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Breathing in the Light

Breathe Mosaic Word Sign
Breathe Mosaic in Pink and Tie-Dye by Nutmeg Designs. Glass on slate, 12×6 inches.

Consider this question from Shawna Lemay, Is it possible, even, that the light of the world, carefully observed, enters us, enters our breathing, and even our souls?

With this Breathe sign, I discovered that my new lamp was not illuminating enough of my work table, focusing light in a small area, and creating glare in its path and shadows all around. Light is meant to be shared.

But even without the right lamp, the intersection of light and breath is still strong when the light catches the iridescence and the shimmer makes me happy.

Breathing in the light is a way to come into your own being, a reminder that you belong to yourself, to the light, that you exist in the light, and because of light. And once you have drawn it into you, and I’m talking about the real light you observe and are warmed by, as well as a more spiritual type of light, you are able to share this with those who are struggling, you can inspire others who might be inhabiting a darker, more shadowy place. (Shawna Lemay, Transactions with Beauty)

This Breathe went across the street to our neighbors this week. They have commissioned pieces over the years, starting with their house number when they were able to move back in after a fire. This was a classic Christmas story, where they both asked us to make a house number as a surprise gift.

Commission your Breathe

Open Studio and Food Drive for Manna: Art for the Soul and Food for the Hungry

Rainbow Spiral Mandala for Nutmeg Designs Open Studio
Rainbow Spiral Mandala for Nutmeg Designs Open Studio

Saturday May 18th 11-5
Sunday May 19th 12-5

Nutmeg Designs is celebrating the Fourth Annual Spring Open Studio: Open Heart with mosaics and stained glass for purchase, and a food drive for Manna on Main Street to feed the hungry. Here is a list of items needed at Manna.

Earn a chance to win a 3D Stained Glass Suncatcher for every five items of food. All food will be taken to Manna on Main Street Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen in Lansdale, PA. Last year we collected over 400 pounds of food from our amazing visitors!

45 E. 4th St., Lansdale, PA 19446

Parking is often available on Broad or Chestnut.

Children are welcome but due to the nature of our glass art need to be under direct supervision.

Accessibility: There are 5 steps into the house. All art is on the first floor. The studios are on the 2nd floor as is the bathroom.

Farm to Easel at Exhibit B Gallery in Souderton, PA through 2/9/19

Sunshine and Shadow Log Cabin Quilt Block by Margaret Almon
Sunshine and Shadow Log Cabin Quilt Block by Margaret Almon

 

My Sunshine and Shadow Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic is on display at “Farm to Easel” at the Exhibit B Gallery Annual Winter Group Show. All work includes farm-related subjects from the Pennsylvania landscape to images of quilts, farm animals, the harvested bounty and beyond. 20+ artists and 30+ paintings from artists far and wide. The show continues thru 2/9/19.

Farm to Easel at Exhibit B Gallery
Farm to Easel at Exhibit B Gallery

Exhibit B Gallery: Gallery of art and fine craft in a lovingly restored former 1901 cigar factory.

105 N. Main St, Souderton, PA

Hours: Thursday & Friday 2-7 and Saturday 11-5

or by Appointment Call (215) 799-0266

To order online: Shop Exhibit B Gallery

Glorious Contrast: Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop Meets Mosaic

Around the Square by Margaret Almon, glass and ceramic on wood, 8×8 inches.
I remember reading that color gets all the glory but contrast does the heavy lifting! This mosaic was inspired by a pattern from The Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop from Weeks Ringle and incorporates some broken dishes from my great grandmother Margaret’s china—the feathery white and amber pattern. My mother was so pleased that I could use the broken pieces in my art. This one hangs in my studio.

A Colorful Trip Around the World with Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett is the epitome of bright colors with his quilts, fabric, knitting and mosaics. I had the chance to see his work at the Michener Art Museum  a few years ago. A postcard of this quilt is on my bulletin board in the studio. I feel a kinship with those who love the colors in Fassett fabric!  I made some Trip Around the World Mosaics early in my mosaicking. I may need to revisit it.
Sunshine and Shadow Trivet by Margaret Almon
Trip Around the World/Sunshine and Shadow Trivet by Margaret Almon

Color as Motivation

Rainbow Tracker and Colorful Pendants
Rainbow Tracker and Colorful Pendants by Margaret Almon.

I am very partial to orange, but really I never met color I didn’t like in art making. I noticed as I had these pendants sitting on my bullet journal tracker that there was definitely a similarity! I am highly color motivated, and getting to color a square after doing a task helps me get things done. The narrow striped pendants are a new shape for me, and I will be bringing a new crop to the North Penn Holiday Market November 17th, 2018. Just 1/2 inch wide, and 2 inches long and full of color. Send me a message if you want to know when they will be in the Nutmeg Designs Etsy Shop.

Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic Trivet in Autumnal Tones

Asymmetric Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic by Margaret Almon
Asymmetric Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic by Margaret Almon, glass on wood, 10×10 inches.

 

Quilt patterns never cease to delight me! This is a variation on the Log Cabin quilt block, and I never grow tired of all the ways to express Log Cabin Quilt Love. The modular nature of quilts is very suited to mosaic. I used to think I liked sewing, but I actually liked pattern, fabric, color.