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Randi Wolf's Profile

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I've been an artist all my life. I graduated with a Masters Degree from Pratt Institute in 1980 and since then I've had a career as a professional graphic designer and photographer. In 2007 when my son Payton was 7 years old, he was taking an art class in mosaics, and he asked if I could take it with him. I was the only adult among a dozen kids! A little embarrassing... but I instantly got hooked on making mosaics.

The concept for my shop, Second Look Mosaics, is that I buy most of the items that I use in my pieces from thrift stores – stuff you normally wouldn't give a "second look". Things like used picture frames, clocks, mirrors, jewelry boxes, etc. I picture how I can give these second-hand pieces a second chance. Then I buy old china, plates and glass and break them up, using these pieces along with traditional mosaic tiles and apply them to the second-hand items. It's…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 17
  • Joined January 3, 2011

Favorite materials

Mosaic tile, broken china, jewels, marbles, coins, seashells

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About

I've been an artist all my life. I graduated with a Masters Degree from Pratt Institute in 1980 and since then I've had a career as a professional graphic designer and photographer. In 2007 when my son Payton was 7 years old, he was taking an art class in mosaics, and he asked if I could take it with him. I was the only adult among a dozen kids! A little embarrassing... but I instantly got hooked on making mosaics.

The concept for my shop, Second Look Mosaics, is that I buy most of the items that I use in my pieces from thrift stores – stuff you normally wouldn't give a "second look". Things like used picture frames, clocks, mirrors, jewelry boxes, etc. I picture how I can give these second-hand pieces a second chance. Then I buy old china, plates and glass and break them up, using these pieces along with traditional mosaic tiles and apply them to the second-hand items. It's like an artistic way of recycling!

Once in a while I enjoy putting a little whimsy and "surprise pieces" in my work, like seashells, coins and jewels to give each piece a one-of-a-kind artistic touch. I try to find and create items that have unique character. I usually work within a limited color scheme on each piece, so they appear more "planned out" – but at the same time, I often enjoy creating a "crazy quilt" style, mixing different kinds of tiles, mirrored glass, gems and broken pieces of china. Each mosaic is painstakingly designed and produced, as I polish it over and over again until the mosaics sparkle. Often I go around each tile with a toothpick to assure that the entire piece is shown through the grout.

Many of my mosaic creations take several days to produce, yet I try to keep my prices reasonable and affordable.

If you like something, but maybe it's not in the right color scheme, I may be able to do something similar as a custom project. But because I enjoy starting out with unusual items from thrift stores, many of my pieces can not be duplicated. Also if you see a mirror but would like it to be a picture frame (or vice-versa), many are interchangeable – just let me know.

I've been actively selling my pieces at craft shows since September 2010, and I am still amazed that I have sold a hundreds of them. Here and there I've had my mosaics on sale local shops, like "Lori's Loft" in Pitman, NJ. People say they make wonderful gifts. If you're interested in a totally unique, beautiful and creative piece of art – whether it be a gift for a special occasion or for yourself – I hope you'll consider buying one of my Second Look Mosaics!

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