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A Word Plaque: Believe and the Possibility of Mending

Believe Plaque in Mosaic by Nutmeg Designs
Believe Plaque in Mosaic by Nutmeg Designs

I am honored when our friend Joan entrusts us with a word that is meaningful to her.  Stratoz starts with the word as a whole, and decides where to put the cut-lines, and then the word slowly comes back together again, back buttering each piece with glue.  Over at Calm Things, Shawna Lemay posted a photo of a shattered teacup and poems by Dorianne Laux and Mary Oliver and ended with her own words:

{Instructions to myself}:   See with your hand outstretched. See the heart of your friend, a blue cup, a chinese dragon teacup. See, reaching out. See what may be on the brink. Hold it in your cupped hands.

This friend lost her husband and had her heart broken, and holds her outstretched to embrace “believe.”

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Nutmeg Designs at Kimberton Waldorf School 35th Annual Juried Craft Show, December 2 & 3, 2011

Hope in the Desert by Nutmeg Designs
Hope in the Desert by Nutmeg Designs, glass on slate, 10×6 inches.

 

The 2011 Kimberton Waldorf School Craft Show is here and Nutmeg Designs is glad to be part of it!  I have an affinity for this show, where students sell their handmade gifts alongside us, and fulfill the Waldorf philosophy as described at Why Waldorf Works:

Waldorf teachers believe that the human being is not just a brain – but a being with heart and limbs – a being of will and feeling, as well as of intellect… Here the arts and practical skills make their essential contribution, educating not only heart and hand but, in very real ways, the brain as well.

If you live in the greater Philadelphia area, come by and feed your heart with beauty!  Stratoz and I are especially glad hearted to bring our latest Hope mosaic, Hope in the Desert, a collaboration of our heart and hands.  We are in the gym, across from the stage(which is full of delightful crafts made by Waldorf students.)  Did I mention the dessert room?

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Goodness in Mosaic by Nutmeg Designs

Words Engraved in my Heart: The Goodness of Friends, Commissions, Art and Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness
Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness. Glass Mosaic. Lettering by Wayne Stratz, mosaic background by Margaret Almon, and Border by Suzanne Halstead

 

Friends and clients Suzanne and Gary Halstead commissioned me and Stratoz to turn the  9 Fruits of the Spirit into mosaic signs.  In April, 2011, all four of us gathered in our basement to pick out sheets of glass, and talk colors.  Wayne Stratz designed the lettering, cut out the letters, ground the edges.  Margaret Almon created the backgrounds, and then we gave them to Suzanne, who created the borders, grouted, sealed and polished them as part of sweat equity.  Gary installed them for the October 1st, 2011 dedication, which started with a walk through the Halstead’s stone labyrinth in their backyard.  These words will always be present in my heart after working with them so intimately over the past months, and I am honored that Suzanne and Gary were moved to commission us.

 

The Fruit of the Spirit
Wayne Stratz, Margaret Almon, Suzanne and Gary Halstead and the 9 Fruits of the Spirit Commission

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