The album mosaics is an idea that was formulated while I was working on the album series. Since I embroider directly through the album covers I am limited by the size of the album to establish the finished piece. While there are a few albums that are double or triple foldouts, most albums are only 12”x12” in size. While I was looking at the installation wall I envisioned larger pieces and then it dawned on me how to accomplish that. I envisioned each album, recreated as a mosaic, with hundreds on 2”x2” tiles comprising the album cover.
The mosaics tiles have been found in pieces I have created over the last 5 years, from my Americana series to the Shine a Light series and even as abstracts. The images or icons on each tile are hand digitized then each tile is individually embroidered and crafted as a separate piece and then combined to form an image. Some pieces contain hundreds of these individual pieces. The icons themselves also tell a story, and that story is different with each piece. Since each of these pieces contain hundreds of elements they are the hardest of my pieces to fabricate.