Last week my husband discovered a book at Goodwill about Picassiette. From 1938-1962 Raymond Isidore covered his home and property in Chartres, France with mosaics.
He was given the nickname of Picassiette which means both “plate stealer” and ” Picasso of plates.”
In 2004 I illustrated a book by Melissa Eskridge Slaymaker called Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey. (It is out of print now, but still available used.)
I visited Bottle Village before working on the book. Much of it was damaged by an earthquake, but much of it survived. While we were there a hummingbird followed us through the site, so I included it in many of the illustrations.
I didn’t get to see the kittens that she dyed with food coloring but I could imagine them.
Grandma Prisbrey transformed trash into treasure. Her life included a lot of sadness, but she seemed to transform that grief into creativity.
He has been working on a great mosaic wall for years.
Eventually the wall will surround his lot, but it includes windows.
If you are out of town you can visit Tim through this video. If you are in Seattle, wander by 26th and Howell in the Central District and say hello.
I hope this post will inspire you to make mosaics and to be happy when a beautiful dish breaks. Here is a how-to video for a mosaic picture frame; you could adapt the technique to other surfaces.