Dragonfly in Progress from Nutmeg Designs

Dragonfly in Progress from Nutmeg Designs

And the Client said, “My Daughter loves dragonflies.”

Dragonflies are a marvel and I had them on my “one day list” of things to be inspired by, so I was plenty excited when this birthday gift commission flowed into our lives. Back in the day (wow, I got my biology degree 30 some years ago), I took classes where dragonflies made themselves present. Three aquatic ecology classes had me finding their lesser known stage on field trips around the Pocono Mountains, well, Plateau.

So here are the stages in our creation, post approval of the design:

Dragonfly Mosaic in Progress

First came the head, thorax, and abdomen which got glued next to paper wings. Cutting up those wings came next.

Dragonfly Mosaic in Progress

I picked out several types of amber glass, then worked with one at a time. Wings came into being.

Dragonfly Mosaic in Progress

Margaret first imagined a vertically aligned background at the bottom, but stopped and then moved forward.

Dragonfly Mosaic in Progress

Over time the background surrounded the dragonfly, and it was clear Margaret was highlighting the dragonfly while creating a beautiful background.

Dragonfly Mosaic by Nutmeg Designs

Grout bringing together the Dragonfly Mosaic by Nutmeg Designs

Dragonfly Mosaic by Nutmeg Designs

Ready to Fly: Dragonfly Mosaic by Nutmeg Designs, glass mosaic on slate, 10x10 inches.

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