Ali is a Canberra based artist who loves colour, gardens and animals and has had a life of drawing, painting (acrylics, oils & encaustic) & sculpting. She has had a life-long love affair with glass, and has an extensive collection of hand-blown glass – Australian and Venetian. The luscious colours and textures available in glass are music for her eyes.
Ali has always been involved in the practical too – having hand-built a home with her late husband, Ali is reasonably comfortable around tools. So the inclusion of superior tools, glues, and grouts has been a natural extension to the range.
Ali made her first mosaic in 2005. Merlin Mosaica was born from the desire to offer choice to the Australian Mosaic artist and hobbyist.
After a professional life in the IT arena, Ali has employed her familiarity with the internet and overseas connections to seek out interesting items that you may find enticing.
The Name – the Logo
This venture is named after our dear departed Merlin – a beautiful, brown Burmese, who was a much-loved part of our lives for 17 years and checked out everything we did. He was the typically curious cat, and a real smooch – he is very much missed.
Whilst he could be very elegant, he was often rather clumsy. We have chosen to remember his elegant persona as our logo.
Hank was Merlo’s understudy, and has embraced his role as chief inspector (and shredder) of boxes!