, I took "before" pictures of these things, but now I can't find them.  Argh.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/clockshelvesface.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 02, 2011, 09:56:13 PM
Okay, I really like this jewelry chest too.  There's a lot going on here.  There are three drawers behind the top door.  Behind the lower door are ring slots and necklace hooks.  And the bottom drawer is musical.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/chestjewelryteal.jpg)

This is another wild jewelry chest.  A customer who saw my Tiled Upcycled 2010 show came back to the Quadrant and gave it to Jo (the proprietor) to see what I could do with it.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/chestjewelrypink.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 02, 2011, 09:59:38 PM
Something a little different.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/clockwarmconfetti.jpg)

A clock that I think belongs in a country cabin somewhere.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/clocksquarebluegreen.jpg)

A skinny chest of little drawers and an etagère, which is French for, uh, shelf thing.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/chestetagere.jpg)

Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 02, 2011, 10:02:16 PM
The gallery is also the paperback room, complete with blood, guts, and gore.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/bloodgutsgore.jpg)

Here's a fancy-shmancy chalkboard.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/chalkboard.jpg)

This is a tabletop-sized cabinet, with shelves behind the door, and a clock. 

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/cabinetteclockpastels.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 02, 2011, 10:05:18 PM
This clock is also a box/cabinet ; the face is set into the door.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/clockboxorange.jpg)

Another box, with a constellation of sorts on the lid.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/boxlargered.jpg)

Color wheel clock!

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/rainbowclock.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 02, 2011, 10:11:02 PM
My friend Polly, a costume designer, gave me a bucket o'buttons.  I ground off their shafts (not a euphemism) to make them into usable flat-backed tesserae.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/framebuttons.jpg)

How about a sparkly-lidded candy jar for your treats?

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/jarcandywhitesparkly.jpg)

Here's a look at the top of the table seen in an earlier photo.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/tabletop.jpg)

Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 02, 2011, 10:12:23 PM
I make lots of magnets from milk-jug lids.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/magnets.jpg)

And sometimes larger ones with lids from jars.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/magnet-red-vg.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 02, 2011, 10:15:25 PM
This frame uses a variety of mirrored, iridescent, and Van Gogh tiles.  I don't know why they're called that; their color and texture comes from a crinkled foil applied to the back of the glass for a beautiful effect.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/framemetallicoval.jpg)

Purple lamp, or potential murder weapon.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/lamppurples.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 02, 2011, 10:25:40 PM
If you're anywhere near eastern Pennsylvania (I-78, right on the Delaware River across from New Jersey) and want to stop by, here's more information about the coffee shop/bookstore.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/QuadrantBookMartCoffeeHouse (https://www.facebook.com/#!/QuadrantBookMartCoffeeHouse)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Caffiene on November 02, 2011, 10:58:22 PM
I love the clocks.

Theyre the sort of thing Id see and go "Ooh! Cool!" and buy them on their looks, and then take them home and realise they dont match anything else I own :P
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Drunken Idaho on November 03, 2011, 12:04:23 AM
Awesome stuff!! :)

My fav is the blue clock next to the price list.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Anders on November 03, 2011, 01:22:04 AM
I like the triangular clock... I hate being poor. WANT!!!  :(
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: moj on November 03, 2011, 06:41:57 AM
Wow, great stuff. I loved the cabinets and the "blood, gut's gore" :D Also the clocks, very cool!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: DRmeg378 on November 03, 2011, 10:34:22 AM
My birthday is in the member's calendar. I thought you might want to know. It's March, so there's time. This was intended for AQB, but it applies to EVERYONE.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Andrew Clunn on November 03, 2011, 10:39:56 AM
My birthday is in the member's calendar. I thought you might want to know. It's March, so there's time. This was intended for AQB, but it applies to EVERYONE.

