HOW IT ALL STARTED
As a child, I collected tiny trinkets from people, places, and events to help me remember that place in time. Throughout my life I have found comfort in revisiting these treasured shoe-boxes filled with memorable keepsakes.
In 1989 I saw a picture of an early 20th century Memory Jar. Looking closer I saw jewelry, pieces of china, and hardware included in this tribute. Mind blown, I began experimenting on my own by applying tiny objects to jugs. I then became a self-taught found-object mosaic artist.
I have always approached mosaic spontaneously. I came across Ilana in an essay she titled Spontaneous Mosaic. It put words to my approach. I was able to take a 2-day workshop with her at a SAMA conference. Lovefest!
It probably didn't hurt that Fred (Fritz) Pospeschil lived across the street from my grandparents in Janesville, WI. He created many miniature cement houses, a pond and planters starting in the late 1930s. It was magical. It was a lot like the Fred Smith Concrete Park.