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I’m happy and excited to share with you my good friend Joe Dunbar’s Kickstarter project The Runway: A Fashion Documentary.

He’s been creating works of fashion for at least 25 years, as well as training the next generation of models – many of which have gone on to do work for Nike and model in L.A.

Joe created one of the gowns for Miss Oregon’s wardrobe for the Miss America Pagent two years ago, as well as doing many custom designs for brides, beauties, and their mothers.

His works range from Little Black Dresses to Costumes for theatre, dance, and play, as well as his gorgeous gowns for dress and bridal occasions.

I’ve helped him out here and there over the years with my mosaic tenacity by bead-dazzling many of his gowns, costumes, and masks – as well as by cheerleading his efforts and helping clean up before a show!

I hope you’ll check out his work and support his endeavors, as I will be doing with my “sweat equity”- helping to create masks for the runway show.

An update here- Joe is now fundraising over at indiegogo- please help him out with any small donation you can.

The Blue Door Garden Store

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This cute little garden shop just started carrying some of my ceramic plaques!

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They are located in the historic gold mining town of Jacksonville,OR in a builing I’m guessing must be around 130 years old. It’s tiny, but very cute and it has really quality products.

They sell fountains, garden art, tools, lanterns, furniture, and these sweet little miniature garden furnishings for making fun container gardens for inside too.

Plus there’s Zoe, the long haired dauschund who guards the door, greets the visitors, and generally makes me smile.

Stop by next time you’re in the area, going to a show at the Britt Festival, or taking in some of the local wineries and scenery.

And tell them I sent you and you’d like to see more of my work 😉

The tiles are coming! The tiles are coming!

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Whoot whoot! They came out great-there will be a line of these that wrap around one step of Pete and Carol’s front porch entry.

About 34 linear feet. I will be so excited to see this project completed.

They just put in all of their front garden landscaping last fall and I think it’s going to be a beautiful final touch.

Their home is a gorgeous Italian villa on top of a hillside just outside of Talent, OR.

As I write this we’re having a thunderstorm rage outside (unusual for this area) and I’m counting my blessings that the kiln was fully fired before this hit.

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The power has been flickering off and on and that’s no good when you’re running a high voltage kiln!

I still have one more load to fire, but I think I’ll wait for a better day to start that one.

Mosaic Marathon

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I was lucky enough to be a little helper bee under the tutelage of Lynn Adamo on this fun yearly event, creating mosaic art for a lucky non-profit in whatever community we hold our conference in that year. This year it was Tacoma, WA, and the recipient was the Boys and Girls Club of South Tacoma. Click on the above title for more info. and photos. We’d estimate that around 100 folks volunteered- and we had a blast doing it. Please share if you like!

missmosaicgirl takes on WordPress.com

Welcome to my first blog post EVER. Well, not exactly ever, but I keep rewriting this one as I’m working on what to say in this new venture.Karen_Rycheck_MissMosaicGirl

My goal here is to introduce myself as a visual artist to those of you who don’t know me, as well as show those of you who do know me what the heck is going on out in my studio and in my tiny world of art making. I create mosaics, ceramics, sculpture, murals, and on occasion ridiculously elaborate cakes. I hope you’ll check back with me on a regular basis to see what’s new, what’s influencing my work, and where I’ll be showing and selling so you can become proud owners of some of my pieces! Have a great rest of your day!