From a very young age -- younger than I can remember, I have always felt the need to be creative. When I was little I would challenge babysitters to coloring contests. On weekends I would draw pictures and set up shop in front of my parents' house to sell them to passersby. During the Summers I would make needlepoint projects for my mom to sell at work. I happily explored every craft under the sun - from tie-dying and decoupage to cross-stitching and crochet. My passion for the creative started early.
It was in 1998 that I discovered my true passion. When I took my first mosaic class, I fell in love with the art form immediately. It was instantaneous. At the time, I was working full-time in magazine publishing which meant rushing home from long days at the office to delve into whatever project I was working on from the night before. I was burning my candle at both ends, but my hard work would soon reap tremendous rewards. I quietly showed friends my creations -- which immediately led to sales, and thus, Mosaic Madness was born. In 2005, I left the publishing world to pursue my company full-time.
However, my interest in mosaics began long before I enrolled in my first class. I grew up surrounded by the art form. My father, a creative type as well, made wonderful mosaic pieces while in college. In fact, the coffee table in my parents' family room today (see inset) is the very first piece he designed. Still today, I'm marveled at the quality of materials, choice of colors, and eye-catching designs. His pieces are classics in our family.
Since our humble beginnings, Mosaic Madness has not only expanded the many types of materials we use but also the style of pieces we produce. Inspiration comes from logos, textiles, advertising, nature, and books and how these items address the relationship between color, shape, and flow. We incorporate china, ceramic, vitreous tile, stained glass, hand-painted tile, smalti, beads, wire, shells, metal, smalto, millefiore, gems, wood, rocks, mirror, paper, and whatever else we can find.
The creative process is a beautiful, amazing thing....not only in producing, but also in teaching. It feeds the soul. And, with each piece we create, we learn something new. We feel blessed to do what we do every day and know that our art brings happiness to so many collectors. Thank you for your continued support and interest in our work. And for those of you who are new to Mosaic Madness....welcome to our virtual studio! Kick off your shoes, get comfortable, and enjoy our collection!
All the best,
Julie Galvin Weilbacher
Founder | Artist | Owner
P.S. If you're curious about what I do when I'm not playing a mosaicist in the studio...I'm a wife to Ken, and mom to young Owen. We enjoy watching sporting events together, crafting, being in the kitchen, popping bubbles, memorizing songs from TV programs with a furry red monster or a yellow panda, tending to our garden, and exploring South Florida.