Wednesday, October 17, 2012

2012 Artists Series Featuring Amy Persechini

Introducing Mosaic Artist Amy Persechini

I hope you will enjoy the following discussion and beautiful images of Amy's Mosaic Frames. She has found a perfect niche. Her unique Mosaic Frames are so special for Wedding, Shower, New Baby, Birthday, or Anniversary Gifts. Also an exciting gift for yourself to frame a favorite family photo!

1)          Amy, when did you become interested in art? Did you study in school or are you self-taught?

For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed art as a Fine Craft. I have a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration but my favorite things to make are crafty things: I like to quilt, cross-stitch, rubber stamp cards, make holiday décor, and Halloween costumes for my kids when they were young, decorate fancy birthday cakes, make jewelry, etc. I always have some kind of creative project going.

2)         You work in mosaics, which fascinates me. When did you gravitate to that genre?

I have always been attracted to mosaic art. Perhaps this love started back when I was a little girl. I spent my summers in Mexico. I remember my mom taking me to a neighborhood park that had large sculptures, covered in mosaic tiles. I always loved going there. I was able to climb those sculptures. Perhaps if I went back now I would find those sculptures quite small, I don’t know, but when I was little, they seemed like enormous, magical, Dr. Seuss-like shapes that I really loved! Mexico in general has mosaic art everywhere and I imagine that had an influence on me, too, as I spent so much time there growing up. I first started to mosaic shortly after moving to Overland Park. A lot of dishes broke in the move here from Rochester, NY and I thought I just had to do something with those broken dishes. I noticed a shop here in town that one could go to and learn to mosaic. I had never seen a place like that before. I went, took a lesson, and was hooked! This was back in 2002.

3)         Your mosaics are different than many I have seen. Would you tell us about that? What special tools are required?

 I really like using a mix of dishes and small tiles when I make my picture frames, something I have become somewhat of a specialist in as I have made so many! I like the idea of using chipped or broken plates, recycling of a sort. I also like mixing patterns and colors. Mosaic to me is sort of like quilting with dishes. My tools are very simple: a tile nipper and liquid nails and a file to smooth rough and sharp edges.


4)         It does take a special artist to work in intricate design, such as mosaics and jewelry. Do you find it challenging to have the patterns of color; shapes and all sizes come together?

I have gotten more meticulous with my frames over the years, really trying hard to fit the pieces together as tightly as I can. I have seen beautiful mosaics that are done in a whole different style. I feel like anything goes and anything is pretty attractive when it comes to mosaic art. I really don’t find it hard, just time consuming. And I also find mosaic work to be my therapy.


5)         Your special commissions are also very memorable. How did you emerge in that area?

My frame business has come about mostly by word of mouth. I started making frames as gifts and then people who I gave them to, started ordering them. I have had them in several shops from time to time but mostly I just sell them to people who ask. I don’t have a website so my business is pretty small at this time. 


6)         Who if any artists have influenced your work in mosaics. Have you had mentors along the way?

I don’t think I have been influenced by any specific mosaic artists but rather by the people I met over the years when I would go and work at the two mosaic shops that were in town for a while. Sadly, both have closed now. But the creativity I saw from other people’s work was amazing and inspiring.

7)         What words of wisdom or advice would you give a new or emerging artist?

If it is something you love to do, just do it, make your art.  It is an art form  that pays for itself with a little profit and that makes it worthwhile to me. I think for a person that is really driven to make art their career it can be done with passion and persistence, and knowing the right people to help you get your work out there and exposed would probably be really helpful too!

8)         If I wanted to order a frame from you, what should I know?

I would be very happy to make a custom frame for you. I can put special words on the frame to personalize it for a wedding or new baby, a birthday, a sentiment. Or, I can just mosaic the frame with no words. 

I sometimes have customers that would like me to use their own plates that have special meaning to them, maybe grandma’s dishes or the plates they grew up using, etc. I like to have an idea of colors, maybe 3. I use that as a guide. I need to know orientation, vertical or horizontal, if using words. I need the customer’s trust in my own creative ability to create something beautiful. I have no idea what the end result will be, my designs are not preplanned. I gather up the dishes and start cutting and putting together! 

