One of the most memorable trips I've had with my family was to Japan, and I often find myself turning to Japanese motifs for inspiration. Kokeshi originated in northern Japan around 300 years ago when artisans began crafting dolls to sell to people visiting the hot springs in the area. They are made of wood and have a simple trunk, with no arms or legs, and a head. Contemporary ones could be anime characters, super heroes, or Frida Kahlo. Anything goes! So, why not mosaic?
Today I finished three hearts that are headed to Orlando, where mosaic artists Cherie Bosela and Jenn Kuhns are coordinating a collaborative mosaic honoring diversity and the memory of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Hundreds of mosaic hearts in the colors of the rainbow are being created and donated by artists from around the world. Individual hearts are done on mesh and mailed ungrouted. In Orlando the mesh will be trimmed and the hearts assembled into a mural.