Ditto, and I'm vain enough to ALWAYS need another cool mirror.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: DRmeg378 on November 03, 2011, 11:11:55 AM
You're getting a scarf ;)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Andrew Clunn on November 03, 2011, 11:13:06 AM
 :woop:
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 03, 2011, 01:47:05 PM
This might be my favorite piece in the show.  It's a box that apparently held a gift set of sommelier tools, judging from the foam liner that I removed.  It has one drawer and a lift-off lid, into which I cut a hole to insert a clock fitting that was left over from an abandoned project.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/boxclockpurple.jpg)

This has just been sold! 
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Drunken Idaho on November 03, 2011, 01:48:27 PM
This has just been sold!

 :woop:
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Andrew Clunn on November 03, 2011, 02:02:17 PM
No surprise.  That's a beautiful piece.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: DRmeg378 on November 03, 2011, 02:20:54 PM
It is! Congratulations, AQB.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Skeptress on November 04, 2011, 04:51:50 PM
I want the color wheel clock.  Everything is fantastic!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 04, 2011, 10:23:09 PM
That's a beautiful piece.

I'll bet you say that to all the girls!

Thanks to everyone for all the compliments.  My birthday is also in March, BTW.  SGUF gift swap!

Tomorrow I have a craft show at First Baptist Church in Bethlehem.  I loaded in this afternoon.  The show is very well organized and easy to load in and out, so it's easy and pleasant to do.  But...it's kind of a "granny crafts" show.  I don't usually do great sales there, but it's fun people-watching, and I have lots of magazines to catch up on while I sit there for seven hours.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Anders on November 05, 2011, 03:54:03 AM
How much would you want for the triangle clock?
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 05, 2011, 06:52:54 PM
The triangle clock is currently priced at $30.  If it doesn't sell this month, I'd be willing to negotiate an SGUF discount.  ;)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: seaotter on November 05, 2011, 09:58:28 PM
Very nice
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: WC on November 09, 2011, 08:27:41 PM
BOO-YAH!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 10, 2011, 10:45:14 AM
Heh, thanks.

After a week, nothing else has been sold, although reportedly people are enjoying the exhibition.  I hope to finish a couple more pieces this weekend to add to it.

Man, I hope people buy stuff.  The money would be nice, and I wouldn't have to load everything out!  Also, many of those pieces are larger than my usual craft show inventory, so they're more difficult to store, transport, and display.

Ah well, I could have worse problems!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 10, 2011, 10:59:08 AM
Ha, the proprietor of the Quadrant just called to tell me that her husband wanted me to know that all of the clocks are an hour off.   :laugh: Silly bookselling goober.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Andrew Clunn on November 10, 2011, 12:09:31 PM
Trying to figure out a time I can come by.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 10, 2011, 12:35:52 PM
Dude, really?  That's quite a long trip.  Thanks!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on November 10, 2011, 12:43:15 PM
$30 for that triangular clock? That's a steal!

Great work AQB, very impressed!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Andrew Clunn on November 10, 2011, 12:44:44 PM
Dude, really?  That's quite a long trip.  Thanks!

Well I'm gonna try to turn it into a longer trip.  But if I can't make it, then I am very interested in the end table.  What are you asking for it?
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 10, 2011, 05:34:18 PM
$30 for that triangular clock? That's a steal!
Pricing is the hardest part.  I actually jacked up the prices a little for the exhibition from what I would charge at a craft show.

Great work AQB, very impressed!
Thanks, trout man!

Dude, really?  That's quite a long trip.  Thanks!

Well I'm gonna try to turn it into a longer trip.  But if I can't make it, then I am very interested in the end table.  What are you asking for it?
Had to look it up...its $45.00.  I'm trying to finish another table this weekend...dark tones of blue, green, and purple, with a little black.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Skeptress on November 10, 2011, 06:19:17 PM
I think the color wheel clock is perfect for my sewing room.  Let me know how much with shipping.   :-*
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 11, 2011, 11:23:37 AM
You know, you guys don't have to say you want to buy stuff just to make me feel good.  :)

