My absolute favorite city is San Francisco. I LOVE it there. The hills, the ocean, the Golden Gate. It’s a magical city and filled with some amazingly talented folks.
Folks like David Mahlow.
David does mosiacs. He lives in the San Francisco area. He’s livin’ the life.
His storefront name he says is “pretty straightforward” It’s Mahlow’s Mosaics.
Where David learned his talent for his craft is original. It was NOT his grandmother who taught him. “I created my first mosaic in the 3rd grade. It was definitely made much more meticulously than any of my classmates’ mosaics. I made a few pieces in high school and only recently picked up the art again, around age 24.”
While mosiacs date back, David says what sets his work apart from others is “I don’t know of anyone else who is selling photo mosaics. Not only am I selling original mosaics, but I am also offering to take a photo you send me and create a unique mosaic just for you!”
Looking in Mahlow’s Mosaics it’s mesmerizing. David says, ” My favorite is A Sunday Afternoon. I took the photo in Japan and feel joy for the young family spending an afternoon in a canoe on a lake. I am also very proud of the finished product.”
David loves the work he does, it is actually what inspires him to create. “The whole process, from taking pictures to laying down that first tiny piece. From laying down that final perfect piece to posting my art on Etsy.”
A mosaic, to me, looks like a pause in time. David explains the process of how a mosaic makes its was into Mahlow’s Mosaics. “I look for unique colors in the world around me. When an image catches my eye, I will take a picture of it. Then I take the picture and try to visualize the possibilities of what it might become through a mosaic. Finally, I begin cutting up the picture and placing each piece into the perfect position.”
When David isn’t creating he says he enjoys, “Watching football or baseball.”
When asked if there was a craft he didn’t know how to do, but wished he did, David confessed, “I’m terrible at drawing.”
David is a teacher to children with special needs. I know a teacher brings home work so I asked David how he finds time to create. “Teaching all day can be quite stressful. Being able to come home each day and do an hour or so of art is therapeutic.”
The greatest accomplishment David has experienced so far in his life is “Winning the heart of my girlfriend, Tessa.”
Ten years from now, David see himself “still teaching and creating mosaics. Hopefully I’ve gotten better at both.”
Must be completed for all other entries to count.
Additional Optional Entries:
Eligible after completing mandatory entry above: You can do any or all of the following for one entry each. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done.
1 Entry–Heart Mahlow’s Mosiacs on Etsy
1 Entry—Fan Mahlow’s Mosiacs on Facebook
1 Entry–Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet (Can tweet 2X daily). Please mention @jonbonjovious and use the hash-tag #etsy in your tweet and leave the TWEET URL in a comment
1 Entry–Subscribe to my blog via email
5 Entries–Follow me with Google Friend
2 Entries–Post my button on your blog and leave a link to your blog.
1 Entry–Follow @jonbonjovious on twitter
2 Entries–Enter my Snack Taxi Giveaway (ends 3/12)
2 Entries–Enter my Sunflower Radiant Love Giveaway (ends 3/12)
2 Entries–Enter the Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmie Giveaway (ends 3/12)
2 Entries–Enter my Clever Crafter Giveaway (ends 3/12)
2 Entries–Enter my Fibers.com Giveaway (ends 3/12)
2 Entries–Enter my Zig-Zags Handmade This N’ Thats Giveaway (ends 3/6)
2 Entries— Enter my Brick Bracelets Giveaway (Ends 3/7)
2 Entries–Enter my Robin Maria Pedrero Giveaway (ends 3/8)
2 Entries–Enter my Starbucks Gfit Card Giveaway (ends 3/6)
2 Entries–Enter my Supermarket Smarty Giveaway (Ends 3/5)
2 Entries–Enter my Handmade by Anne Potter Giveaway (ends 3/5)
2 Entries–Enter my Getting to Know Me…Overalls…Ends at 660 Followers
2-Entries–Post this giveaway on an online forum or bulletin board (yes, for clarification, Facebook counts, on your wall, or another Facebook page) – be sure to give us the exact link to where you posted the giveaway in your comment
5-Entries–“Digg” this giveaway on Digg
—FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES – Blog about this giveaway, with a link to my blog. Come back and leave the link to your blog post. Post FIVE separate comments that you’ve blogged about this. EXTRA ENTRY if you post a picture of a “Mahlow’s Mosaics” Product!
Giveaway ends 11:59pm (MST) March 12, 2010 Open to US addresses. No PO Boxes. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted by email. Please respond in 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. To be fair to everyone, comments not meeting requirements will be deleted.
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. The opinions above are my own and were not in any way influenced by the sponsor. Other’s experience may vary.