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Character appropriation

Being a good artist is hard. On the one hand, you have to learn the techniques of your medium to a point that you are at least proficient. On the other, you must discover ways to surprise or…

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The hibernating beast

I write this, as I sit, nestled in front of the new woodstove, looking out to a snow-blanketed Ruins Project. This winter has brought two new challenges to the homestead; wood-fired heat as our…

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To write … or not to write.

Photo by Celeste Van Kirk/Observer-Reporter  Rachel Sager at The Ruins Project a long-term mosaic art installation on her property in Perryopolis on Tuesday, August 5, 2017. I write…

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A storytelling stone

Makin somethin out of nothin…that’s a line I grew up hearing. The women in my family would use it with a quiet pride after cooking up an impressive meal from what seemed like an empty…

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Congdamento: Another lesson in what mosaic can be…

I have recently returned from what was possibly the hardest vacation I have ever had the good fortune to survive. It wasn’t really a vacation at all. The little village of Cong, Ireland, witnessed…

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Walking the line…online

​I hate to travel. It wasn’t always this way. My family loves to point out all of my red dots on the map from years of teaching and travel… Ireland, China, most of Western Europe, Czech Republic,…

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What is possible in mosaic?

“Political Statement” (2016) The easy answer is everything. Some artists who work in this medium choose to not identify as mosaic artists, probably for a few reasons. Firstly, choosing a…

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Time and tide wait for no man…or woman

I find myself racing to keep up with the momentum that is 2016 at Rachel Sager Mosaics. Some days I can only sit back in wonder at the heady mix of renovation, visiting travelers, studio work,…

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