The color wheel clock is priced at $25; it's pretty lightweight, so I can't imagine that shipping would be much.  I think it would fit in the flat-rate box I saw at the post office this morning, which was $11 or some such, but I bet I could pack and ship it cheaper in another box.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Andrew Clunn on November 11, 2011, 11:34:37 AM
Not just saying it, but I wouldn't want to pay for shipping for an end table (Probably cost more than the table itself.)  I'd have to make the trip down.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 11, 2011, 11:37:36 AM
If the table legs were detachable, it wouldn't be too bad.  But they're not.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 14, 2011, 04:43:38 PM
Somebody came into the shop yesterday and bought the rectangular clock with the multi-warm-toned irregular glass tiles, the big black-and-white clock/shelf unit (my favorite!), the blue-green jewelry chest, and the loud pink/red jewelry chest.  Hooray for appreciation and income!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: WC on November 14, 2011, 04:44:44 PM
Sweet
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on November 14, 2011, 05:29:02 PM
The triangle clock offer is still on the table...
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Andrew Clunn on November 16, 2011, 01:07:36 PM
Doesn't look like I can make it :(  What would the shipping be on that table?
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 17, 2011, 02:31:05 PM
Aw.  :(   I have honestly no idea how much shipping for the table would cost.  I've never shipped one of my pieces before.  Since I'm almost positive that the legs aren't detachable (they're screwed in from the top), I'd need a fairly large box...and a lot of styrofoam peanuts.  I know I can carry into a UPS store and they'll pack 'n' ship for me...which of course would mean they'd (over)charge me for materials, too.  Hmm, maybe I can look up something online.

Also, sold the black mirror.  Hooray for more income; holiday gift shopping looms!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Andrew Clunn on November 17, 2011, 02:33:30 PM
Could you unscrew the legs and ship it that way?  I can reassmble it myself.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 17, 2011, 02:40:54 PM
Not if they're screwed in from the top!  The screws are inaccessible under layers of joint compound, paint, glue, glass, and grout.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Andrew Clunn on November 17, 2011, 02:43:42 PM
Damn it.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Anders on November 17, 2011, 02:55:46 PM
Also, sold the black mirror.  Hooray for more income; holiday gift shopping looms!

What are you getting the Sergeant?
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 17, 2011, 03:04:23 PM
Also, sold the black mirror.  Hooray for more income; holiday gift shopping looms!

What are you getting the Sergeant?

Whatever he wants!  Probably canned food from Trader Joe's.  Also, first choice of all the comfy fleece blankets.  And decorations to play with.  You know, the usual.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on November 18, 2011, 01:08:08 PM
Also, sold the black mirror.  Hooray for more income; holiday gift shopping looms!

What are you getting the Sergeant?

Whatever he wants!  Probably canned food from Trader Joe's.  Also, first choice of all the comfy fleece blankets.  And decorations to play with.  You know, the usual.
This sounds an awful lot like my holiday wishlist, you're not referring to me as Sergeant in code are you?  ;)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 18, 2011, 01:21:56 PM
This sounds an awful lot like my holiday wishlist, you're not referring to me as Sergeant in code are you?  ;)

Nah, you're a vegetarian, you wouldn't like Trader Joe's tuna for cats.  Also, your code name is Trout Man.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on November 18, 2011, 01:33:36 PM
(click to show/hide)
Also, your code name is Trout Man.
This suddenly explains a lot...  >:D
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on November 30, 2011, 10:52:22 PM
As it's the end of November, I went down to the Quadrant today to load out my exhibition, or what was left.  Sold ALL of the clocks, plus the big jewelry chests and several other items, for a total of $475, hooray!

Tonight I finished grouting 20 new pieces for the indiemade craft market (http://www.indiemadecraftmarket.com/) this Saturday, which is my favorite show of the season.  It's in a ballroom in an old firehouse.  There's a little stage where they have musical performers all day, and a big bar, and a kitchen where you can get hamburgers and pierogies, and tables to sit at, and really cool, funky, interesting crafts (no "granny crafts").  It's like a party with sales, only much cooler than a Tupperware party.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Drunken Idaho on December 01, 2011, 02:01:17 PM
Sold like gangbusters, congrats!! Have fun at the market this weekend, that sounds like a blast.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on December 01, 2011, 02:23:48 PM
Thanks.  :)  It's nice to have some extra buckage just in time to buy gifts for the F&F, plus my Secret Skeptical Santa.  I usually do pretty well at the indiemade show, too.  You would probably enjoy it, EhJayArr.  You could stroll around with a gin and tonic, chatting up all the hipster craftergirls. 

