MOTH & TWIG

Hello! I'm the artist behind MOTH & TWIG Mosaic Art Jewelry. Thank you for stopping by.

I've worn a few hats in my day and am thankful for it. I find that I am happiest when I'm working with my hands, manipulating materials into small, wearable works of art. I utilize various materials including smalti, glass, millefiori, filati, and ceramic. I re-work these materials to create depth, texture, and interest. Fashioning miniature art pieces into jewelry combines my loves for jewelry and mosaic arts.  I am currently broadening my fabrication and enameling skills and hope to combine these skills with mosaic work soon. 

I started working in mosaics in 2002 and have been in love ever since. Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to learn the art from many talented mosaic artists at the Institute of Mosaic Art in the Bay Area, including the founder, Laurel True, and instructors Rachel Rodi, Margo Anton, Glynnis Kaye, and Randi Casenza, to name a few. I have also implemented mosaic in my work as a mental health therapist, helping children express their emotions through mosaic. Art is a wonderful way to explore feelings and foster self-awareness.

I discovered micro-mosaics a number of years later and found that I love working small scale. I combine traditional mosaic techniques with daily experimentation. Working small scale requires patience, a steady hand, keen eyesight, and an array of interesting tools. I am inspired by nature and strong graphic patterns. I tend to favor saturated colors and often work in color palettes inspired by some of my favorite regions including the Pacific Northwest, the Southwestern US, the Mediterranean, and the jungles of Central America. I travel to Costa Rica often and am currently working on a collection that is inspired by the flora and fauna of the area. Stay tuned for information about a retreat I will be hosting in the Southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica in 2017!

Thanks again for stopping by!

June Martin

The Idea

First and foremost, I am a mosaic artist. I also love to create unusual jewelry, so one day I decided to combine the two loves. Voila! Moth & Twig Mosaic Art Jewelry was born! 

 

 

 

 

Style & Quality

I incorporate a variety of materials into my work. Sourcing the world for intriguing and high-quality materials is half the fun! Some of the materials I use include earthenware ceramic tiles that I source from Morocco, smalti, filato, mosaic gold, various pewter embellishments, stained glass, Italian millefiori, and beads to name a few. I'm always finding new materials to play with so who knows what I'll incorporate into my designs next. I use various bases including solid pewter plated in .999 fine silver, pure copper, sterling silver overlay brass, copper plated pewter, and occasionally, solid sterling silver. I do not use leather cords as my shop is an animal cruelty free shop. Ear wires are solid sterling silver.

Handmade Locally

Every piece is designed and created by me at my studio in Portland, Oregon. I pride myself in my craftsmanship.  I use a variety of specialized tools to help me create my miniature mosaics including magnifying wear, tweezers, picks, a glass grinder, files, rubbing stones, just to name a few. The work is detailed and intricate. That said, I love the imperfections that are inherent in many of the materials I use. It is this combination of meticulous and imperfection that I feel makes for interesting and beautiful pieces.