WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 176 Bit by bit, over many hours, the glass, mirror, and assorted trinkets are glued into place, and the piece comes together like a beautiful puz- zle. Lauren considers herself a painter with the various glasses as her paints. Working on a small, intimate scale, she loves to blend her mate- rials to create pattern, texture, depth, and dimension. The placement and direction of each piece of glass is important in her process. "I love the interactive quality of mosaic art and how the image changes depending on the light and the vantage point of the observer," she says. "As one walks by, the glass shimmers and reflects in different ways. You see something new each time you look." The next step is to custom mix different shades of grout for each specific area of the piece so that the mosaic patterns will be enhanced. Choosing the the right grout color is essential to her work. Unlike grouting your bathroom tile, where the grout merely fills in the joints, Lauren will cleverly nip the tiniest of jewel-like shards and place them in the river of grout flowing between the pieces. When asked what her favorite piece to date is, she smiles, draws her hand to her face, and thinks for a minute like a mother who cannot choose who her favorite child is. "That's a tough decision," Lauren says. "Some of my favorites are the ones I did on commission. I love work- ing with clients to create something meaningful and unique just for them and am inspired by their thoughts and ideas." Her first large-scale commission, "Sakura Grove," was designed to harmonize with the aesthetic of her clients' waterfront Cape Cod home. As avid fishermen, they wanted something peaceful and serene. She used a triptych format similar to a Japanese three-paneled screen to get the desired effect. The iridescent nature of the striped bass and the deli- cate portrayal of the cherry blossoms Lauren created are extraordinary. Another recent work is "le 15 septembre," which was designed as an anniversary gift for a couple who were married in Paris. She loves the colors, composition, and how, as the viewer, you are transported to their balcony in Paris overlooking the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine She opened the door revealing an old wooden desk, with colorful pottery, mugs, and trinkets set on the corner to inspire. The room was bathed in natural light making each gem sparkle. I felt like I was in a vintage candy shop with jars full of bits of glass resembling confections in every color and flavor. After a brief tour of the space, she brought out a work in progress of a little white dog, one of the many commisioned pet portraits she has done. How interesting it was to hear about the steps involved in the creation of her art. She often will meet with her clients to see their space and discuss their ideas. Lots of research comes next as she designs the layout of the piece. When working from a photo, she often pre-draws the subtle areas of color, much like a paint by number can- vas. She will then select the right shade of glass or gem for each spot and delicately nip and cut it into shape. "the glass shimmers and reflects in different ways" artist profile "le 15 septembre" B R O O K E B A K E R

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