For the last several years I have been involved in "All the Arts for All the Kids"; a foundation set up to provide classes in the arts to the public school children in the city of Fullerton. Last year, the Artbreakers (a mosaic group to which I belong) was challenged to mosaic a 5 foot tall heart to be auctioned for the cause. It was a tremendous amount of work but well worth it---over 350 total hours but the heart sold for $5,000. You can read about it in an earlier post called "10 of Hearts".
This year we were challenged again---6 of us worked on the heart in Nancy's garage. The theme was to be as if we were making overlapping "prayer rugs", but some who view it think it looks more like quilts than rugs. To make it easier to work on, each person drew off a section and applied their mosaic rug design to mesh. Then, the mesh piece was applied with thinset, and finished off with grout.
Hopefully we will get a generous buyer who will see the value of the donation, the beauty of the work, and the hearts behind the heart.