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Artist Interview: Dawn Briskey

Let me introduce you to Dawn Briskey, from now-chilly Chicago Illinois!

I have three grown daughters, and am happily married to Laura. We have two rescue dogs: a Schnoodle who was once a puppy mill mama, and a poodle mix who was found in a neglected condition on the streets of Chicago one winter. The dogs entered my life at about the same time as mosaics.
We live in a certified historic Chicago brick bungalow on the northwest side of the city. Much of my mosaic art is created on pieces of furniture and other discarded objects we find in our neighborhood.
How long have you been creating mosaics? What was your first piece?
I have been creating mosaics since 2009. My first piece was a small garden table.
What other art do you do, if any?
I make quilts.
What kind of shows have you been a part of?
I have been accepted into my first juried art show, Hatch, to be held in March 2014. Hatch is a creative-reuse art festival produced by The I.D.E.A. Store, a Champaign, Illinois
What would be your dream to mosaic?
I would love to work on a mural with an illustrator who could draw the mural for me to fill in the spaces with mosaic art. I am not the best at drawing objects.
What other jobs or hobbies consume your time?
I work full time as a medical society administrator in the West Loop of Chicago.
Mosaic artists tend to be generous people, eager to share their knowledge. I have been fortunate to learn from some of the best: through classes at the Chicago Mosaic School, workshops with the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA), and online forums. My formal education includes a BA in English and an MNA – Master of Nonprofit Administration. I am a member of SAMA, Contemporary Mosaic Artists (CMA), and the PieceMakers.