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My first exposure to mosaics, around age 10, was thanks to a family friend who had refinished an old coffee table by mosaicking the top with tiny ceramic tiles. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen! She gave me the leftover tiles, two pairs of clippers, and the remaining can of horrifically fumed floor-tile glue. My parents had unsuccessfully been trying to interest me in some form of athletics or art or something (okay, anything!) and when it became evident I had found something that captured my entire attention, they were willing to support me to the point of researching appropriate methods, substrates, adhesives, grouts, etc. As this was in a time before the internet, the research involved books, lots of books. It also involved wall and floor tile from the local hardware store.....
As years progressed, I became distracted from mosaics and focused on schooling, marriage and career. Fast forward to one day when I was particularly frustrated with my 30 year vocation -> my wonderful husband reminded me of the long sealed-up box in the basement. Opening it, I was instantly transported and reunited with an old best friend – and instant stress relief! By this point, the internet was blossoming and we could instantly see pictures of other incredible mosaic creations, join groups, connect with like-minded people, WOW! Game changer!!! New materials, new methods, new processes, wonderful classes and valuable workshops!
Now, today, I am happily devoted to my passion, and I attempt to show interested students "The Basics", hoping to open the door for them to the many myriads of mosaics, while I continually strive to expand my own abilities, knowledge and range. I personally take at least 2 workshops per year from accomplished "Master" mosaicists, even online during Covid... I am an active member of the BC Mosaic Artist Group, MAC: Mosaic Artists of Canada, CMA2: Contemporary Mosaic Artists, SAMA: Society of American Mosaic Artists.
Trish Collins , Mosaicist. Sooke (near Victoria), B.C., Canada
Grateful to live and work on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish and Nuu-Chah-Nulth peoples, specifically T’Sou-ke Nation, Scia’new Nation and Pacheedaht Nation.
Update: So very tickled to be included in this wonderful book, "Creations Contemporary Decorative Mosaic" created and compiled by Jacqueline Iskander. This book presents Decorative Mosaic from around the world - 53 artists from 20 countries share 124 unique mosaic works. There are 166 pages of wonderful pictures and artist's commentary - including three Canadian artists, Heather J. Smith, Margo Anton and me! Available on Amazon.com.