Quick! Name that frame!
Clearly a (very abstract) Rainbow Trout!
Framing a very realistic, carved, "found wood" Brown Trout by Jon R. Dennis.
There is a lot more color variation in this species than I would've guessed, but being the color freak that I am, I opted for the more saturated pottery and china patterns.
I was commissioned to make a line of trout frames for Brookings' Cashiers Village Outfitters to display biographies of several regional artisans whose works Brookings' is now selling.
I was asked to write the bios as well, so life doesn't get much better than when I am able to combine my love of writing with mosaic work!
For this more sedate piece, I donated my long-dead, paternal Grandmother's beloved Sasha Brastoff Surf Ballet pattern for the interior edge hoping to approximate the light blue, shimmering, silver belly of the trout. A cool, and very personally meaningful, china choice.
I also used some of my favorite contemporary Fiesta patterns because the deep color saturation and contrast is so attractive and eye-catching.
The frames are on sale at Brookings' at the Crossroads in Cashiers Village, North Carolina.
Watch this space for the upcoming Brook and Brown Trout frames!