Wordless Wednesday: Miriam Schapiro (1923-2015) Reclaiming Decoration and Pattern for Art

Miriam Schapiro, Another Spring (1985)

Miriam Schapiro, Another Spring (1985), acrylic, fabric and beads on paper. Photo by Wayne Stratz(2015).

From our vacation this summer at the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University.

Read more about Miriam Schapiro’s boldness in reclaiming traditional women’s handiwork in her art in the 1970’s when the term “decorative” was a slur ~ via quilt historian Barbara Brackman’s blog Material Culture.

Leap Stained Glass: Commission for a Minister and Spiritual Creative Woman

Leap and the Net Will Appear by Wayne Stratz

Leap and the Net Will Appear by Wayne Stratz. Stained glass and scrabble tiles(not pictured), 11×14 inches.

She arrived with print-outs from our website, and a bag of Scrabble tiles.  She wanted the word “leap” in flowing bright colors: red, orange, yellow, and the tiles spelling out “and the net will appear.”  She wanted the light to shine through all that color, so the project went to Stratoz.  We’ve known this client for a long time, along her path to becoming a minister, with all manner of hurdles, and yet discerning her call, attending Community College, Seminary classes,  finding a church and her ordination.  It was an honor to know she looked at our work when she needed an infusion of inspiration and joy and that she chose to commission original art as her birthday gift ~ rather than, as she put it, getting another piece of jewelry that she never wears.

What word speaks to you?  Talk to us about commissions.

Inspiration is Everywhere: Cover Art from Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn's Von HImmel hoch from Carus music publisher

My choir part for Mendelssohn’s Von HImmel hoch from Carus music publisher. Cover uncredited.

Traveling Orange: Photographing Mosaics

Orange pendant by Margaret Almon

I have been experimenting with photographing my pendants on a white background to help the colors shine.  I love my old windowsill, but sometimes the patterning in the wood competes with something small like a pendant.  One of my favorite aspects of mosaic is that it changes with the light, and yet it makes for […]


Wordless Wednesday: Kumiko Zaiku from the George Nakashima Reading Room

Kumiko Zaiko Joinery in an Asa-no-ha pattern from the George Nakashima Reading Room

George Nakashima Reading Room at the Michener Amazing Kumiko Zaiku from Tozai Design


New Day Mandala and the Grace of the Sunrise

New Day Mandala by Nutmeg Designs

  I love how Stratoz describes our collaboration on this New Day Mandala: Orange and Blue are opposites that complement each other in this mandala to greet a new day. As refreshing as a night of rest this glass mosaic is a circle of hope for being renewed with the rising sun. Designed and started […]


Wordless Wednesday: A Wedding Gift Mirror in Blue Green with Initials and Date

Blue Green Log Cabin Wedding Mirror by Margaret Almon of Nutmeg Design

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