The plan after the season ends is to spend the rest of the winter and spring building up the inventory in a leisurely fashion, so I'm not busting my fat lumpy white ass three days before every show like I was this season!  Yeah right, we'll see.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Drunken Idaho on December 01, 2011, 02:28:32 PM
I'm quite sure I'd have a blast, though hipsters aren't really my thing. I'd most likely be spending my time chatting up YOU.  :pervert:

And maybe procrastination = inspiration?
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on December 01, 2011, 02:48:38 PM
I'm quite sure I'd have a blast, though hipsters aren't really my thing. I'd most likely be spending my time chatting up YOU.  :pervert:
Pfft, gettin' sloppy drunk and handsy, and asking for discounts, most likely.  ;)

And maybe procrastination = inspiration?
More like procrastination = desperation.  Also, grout is caustic (like concrete), so if I end up working with it for several hours at a time, sometimes I feel pretty ill.  So it's healthier to pace the workflow.  But one so often does not live one's ideal, alas.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on December 03, 2011, 08:32:16 PM
I had a terrific day at the indiemade craft market.  LOTS of sales; my best year yet at this show.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/indiemade2011.jpg)

My table was quite crowded.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/indiemade2011closeup.jpg)

I sold a lot of the stuff I just finished...so I guess I'm glad I had the marathon tiling and grouting sessions.

Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Andrew Clunn on December 03, 2011, 09:09:48 PM
An artist AND a capitalist, HOT!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Caffiene on December 03, 2011, 09:24:07 PM
Purdy.

They look really effective all together like that. So much colour and pattern!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Anders on December 04, 2011, 03:12:50 PM
More snacks for the Sergeant!

And whiskey for his human.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on December 05, 2011, 08:39:54 PM
An artist AND a capitalist, HOT!

Oh no, andrew, I am a terrible capitalist.  There's no profit in this enterprise.  I don't even keep track of expenses anymore.  I figure the money and time spent on supplies and labor is just a fun hobby (which it is), and sales and compliments are kind of a bonus.  Doesn't mean I'm not hot, however.  ;)

Purdy.

They look really effective all together like that. So much colour and pattern!
Thanks!  It is kind of a visual riot. 

More snacks for the Sergeant!
Indeed.

And whiskey chocolate for his non-drinkin' human.

FTFY.  :)  I took my spoils from this show and the November exhibition off to the mall yesterday.  My favorite jeweler was having their estate show and sale, so I laid away a couple of pieces for my birthday, and then wandered around getting a lot of Xmas shopping accomplished.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on March 12, 2012, 05:17:50 PM
Finally getting around to posting these.  Last fall while I was getting ready for the indiemade show, my mother said, "Do you have any little end tables?  I need one for the base unit of my personal alarm system."  I said, "I'm working on one that's blue, green, and purple."  She said, "I'll take it.  It can be my birthday present."  So what could I do?  I finished the table and gave it to her.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/momstable.jpg)

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/momstabletop.jpg)

It's time to get down to serious work on the inventory for the upcoming season, too.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on March 12, 2012, 05:26:53 PM
Ummm, I'm a little hurt it wasn't offered to me for my bday. Then again, maybe I need to get gangsta like your mom and roll up on you, "Hey, it's my bday, I'll take that."  8)

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on March 12, 2012, 06:01:08 PM
All due respect, dude, I'm not sure you're quite as gangsta as my mother.

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: David E. on March 12, 2012, 08:56:45 PM
Lovely Stuff.