I most often make a 5 x 7 frame and charge $50.00. I can make other sizes, of course, and the price would change accordingly. In most cases I can get a frame made within 2 weeks. I can be reached at

my phone number: 913-649-8981. My email:

Thank you so much to Amy; I know that she would love to hear your comments. and of course take any special orders from you.

Thank you to all of my readers who continue to support the arts through my site and other charitable contributions. There is no fine, well rounded society without the arts available in every form!

Art by Karena

Look for another Fine Art Feature coming up shortly!


Splendid Sass said...

I love to discover unique art, and this certainly is that!! I lvoe every frame!
Thank you for the interview and the images, Karena.
Happy Wednesday.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Karena! I have been noticing something strange as I go to blogs and even on my own blog; it is as if everyone has fallen off the planet! What is going on?

WONDERFUL ART here, as usual and all I can say is that I am grateful to have been on your page at one time!

How are you feeling? Anita

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Karena,

Those are very special frames, not the ordinary mosaic. Love the wording in them, it makes them personal and unique.
Thanks for introducing Amy to us.
Hugs to you,

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

What lovely frames! The mosaic work is fabulous! I also love that they can be personalized! Thank you for the interview and sharing this artist's work.

Suzy said...

Oh my goodness - these mosaic frames are amazing! It's easy to throw a bunch of pieces of ceramic together and call it a mosaic, but it takes a true artists vision and talent to create such lovely works of art. Thank you for sharing!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Karena...those frames are magnificent...I so love the personalized ones!!...Amy is so very talented!...Thanks for the interview ... truly enjoyed it!

Phioxee said...

wow! i know that Im not good in art. I know how to appreciate one, but not really good at it. amy really has a God-gift talent.

just me,

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Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Yes, you notice too? Well first of all, how are you today my dear? I hope you are feeling well. It is starting to get chilly for us here, and that always sets into our bones....

Do write when you get a chance! Anita

mary said...

Hi Karena, I love this interview. Yes, we need to support emerging artists!

Betty Manousos said...

these are all fantastic creations!
i would love to have some frames like these around my house.

love your super creative blog!

have a nice day!

visiting via katherine's corner.

Leslie said...

What a great idea! So unique, and I like the varied colors she shows. Word of mouth is the most effective way to start up a business. I'm sure she will be successful.. these are lovely!


Stacy Curran said...

Great interview and cool art!!

Gina said...

Beautiful frames! What an wonderful artist!

Katherines Corner said...

lovely! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo P.S. Have you entered my latest giveaway?

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Those are really pretty! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you will take a look at the bracelet I am featuring today. xoxo

PURA VIDA said...

I love this beautiful work. Very unique and special

Fashion-isha said...

Hi Karena,

I love to meet new artists and mosaics are an amazing art form. Thanks for the introduction!
Have a great weekend!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Amy's has so much wonderful talent. Her mosaic frames are truly one of a kind and fabulous!

annechovie said...

Thanks for sharing Amy's lovely work and so glad you're on the mend, Karen! xo

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi, Karena -
Enjoyed learning about Amy Persechini and her wonderful frames. Each unique and with interesting textures, colors and character. The shells are an unexpected treat. Thanks for the introduction :)

Kwana said...

These are wonderful. Thanks for the intro. She does beautiful work.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Wonderful art... and such a unique way to preserve a wedding invitation!

About Last Weekend said...

What pretty frames, I really like the yellow and grey one.

Isabelle Thornton said...

She is very talented!This is so pretty! Thanks so much for your visit!

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Nancy said...

Those frames are beautifully done and love the personalization to them. Thanks for the interview. Hope all is well Karena!
xo Nancy

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning sweet friend! I hope you are well today, getting stronger every day. Thank you for coming to leave a comment! HUGS TO YOU, Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh you dear sweet heart, you! Thank you for coming by to tell me you were thinking of me! May you have a beautiful day my dear. Anita

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

These are gorgeous.

Francine Gardner said...

These are so unusal and creative. they are extremely attractive and thanks for the background on the artist

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

This is a walk down memory lane...My sister and I used to do mosaic art...We actually did quite well and sold the business to a young woman that is still creating some of our deigns and new ones of her own today. It's a lot of work ...I can barely grip anything because of all the tile nipping that I did. This is very good work.

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