McLaren's Snake Wall On the Way!


We are working on a 400 square foot community mosaic wall that wraps around the pond at McLaren Park in SF. It honors the endangered and beautiful San Francisco garter snake that once thrived at the park. Check out the great progress we made last weekend! And there are two more weekends to go.
The face of the wall is in stained glass and the top will be in ceramic tile. Stay tuned for more to come. If you'd like to jump in and help make the mosaic, sign up via the Doodle Poll HERE. There is still a lot to do!
Project spearheaded and funded by Help McLaren Park.

Mosaic On The Way - Get A Sneak Peak!

This one's all about New Orleans. Brass bands, beads, feathers, wrought iron and seafood are a few of the NOLA inspirations for this kitchen backsplash and (soon to come) flowy island bar top. It is all in glass - iridescent and swirly. We decided to interpret the inspirations into modern, abstracted designs that stand the test of time and trends (hopefully!). Although this is going into an Oakland kitchen, we are tuning into the Louisiana spirit. I was born and raised in Louisiana and come from 8 (!) La. generations that originated in New Orleans - so am Super happy to call on my roots in the Big Easy!! Who Dat!

Parchester Park Getting a Makeover

Over 200 people came together on a drizzly day in October to rebuild Parchester Park from the ground up in Richmond, CA. They built all the play equipment, painted games on the pavement, planted trees and more. All in one day! As part of that project each volunteer made a clay tile that has become part of this mosaic mural. A true labor of love and commitment, the mural will be installed on the outside of the park's community center facing the new playground. The mosaic represents the community of Parchester neighborhood and Richmond, empowered and united together, radiating out and making a difference in the world; plus celebration, life, love, diversity and more. We are slated to install tomorrow but it is supposed to rain!

Mosaic designed and led by Rachel Rodi. Huge thanks to production assistants: Carol Bevilacqua, Mark Tabler, Jen ODonnell, Denise Hart and Guy Fuerte! Project spearheaded by the City of Richmond and The Trust for Public Land.   

New Mosaic Floor Inset with Smalti Pizzas

Who knew smalti was great for floors? We just finished creating a sleek, ribbon shaped mosaic floor inset for TB Penick's new Bay Area office. They're an innovative design/ build company that loves mosaics! Four vibrant red colors of smalti from DiMosiaco were used to play off red terrazzo floor accents in the office. We needed so much glass - over 70 lbs - it had to be shipped directly from Italy. TB Penick wanted large pieces of glass cut in random shapes so we started with whole pizzas (the whole slab of poured smalti glass) to create a fun, crazy paving pattern. It's a highlight right when you walk in - a bright red ribbon that leads straight to the conference room where all the construction planning magic happens. Follow the red brick road! 

Mosaic Flowers Community Installation This Week!

Students at Edna Brewer Middle School did a super job creating 16 big flower mosaics! Over 300 students participated in the project, and we've been working with them over four days in the classroom to create the mosaics. It has been a whirlwind and a blast! Each panel depicts a California native wildflower and will be installed on walls of the school's inner courtyard this week.
Volunteers are invited to participate in the installation. If you would like to join us for a day or even an hour email Rachel here. The schedule is posted below. It's going to be great to get the mosaics up and see them on the wall! For more info on the project check out my last  blog post.  Hope to see you soon!

Nov 8  Friday - Install Sections   10:00a - 1:30p /  1:30p - 5:00p    
Nov 9  Saturday - Install Sections    10:00a - 1:30p /  1:30p - 5:00p   
Nov 10  Sunday - Grout    10:00a - 1:30p /  1:30p - 5:00p 

Flowers and Fruits

Our mosaic insets were just installed we wanted to share them! The designs depict flowers, fruits and vegetables from the client's garden and are created to-scale of the actual objects. So they appear to be bowls filled with displays of things picked that day. The inset brickwork was created 17 years ago and the clients have been waiting that long to fill them with mosaics! I must say this is the most idyllic and beautiful installation site I have worked on. The garden was simply stunning and felt like it was loved - cared for yet relaxed and enjoyed. The weather a steady mid 70's, and the clients were wonderfully kind, gracious and even offered me lunch. Life just keeps getting better and better. 

Production assistance by Randi Casenza, Elizabeth Grindon and Carol Bevilacqua.