My b-day is Oct 15th  ;D
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: DRmeg378 on March 19, 2012, 08:54:51 AM
Well, I'm getting married...
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Caffiene on March 19, 2012, 07:14:30 PM
Mosaic wedding dress!!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on March 19, 2012, 07:32:38 PM
Well, that would be quite a project!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 08, 2012, 02:51:12 PM
The plan after the season ends is to spend the rest of the winter and spring building up the inventory in a leisurely fashion, so I'm not busting my fat lumpy white ass three days before every show like I was this season!  Yeah right, we'll see.

It's time to get down to serious work on the inventory for the upcoming season, too.

Well, that didn't go as planned.  But tomorrow is the indiemade summer show, and I've been busting my fat lumpy white ass this week.  I have 15 new pieces, with which I am satisfied to varying degrees.  Would somebody please tell me not to procrastinate so horribly the rest of the season?  Good lord.

My inventory spreadsheet is ridiculously out of date, too.  What a mess.  At least I had enough sense to take today off to try to impose a semblance of order on my operation.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Skeptress on June 08, 2012, 03:13:22 PM
More pictures please. Love your work!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 10, 2012, 05:47:40 PM
Thanks!  Here's a table closeup from yesterday's show—the "jars" section.  The five smallest ones are wrinkle-cream jars!  Just right for tiny treasures, or secrets.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/jars.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 10, 2012, 05:53:03 PM
And here's a visit to my basement lair/workshop.

Tile storage, looking remarkably tidy.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/28234_420457301417_7006135_n.jpg)

Why yes, I do sometimes watch Law & Order (or baseball) while working. Through the window in the upper left I can sometimes see the feet of people walking by. Please don't ever hunker down and wave at me if you're in the neighborhood; I'd probably keel right over.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/28234_420457291417_5611573_n.jpg)

You'll see that I have resisted the temptation to tile the gas meter. The black things on the shelves are trays from frozen dinners; they're great for mixing grout. The spinning paint rack on the left is meant to stand up, but with the lack of clear horizontal space, it's hanging from a hook.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/28234_420457296417_2030361_n.jpg)

Brushes, sticks, paint, etc. That desk lamp is from the Sally Ann--its gooseneck was so ineffective that I had to bucky it up with a splint made from gaff tape and a scrap piece of quarter-round.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/28234_420457286417_1764295_n.jpg)

Box in progress.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/28234_420457276417_4693130_n.jpg)

Here's that box completed, bee-tee-dubs.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/box-glass-circles.jpg)

Sgt. Max Greevey sometimes supervises from the comfort of the clean laundry at the other end of the basement.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/28234_420457281417_2391120_n.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Skeptress on June 11, 2012, 12:31:00 PM
Very cool. Thanks for sharing your space.  I love the bright red and blue box. 
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: mindme on June 11, 2012, 12:40:11 PM
Wow, you do that AQB?
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 11, 2012, 12:51:43 PM
I do indeed.  Keeps me off the streets.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: DonA on June 11, 2012, 01:18:38 PM
After going through the thread (very quickly) I have 2 questions:

1) Do you have an online store (Etsy?)?

2) Would you maybe ship to Canadia?
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 11, 2012, 01:31:40 PM
1.  I do not.  For various reasons.

2.  Sure!  I've shipped to Shveeden, so why not Canadia?  You interested in something in particular?  (Hush, you.)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 13, 2012, 05:55:43 PM
Finished this on Friday, sold it on Saturday.  :)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/380251_10151001532806418_1683781440_n.jpg)

Same for this one.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/181243_10151001532671418_186134866_n.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 13, 2012, 06:01:51 PM
Okay, since my whole thing yo is redoing stuff from the thrift store, here are some before and after photos.  Some of the afters are things you've seen before.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/31125_423080681417_5260652_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/27734_420262931417_323533_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/27734_420262966417_2224543_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/24372_421375876417_6658517_n.jpg)

Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 13, 2012, 06:03:42 PM
Some more B&A.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/380330_10151001544701418_547374181_n.jpg)

I bought two identical boxes at the thrift store, and gave them two different treatments.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/576799_10151001540911418_1438090228_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/556530_10151001544786418_784339196_n.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 13, 2012, 06:05:12 PM
B&A, part three.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/599534_10151001558141418_1324653270_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/547171_10151001548986418_532667197_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/545171_10151001544631418_717501053_n.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Henning on June 13, 2012, 06:33:00 PM
Wow. Awesome work. They all look delicious when you're done!
I especially like the little green mirror and the little yellow clock.
In fact, how much is that little yellow clock?
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 13, 2012, 08:31:46 PM
Wow. Awesome work. They all look delicious when you're done!

