Orange Nautilus Collaboration by Margaret Almon and Suzanne Halstead

Orange Nautilus by Margaret Almon and Suzanne Halstead

Orange Nautilus by Margaret Almon and Suzanne Halstead from their Marzanne Project.


Suzanne Halstead and I were sitting in the Collegeville Diner, as I interviewed her about her art.  Suddenly, Suzanne had the idea to collaborate with her pastels and my mosaic frames, and we christened it the Marzanne Project.  She came over to my studio with some artwork and we had fun playing with potential tesserae for frames inspired by the art, and chose some colors for mosaics that I would create to inspire her art.  Orange, of course, was one of the colors, because Suzanne is part of the sisterhood of orange!  I love how how her Orange Nautilus unwinds itself into the frame.

What we didn’t expect was that Suzanne would move to Ohio and Nutmeg Designs would be overflowing with commissions.  The commissions started a year ago as well, with Suzanne and her husband Gary’s Fruits of the Spirit project,* and have been rolling ever since!   So between the growth of Nutmeg Designs and the distance of Suzanne, we’re not sure where Marzanne will lead, but I treasure the work we have already collaborated on, and I will be adding them to the Nutmeg Designs Etsy Shop, in order to share them with our fans.


*Have no fear!  The Fruits of the Spirit mosaics went with Suzanne and Gary to Ohio, although they were sad to leave the labyrinth behind.

Interview with Suzanne Halstead Part 1:  Seining the Soul to Bring Vision into Being

Interview with Suzanne Halstead Part 2:  Release from Realism

Drawing Nearer: More Art by Suzanne Halstead


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  1. What a beautiful collaberation. Perfect, lovely harmony.

  2. It looks like a snail..Beautiful!

    Visiting for Orange Tuesday- hope you can stop by:)

  3. that is one beautiful orange wall art, lovely indeed! love the pattern too :-) Visiting from Orange Tuesday, hope that you can return an orange visit too

  4. great work as always! i love your mosaics frame, perfectly matched with her pastels. visiting from OT, hope to see you around. thanks and have a great weekend. :)