My earliest inspiration as an artist came from an unlikely source. As a young girl, I used to watch my father as he repaired and invented his own medical instruments and tools. I admired his approach – it was persistent, creative and highly technical. Today, I use those same traits to design and compose complex, intricate works of art. My pieces are made of tesserae – small tiles of stone and glass – and feature images of plants and animals from the natural world.
Working with glass is similar to building a long-lasting relationship. In order to get the most out of the material, the artist must first understand how the glass behaves under certain conditions. My designs play with positive and negative space, and rely on the glass’s texture and reflectivity to create layered compositions that have depth and rhythm.
Recently, I have discovered flamework to make my own glass beads, pendants and sculptures. I enjoy mastering the fire and using highly technical tools to create delicate and beautiful pieces of art. Some of my glass creations have been incorporated in my mosaic paintings.
About the Artist
Yvette Lillge earned a B.A. in Visual Communications from Loyola University in Chicago. After graduating, she worked as a graphic designer and multimedia artist for Design Access and IDG “Dummies” books. She has an M.S. in Wellness Management, which she draws upon in her work as Regional Health Program Manager for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Yvette is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Glass Art Society, and Beaddesigner International. Her artwork has been selected at juried art and craft shows on Cape Cod, Boston, Arlington and exhibits regularly at Dedham Open Studios. Yvette is passionate about creating legacy artwork that withstands the test of time. As an artist, she has worked in various media, including acrylic paint, oil paint, pastels and computer graphics, but most enjoys expressing herself through glass. Yvette received training from Yulia Hanansen and Sonia King to foster her skill and growth as a fine art mosaic artist.