Why, thank you, my dear.

I especially like the little green mirror and the little yellow clock.

Two different approaches on those two pieces, as I think I was telling you.  With the mirror, I had no design planned.  I worked around the edge of the mirror with the small cuts, then tried something funky in the corners, then connected them and filled in.  With the clock, after I eradicated that country duck, there was a lot of space there, and I decided to do that sort of fountain effect to support the clock face; I measured to find the center line, then traced the curves from the edge of a lid from a yogurt tub (I use them for paint palettes).  :)

The clock is actually **squints** orange.  Does it look any more orange here? (https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/26863_411669976417_2988461_n.jpg) 

In fact, how much is that little yellow clock?

This is your lucky day, shopper!  That clock is still in inventory, priced at $18.00 before the skeptical discount!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: mindme on June 13, 2012, 08:57:19 PM
Holy crap that clock is an amazing transformation!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 13, 2012, 09:07:16 PM
Which one?  The first one, the big color wheel clock?  One of my favorites.  Bought it for four bucks at Goodwill, and it sat in the basement for something like three years before I figured out what to do with it.  It was huge, like three feet tall.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: DRmeg378 on June 13, 2012, 09:14:29 PM
You're really good. You may need to ship to Chicago at some point :D
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 14, 2012, 12:58:05 PM
Why thanks, DRmeg.  Ship to Chicago?  No probs.

Henning, here's the orange clock in natural light (in my back yard, this very morning!).  This is one reason I don't do Etsy; I know my photos are desperately unprofessional.  Usually I'm scrambling to get everything done and packed right before a show, and I take the photos against an old gray tablecloth pinned to the backsplash of my kitchen counter.  What a hack.  :)

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/clockorange.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: mindme on June 14, 2012, 01:17:38 PM
Those before and after photos are amazing. I love how you transform crap into amazing not-crap.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 14, 2012, 01:48:13 PM
Thanks, bud.  I should put that on my business card!  I use some of the B&A photos as part of my display at shows.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Henning on June 14, 2012, 05:53:40 PM
Oh, yeah. Well THAT's clearly salmon or orange-sherbet.
I was more enchanted when it was macaroni.
Nuts.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on June 14, 2012, 06:07:00 PM
Nuts.  Yeah, sorry, man.

This one's yellow.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/clockyellowsmall.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on February 17, 2015, 01:28:42 PM
Back in the saddle, in my glamorous basement studio.  I'm working on a plaid table for a plaid-themed show.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10636057_10153007781091418_645580472252043957_n.jpg?oh=e3b38773a6164f36991663036a7774b3&oe=58691AD2)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: SQ the ΣΛ/IGMд on February 17, 2015, 07:42:22 PM
This might be my favorite piece in the show.  It's a box that apparently held a gift set of sommelier tools, judging from the foam liner that I removed.  It has one drawer and a lift-off lid, into which I cut a hole to insert a clock fitting that was left over from an abandoned project.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g3/aqb24712/SGU/boxclockpurple.jpg)

I <3 this piece
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: mindme on May 04, 2015, 09:10:24 AM
We need to see some recent works.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Anders on May 05, 2015, 04:59:55 AM
She's been busy entertaining all the twenty-year olds she meets on OkCupid.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: mindme on May 05, 2015, 09:09:17 AM
She's been busy entertaining all the twenty-year olds she meets on OkCupid.

Men that age just don't appreciate turning garage sale finds into mosaics that are both beautiful and practical.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on May 10, 2015, 04:23:17 PM
We need to see some recent works.

