One of my personal challenges for 2013 is to create something each month to get my creative juices flowing. Good idea, but I had no plans or ideas for January. My employer came to my rescue with a wall mosaic project in which employees had the opportunity to design one or more tiles. I thought this would be a great family project and signed up for six tiles. My family, however, was not interested. A couple of weeks, six tiles, minimal rules were the seeds of my first creative project for January, 2013.
My employer consists of a creative bunch of designers. And me. We are similar in that we both have ideas. Their level of execution is incredible. The amount of raw talent in Ware Malcomb is amazing. Then there is me. I try. I follow directions. I do my best. Raw talent, however, is not part of my make up. Let’s just say I’m still learning.
The project consists of 93 tiles with approximately 59 pieces have a designated black and white area to create a – WM – logo. Four of my six tiles had a designated black and white area. These areas could only have black and white, the other areas could be any color but not contain any black. Here are my tiles:
Three tiles were painted with acrylics. One was newsprint with an acrylic wash. I hand sewed a quilt block for one and the last I raided my sewing box and created a stars and stripes with fringe, silver lame and hot glued clear stars.
I loved this project. Not only did I play with different mediums but it challenged my comfort zone. Submitting the tiles was one of the most nerve wracking, anxiety riddled moments of my life. Seeing my tiles on the wall, collaborating with this incredibly talented group makes me happy and proud.