Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr could have been called Mosaicmaker’s Color Workshop. This book propelled me into the studio to experiment with squares, and observe how different elements receded or advanced toward my eye. These are all squares within squares, but a pale square pops out in a dark background, an orange square vibrates against a blue one.
Mosaic added another element to play with: topography. Unless something requires a flat surface to function, I am not a “run your hand over it perfectly smooth” mosaicist. I like levels with some pieces standing proud, and others retreating into quiet.
Like a memory quilt incorporates fabric from someone we love, I incorporated some broken pieces from my great grandmother Margaret’s china. My mother had given me the pieces, heartened by the possibility that I can create something with them. I was named for my great grandmother. I keep this mosaic on my studio wall.