Since moving to Tucson in 1985, Andrea has casually explored several artistic genres such as drawing, painting, jewelry-making, and stained and fused glass art. However, when she moved to Wash., DC in 2010, she discovered her passion for mosaics when taking classes from renowned experts. While she learned a variety of techniques in her classes, she discovered that she most enjoyed creating mosaics from reclaimed and re-purposed materials, a.k.a. ‘bling.’ She returned to Tucson in 2016 with her husband to start Upcycle Tucson, a creative re-use arts center. The center has since closed but Andrea still follows her passion for creating upcycled mosaics, teaching classes, and promoting the sustainability aspect of her art (she is a certified Master Recycler).
Description of Medium
My mosaics are messages about consumerism and creativity: We (I) have too much stuff. Most stuff does not need to be thrown away; a lot can be recycled, re-used, or re-purposed. Thus, I create mosaic art with stuff. The unique colors and shapes of my stuff (what I call ‘bling’) inspire and delight me. My goal is to inspire and delight others with my mosaics while proposing that we can all be more with less. I also teach others to create upcycled mosaics, so join me in a class.
GlassMixed Media 2D & 3D
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