Combining age-old techniques with bold typographic designs
Tieton Mosaic was launched in 2013 by Tieton Arts & Humanities, along with Mighty Tieton and the City of Tieton. Our goal was two-fold: To create a bold visual identity for the city through 6 mosaic signs, and to establish a new self-sustaining artisan business.
TA&H was awarded the prestigious Our Town grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to complete the project, with additional support from the Educational Foundation of America, the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, Paper Hammer Studios, the Raynier Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), the Washington Women’s Association, and through the generosity of countless donors.
In the years that followed, we refined our craft through projects like the Tieton Alphabet and small scale signs. As our skills developed and we refined the designs for the Tieton City Signs, beginning their production in the Spring of 2015. We also set our sights on even bigger commercial projects.
Following the success of the Tieton City Signs, Tieton Mosaic was awarded a a $45,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to create seven large mosaics around Tieton using agricultural crate label designs as inspiration. The first mosaic, the Big Tieton T made it’s debut in August 2017. The second completed mosaic, the Garretson Moon Brand, was completed in December 2018. A third, the Tie-It-On Terrier, was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign and the fourth, the Hy-Land-Kids mosaic, are being constructed now.
Keep an eye out for lots of changes here in Tieton. Many projects are complete with even more in the works. We have already begun spooling and scheduling commissions for commercial signage after our grants and crowd funded projects are completed. Stay tuned for the next chapter.
The apprenticeship program is a key part of our mission at Tieton Mosaic. We’re not just about making amazing signs. We want to help stimulate Tieton’s economy by creating new jobs for the Yakima Valley. We currently employ six apprentices, with a long wait list to get into the program. Each apprentice is chosen for their unique skill-set. Attention to detail, organization, and the willingness to work together are key. Under the mentorship of our studio manager Steve, our apprentices develop their craft and create beautiful work.
If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, email Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org