Marj Engle began making paper mosaic art in 2009, developing her technique through trial and error. She wanted to replicate the look of tile mosaic, but in a less messy form using paper.
However, in 2014, she got a new idea and her jewelry line, started in 2014, is the an off-shoot of her paper mosaic art. Marj liked the creative challenge, and it was fun playing with and refining the idea to be what it is today.
“My biggest challenge when developing my paper mosaic jewelry line was what material to use as a platform for the paper. After trying various materials that I had found at SCRAP in Portland, I stumbled on vinyl flooring samples and scraps, which is the material that I ultimately settled on.”
Marj is a long time user of cast off items. “I didn’t initially start with the idea of using only recycled materials in my jewelry making. I have long been a recycler and re-user in other areas of my life, and have frequented thrift stores all of my adult life, so a place like SCRAP was where I naturally gravitated to. Finding the vinyl, and realizing as I searched for paper sources that the more interesting paper (to me) was to be found in old magazines and books, I decided that I really liked the idea of making something completely unique and beautiful from sources that many folks would simply overlook or consider garbage. Re-use makes sense to me – it feels like the natural and responsible choice in caring for our environment.”
You can find Marj Engle and Marj Engle Designs at Table 2.