Dimensions: 9" x 11" / 22.8cm x 27.9cm, framed hanging panel
Tesserae: Stained glass, millefiori & mother of pearl chips
“Our fur babies are not only a part of our family, but I also consider them among my best friends. They keep me company while I work in my studio and many times are the inspiration and subjects of my work such as this piece. If they are not roaming the studio or sitting in my lap or on my work table, they are doing what they do best...cat napping!”
Art as a whole is a truly subjective medium, what may be inspiring to one may not be inspiring to another, yet there has always been one universal core of art to me personally...texture. Mosaics gave that to me; it not only allowed me to create artwork that was pleasing to the eye, but incredibly fun to touch! Though my work is mainly done with stained glass, I enjoy creating sustainable “green” work using up-cycled, discarded, and lost materials. I also like to include natural materials found on our island home and in our travels. My husband swears that someday I’m going to get run over by a car because I’m always looking down to see what someone may have dropped or lost! My work is generally very colorful and sometimes whimsical, but as with all artists, changes depending upon my current inspiration. I create fine art, company logos, jewelry, home/garden art, community art, and commissions, as well as teaching the art of mosaic as well as needle felting.
Over the last few years my work has expanded to include fiber art which includes: felt mosaics whereby individual pieces of felt are hand-cut and hand-embroidered, needle felted sculptures/artwork, as well as a line of artisan felt pet toys.
My work has been published in Mosaic Art 2-5, an international portfolio of contemporary mosaic art, has been featured in newspaper articles across the country, and an artist’s profile done on public TV in Lake County, FL. I’ve participated in many community projects across the U.S. including, Doctors without Borders, the Orlando Literacy League, St. John’s Providence Park Hospital, Calusa Nature Center, The Family Place (home for battered & abused women/children), and many others.
Being born and mostly raised near the Gulf of Mexico I’m a “beach girl” though you’d never guess from my pale skin. I enjoy walking the beach collecting shells, I’m an avid reader (when time allows), an admitted cat person, my husband and I are huge “foodies” and we love going to farmers’ markets, cooking together and recipe hunting.
Cindy Sbrissa ~ Glass/Mixed Media Mosaics & Fiber Artist
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