Thanks for the prompt, mindme.  I'm getting ready for the 2015 season, which opens in earnest this coming Saturday.

Here's a table I did for the 16th and Last Annual Plaid Show at a local church gallery.  They asked all the artists to label their works with noms de plaid.  Mine was G.O. Metrix-Tyler.  :)

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11014681_10153180394511418_7577681778600401973_n.jpg?oh=53ac41964ce2989de9f962fa76af0339&oe=587E5589)

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10659425_10153180394506418_6478869006246462756_n.jpg?oh=0a517aeefa99c6ce7b24a9426f007962&oe=587AA2C2)

It won third place!  But nobody bought it.  My mom is pleased with that, because she called dibs if it went unsold.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11244917_10153180394496418_9177980621844882492_n.jpg?oh=1c5fd44ed1c1aebe655ff0e00a3b23d6&oe=5874A6BA)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on May 10, 2015, 04:28:42 PM
Here's a before 'n' after.  Odd little wooden coin bank, maybe six inches tall, in the form of an old-fashioned pump/well.  I sawed it down a bit and made it into a tzedakah box with the colors of the twelve tribes. :)

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11130163_10153180327676418_2349594899336414280_n.jpg?oh=2581256a8127c31b505fbce96a2a6375&oe=587179AF)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on May 10, 2015, 04:29:56 PM
And here is a mildly terrifying "before."  I have plans for it.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1381420_10151879097951418_1652001729_n.jpg?oh=69912e76ae39f1fce180ed8c6cb05da4&oe=586162BC)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Anders on May 10, 2015, 07:27:57 PM
Do they involve fire?
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on December 04, 2015, 10:51:53 PM
Not fire....

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12295450_10153617686436418_2389973000394053894_n.jpg?oh=eadc5e444643d3d9f6c9bac8bfa94c01&oe=586C7121)

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12342651_10153617686336418_4202588212333096466_n.jpg?oh=524647c78ac3978ee12936044552e668&oe=58743000)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on December 04, 2015, 10:55:03 PM
Hmm, I need to go back and fix a bunch of links here, wtf.  Also need to share some more photos.  I have my favorite show tomorrow.

Here's another bank.  My friend Karin has directed me not to take it to the show; she wants to buy it for her nine-year-old son.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/t31.0-8/s720x720/12339456_10153617684011418_7921704265793266011_o.jpg)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on December 04, 2015, 10:59:29 PM
I've been having some fun with these little iridescent glass baby-bracelet beads. Here's a small jewelry box and a little white box for tooth fairy transactions.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12301566_10153617748431418_8240723162821942398_n.jpg?oh=f9903b850d7086af84c475e0d60a579e&oe=58664626)

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11048757_10153617748621418_757229946730296933_n.jpg?oh=6925915769928071256b536d52eb1c71&oe=586E678D)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: Henning on December 05, 2015, 12:18:40 AM
Woo!
Been busy, Miss Mosaic!

I like what you did with the blue bunny box. Or is it a pig?  ;)
I suppose anything would have been an improvement tho.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: mindme on December 07, 2015, 08:43:40 AM
I love these things!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: stonesean on December 18, 2015, 10:17:38 AM
Not that you need anyone else to pile on, but those clocks are f#$king rad!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on September 26, 2016, 02:35:34 PM
Oh, hi there, everybody.  I'm still making stuff.  Yesterday I went to a jurying session for a Thanksgiving-weekend show.  This is the third time I've tried to get into this show, sheesh.  It's hard to tell how it went with the five jurors, but I felt pretty good about this display of samples.  I took along some "before" pictures; I want to incorporate more of those into my show displays.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14457323_10154324373376418_6358651174975303699_n.jpg?oh=7613a8511e5a0b6b5231bc903360818a&oe=586EA15B)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on September 26, 2016, 03:16:10 PM
Making magnets from the lids of milk jugs, kitty-litter jugs, etc.  First I fill 'em up with lightweight Dry-Dex spackle; it turns white as it dries.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11329765_10153226900131418_501858382624798782_n.jpg?oh=f8650fae8252ccf935338fd4cd2ac421&oe=5879B1E4)

Paint 'em white, glue magnets on the back, tile those suckers!

