Libby Denenberg's Profile

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I’ve always loved to “make stuff.” One of my favorite childhood memories is going to the 5&10 to find crafty supplies to spend hours on end gluing and sewing into some kind of “creation.” Eventually my love of art took me to Syracuse University where I studied the fiber arts; tapestry weaving, surface pattern and soft sculpture. Following graduation I spent a number of years instructing arts & crafts to kids who also loved to “make stuff” and in the 80’s designed and created hand-dyed and painted clothing for children. Many art classes and a trip to Antoni Gaudi’s Parc Guell in Barcelona later, I discovered the amazing world of mosaics!
My love of color, collecting, and scavenging through rummage, tag sales and thrift shops, now had a purpose! I began practicing the mosaic art of pique assiete (a French word meaning “plate stealer”). This bits and pieces technique allowed me to select favorite elements…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 13
  • Joined November 27, 2009

Favorite materials

Vintage china, stained glass, antique buttons, antique furniture, baubles and beads, momentos, and found objects, ephemera, crystals, lace, paper mache, clay, glitter

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About

I’ve always loved to “make stuff.” One of my favorite childhood memories is going to the 5&10 to find crafty supplies to spend hours on end gluing and sewing into some kind of “creation.” Eventually my love of art took me to Syracuse University where I studied the fiber arts; tapestry weaving, surface pattern and soft sculpture. Following graduation I spent a number of years instructing arts & crafts to kids who also loved to “make stuff” and in the 80’s designed and created hand-dyed and painted clothing for children. Many art classes and a trip to Antoni Gaudi’s Parc Guell in Barcelona later, I discovered the amazing world of mosaics!
My love of color, collecting, and scavenging through rummage, tag sales and thrift shops, now had a purpose! I began practicing the mosaic art of pique assiete (a French word meaning “plate stealer”). This bits and pieces technique allowed me to select favorite elements from beautiful time worn china and ceramics and bring it back to life in a whole new way. This led to the challenge of taking something intended for one purpose and using it differently. Maybe the curvy lip of a vase would be the perfect ruffle for a fairy’s dress, or perhaps plucking the flowers from a porcelain bouquet or slicing a china figurine in half, could be used as a thematic element for a vase or mirror. From there, an interest in other mosaic materials and techniques developed and I began to incorporate the never-ending palette of vitreous and stained glasses, ceramics, found objects, and anything else that looked “glue-able”. With the amazing versatility of the medium I feel I’ve only scratched the tip of the mosaic iceberg!
What I hope to achieve in each one of a kind mosaic is a sense of balance, a lively flow of color, pattern and texture - and hopefully bring a smile as well.

- Libby Denenberg

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