Size: 6”x6” / 15.2x15.2 cm
Tesserae: Scrap stained glass, millefiori, vitreous tile, and salvaged mirror
“This work depicts an abstract forest at dawn. On a salvaged mirror substrate, I have used scrap stained glass for the leaf canopy and the hilly ground, with accents of Italian glass millefiori. I left the tree trunks and branches as "open cut-outs" with no tessera, which allows the mirror substrate to show through and form the tree trunks and branches. The trees are all "interlocked" with one another by their web of branches. My intention with the overall composition is to suggest that between the heavens and the earth we are all interconnected ("Beyond Borders") and by using the mirror as a major element, I hope to remind anyone who views the piece and sees their reflection in the trees, that they, too, are part of that infinite connection.”
My name is Francesca De Lorme and I am the owner of Studio Fresca in northeastern Vermont. While I enjoy art of all kinds and work in a variety of media, as well as teach art part-time at nearby Burke Mountain Academy, I am totally and irrevocably smitten with mosaic. When I'm not delving into dumpsters or scavenging around salvage yards, I create Mixed-Media Mosaic Art using primarily recycled, salvaged and reclaimed materials — and I love the entire process. The art and craft of making mosaics is totally engrossing to me because it involves the heart in the passion of creation, the head in fitting together all the elements of the puzzle, and the hands in fine craftsmanship. For me, art is both interaction and expression; an exploration of discovery that perfectly weds the mind, the soul and the body in an ongoing, thought-provoking, and always entertaining, dialog...with myself, with the world around me — and with ALL the stuff, both physical and metaphysical, of life.
I am affiliated with several local and national artists associations and my work has been consistently chosen for exhibit in major and minor juried shows. I also offer small group and individual classes; serve as Artist-in-Residence for schools; plan, design and coordinate community public art projects; and sell some mosaic materials and supplies.
Francesca De Lorme ~ Studio Fresca