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Mosaicing a Chair for the Chair-ity Auction

Sunflower Mandala Chair in Progress by Margaret Almon
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Sunflower Mandala Chair in Progress by Margaret Almon

A friend, who had an unfortunate flooding of her basement studio, asked me if I would consider mosaicking the chair she was going to do for the Dan Bilodeau Memorial Chair-ity Auction, since reconstructing the basement has wreaked havoc with her art-making.  I decided I was up for the challenge of a three dimensional child’s rocking chair by August 14th, and after much gluing, the grouting is underway.

First, I placed it on my low drawing table, and bolstered the runners with bubble wrap so I didn’t have to mosaic a chair in motion.  The indented portion of the seat was just right for a mandala shape.

Then, I hoisted it onto my drafting table and tipped it on it’s back, the runners digging into the table like ice skates, which made for a fairly stable surface.  It’s been fun to figure out how to work on different parts of the chair, and have so many possibilities.  I am resisting covering the whole thing.

This annual event takes place in Phoenixville, PA, and the chairs are on display in store windows  until the auction on October 17th, 7-9 pm, Franklin Hall@Franklin Commons 400 Franklin Ave, Phoenixville.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and  the proceeds will benefit the Phoenixville Area Children’s Learning Center.

Note:  Here’s how the grouting turned out!

Sunflower Mandala Chair by Margaret Almon
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Sunflower Mandala Chair by Margaret Almon

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