I am excited and honored that Sybil Sage, an extremely talented comedy writer and mosaic artist, has been using some of my classic dinnerware patterns in her mosaic artwork. She is absolutely brilliant with this medium. I love the sense of movement and color in her work, and that's not all you can read an article in the New York Times , that talks about her and her work. This gal is not just about pretty broken plates her work has a twist, an edge, a HOOK. After reading her interview In the New York Times I was laughing out loud. Read it yourself and you will see why. Sybil has a very impressive resume and I can't believe that they said she was too old to write for TV. I find that ridiculous.
Robert Wright for The New York Times
The good news is she is building a business for herself creating these beautiful Mosaics that you can purchase from her website.
Thank you, Sybil for the guest blog.
By Sybil Sage
There's much about starting my new pique assiette (the French mosaic that uses broken plates) business that isn't fun (wandering around New York with massive rolls of bubble wrap, our home now looking like Home Depot, having different colors of grout under each of my fingernails), but connecting with people I meet online is one of the unexpected and fun perks.
Sue Zipkin is a name that became known to me on eBay, where I was trolling for beautiful and interesting plates (I won't destroy just any dishes) to use in the vases, picture frames, planters, lamps and candlestick holders I create. When I spotted her pastel salad plates, it was love at first site, and though the relationship isn't monogamous, I use her plates more than any others. Now I'm finding out that Sue Zipkin is a real person...and I'm not the only mosaic artist to have become charmed by the plates she designs. Her plate rims create graceful swirls and borders while the rest of the plate can be used as tiny shards, which I treat as if they're paint colors. My aspiration is to do original work, so I'm thrilled to see that though other artists are using Zipkin plates, our work is, in fact, different and unique.
Sue is the newest addition to the online buddies whom I see as friends of sybilsage.com. She joins the glass guy, who hearing that I was starting a new business, refused to accept payment for the clear, glass gems, and the urn lady, who threw in a bonus cremation urn for me to use in my Breaking News series, where the work comments on current American crises, with the note, "Do one on job losses."
There's something sweet about this community of strangers, which also includes new clients who've ordered from my site, shared stories about the people they're ordering gifts for and told me enough about themselves so that we've come to care about one another in a way that just doesn't happen at Bloomingdale's.
Below are more of Sybil's gorgeous mosaic work that use a variety of my classic dinnerware collectible plates.