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11137179_10153226903566418_6364888351428456535_n.jpg?oh=48553b4ccb93871f73ca3f342a98525b&oe=5875CF5D)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on September 26, 2016, 03:41:07 PM
Raw materials.

Flat-backed beads—big sale at the craft store!

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10385488_10153227055486418_7440370069417849487_n.jpg?oh=655b6644c6edb70c92d659e04641e973&oe=587F16AF)

Fabric scraps from my friend Polly the costume designer.  I use them behind clear colorless glass for custom tiles.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1524716_10153227056016418_7267306230006643286_n.jpg?oh=28a313912ed0e354b933e5ffe4b9fea5&oe=586524FC)

Aforementioned custom tiles in progress, using fabric scraps and scrapbook paper from the craft store.  I also use magazine pages.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11209403_10153227149786418_4231464189346557929_n.jpg?oh=75213fa8950a51a296c0b4a16f03d34f&oe=587AA635)

Buttons from the giant flea market at the fairgrounds!  They're lots of fun to work with, though I'm still trying to find the right kind of hard clear coat; the plastic is susceptible to terrible scratching from grout, no matter how careful I am.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11238967_10153617694596418_2697915108415006111_n.jpg?oh=0b2cedae9b85a8ff13264ed15503ad31&oe=58751D9A)

Also from the giant flea market—earrings and pendants discovered during a happy rummage through a pile of treasures on a dollar table.  I snip off the posts and backs.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12321556_10153617694871418_4965790099386835631_n.jpg?oh=79fbc2c92d48db0abd9177473b59d138&oe=58659E5B)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on September 26, 2016, 03:42:51 PM
I recently bought a pistol-grip glass cutter. I like to decoupage patterned paper or fabric on a piece, then tile it with colorless glass.  I can get colorless glass super-cheap by buying picture frames at the thrift store, but I discovered that the glass isn't thick enough to be cut with tile nippers, and I didn't really want to go the hammer route.

With this cutter, you score the glass, then snap it (hence the pink gloves).  I started out doing random angled shapes, then practiced some strips. Gonna try doing some curves and circles.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14064178_10154229230766418_2954883828569011893_n.jpg?oh=0b4e8b86f75ce7460a2e1f788aedcf9e&oe=587343AD)
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: mindme on September 27, 2016, 08:59:58 AM
Oh, hi there, everybody.  I'm still making stuff.  Yesterday I went to a jurying session for a Thanksgiving-weekend show.  This is the third time I've tried to get into this show, sheesh.  It's hard to tell how it went with the five jurors, but I felt pretty good about this display of samples.  I took along some "before" pictures; I want to incorporate more of those into my show displays.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14457323_10154324373376418_6358651174975303699_n.jpg?oh=7613a8511e5a0b6b5231bc903360818a&oe=586EA15B)

Are those boxes the same as these boxes:

http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,38835.msg9367252.html#msg9367252

They look huge isolated.
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on September 27, 2016, 09:36:02 AM
Yes, that's the same cube bank, and you're right—it looks yuuuuge out of context!
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: SQ the ΣΛ/IGMд on January 06, 2017, 09:41:51 AM
Woo!
Been busy, Miss Mosaic!

I like what you did with the blue bunny box. Or is it a pig?  ;)
I suppose anything would have been an improvement tho.

You should so change your username to that. ^
Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: CarbShark on August 07, 2017, 09:09:41 PM
I can't see these photos  >:(

Title: Re: AQB Mosaics
Post by: AQB24712 on August 07, 2017, 09:58:48 PM
I can't see these photos  >:(

I can't either.  Some of them might be on Photobucket, which is now being an asshole.  Or they might be linked from Facebook, where I might've rearranged albums and broken the links.  I'll update when I can.