Artist ~ Lisa Calabro

Artist’s name: Lisa Calabro
Shop name: CrookedMoonMosaics
Twitter: Lisa Calabro @MoonMosaics
Pinterest: Lisa Calabro

1. Tell us about your work
I make one of a kind modern mosaic accessories, jewelry and art for your home. I use stained glass, glass tiles, semi precious stones, African Trade beads, metals, found objects, vintage jewelry, and vintage jewelry components.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I've always been into art in one form or another. From drawing and painting to basket weaving, home and garden design, stained glass and everything in between! My father was a sculptor who studied in Italy and a jewelry designer. I definitely get my talent from him.

I started mosaics in about 2005 and was instantly addicted to it! I couldn't stop making things and decided to try a small local craft show. I was pleasantly surprised at the acceptance of my work and decided to get serious and make it a business. I still wait tables at night to help support myself but I'm working towards concentrating full time on my art.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Other mosaic artists inspire me just to keep at it and push the envelope on what people consider "mosaic" Some of the work they create is just mind blowing!
For my own work and designs it is mostly the materials (known as tesserae in the mosaic world) that inspire me. I'll start with one little stone and from there design as I go for my buckles and jewelry, For my larger pieces, like the guitars, I usually start with the color palate, then pick the tesserae I want to use and then come up with a design that I will draw out on the guitar.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
By far my belt buckles are my favorite! I sometimes work on several at once. I get so many ideas in so many styles it's great to have those mini canvases to get them out on! They are all one of a kind which makes them very special to the buyer because they know they are the only person who is going to have that buckle, ever!

5. What’s your best seller?
My belt buckles for sure! Recently though, I designed a rainbow micro mosaic pendant which is VERY popular! My guitars are very popular and social media LOVES them but unfortunately I don't have the time to make many .

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
With the exception of about 8 years when I lived in Mass, I have always lived in RI! Born and raised here! Grew up in East Greenwich and now live in Cranston.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
The art scene, the amazing restaurants, the coast line and the farm lands, the eclecticism of the people, cultures and styles. The infamous as well as the famous celebrities here!
I was very homesick when I lived in Mass!

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
I was honored to have an article written about me in the August issue of a great free local magazine called RI Local!

I'll be moving to another part of Cranston Sept 1st. As soon as I get settled I will start having small mosaic workshops. I love to share what I know with others of this incredible medium!

I will be selling my work at the Scituate Art Festival and The Foundry Show this year. If you make it to either of these shows please stop by my booth and say Hi! Love to meet and talk to people!!


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