How It All Began

At an early age, Founder Alex Siegel could always be found with a camera in his hand. It started when he was about 7 during a trip to the Grand Canyon with his family. His father had just bought the family’s first digital camera, and naturally Alex was drawn to it. Pressing buttons and having fun, he eventually figured out how to snap a proper photo. The views, wildlife, and surprisingly friendly squirrels made for great subjects. When he got home he continued..

After noticing a fondness his father eventually bought him his own camera. That fondness soon turned to a passion.

Fast forward to college, Alex was studying Advertising at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. Despite not having pursued photography as his major, he found himself integrating photography into many of his projects.

After graduation Alex moved back to his hometown of Santa Barbara and worked for a restaurant in-house doing marketing and food photography. The small town afforded Alex some word-of-mouth and he started doing photography for other restaurants as well. Eventually he went off on his own and the next two years was spent as a freelance photographer. Everything from architecture to food; product, weddings, and even a few fine art series, Alex was there – camera in-hand.

After some time Alex had built up a nice portfolio of
projects, including his travels. He loved the process but felt there was something bigger in store for him. One night, someone put down a beautiful ceramic coaster they had been gifted, and the thought hit him – what if he could print his photos on coasters?

This idea couldn’t escape him. The next few weeks were spent researching printing methods and local companies he could partner with. He had heard of a company in Goleta that printed on wall-mounted aluminum sheets, so he started there. After a few weeks of trial and error with tiles from Home Depot, he realized in order to scale he would need more. And his product would need to evolve.

Still with just an idea in his head and determination in his
heart, he started calling all around the US. Every print shop and large-scale industrial printer, his days were spent calling, asking, and learning. He wanted to print his photos on coasters.

Eventually he was referred to one large-scale industrial printer in Wisconsin – a warm and friendly family owned business. I explained my idea to the owner Brian and he was up for the challenge to figure it out together.

The next 1 ½ years were spent prototyping, experimenting,
and scrapping everything, over and over. During that time ceramic tiles turned
into elegant glass tiles, and my products (and ideas) grew more and more. Not having a business background Alex had to learn quickly. Gross margins, importing, distribution, and wholesaling were all new to him. Brian grew from a business partner to a friend, but eventually after realizing their strategy wasn’t going to work, they parted ways on amicable terms. If Alex was going to build a business he had to do everything himself.

Fast forward to today, after investing in his own equipment, and more importantly himself – MyMosaic was manifested to what it is today. A place where moments turn to memories. Where people can honor that which they love.

Why We're Here

We believe that life is a mosaic of memories.

This company was built around the idea that your life is a mosaic of moments and memories, that when put together, form the person you are. The good, the bad, and everything in between. You are you because of your moments.

Our boutique quality products allow you to share your most precious memories with the people that matter the most.

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Our Quality

When MyMosaic was created I was determined to offer nothing but the highest quality products. Something you would actually admire in your home. Something your friend or loved one would treasure. This was and always will be the backbone of our company. We combine fastidiously sourced materials with an industry standard setting process to bring you treasures that will last a lifetime.

Proudly printed in Santa Barbara, CA



How It Works

THE TECHNICAL STUFF


We begin with flawless, laser cut glass.

We use a three layer ink printing process that adheres directly to the product. (We do not use stickers or inserts).

We finish the product with a scratch-proof layer of enamel.

Next, we add rubber feet to prevent surface scratches and slipping.

Finally, we wrap it all up in a bow and ship it to your door. (Usually ready to ship within 72 hours.)



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Some Do’s and Don’ts

As with most photo printed products, the better the photo the better the print. Photos from smart phones work well, just be sure they are crisp and well-lit. Your photos will be cropped to a square. It helps when taking a photo with your phone to set the crop beforehand so you know what it will look like.

For our acrylic trays - we recommend using iPhones X or newer (or equivalent). The crop ratio is the same as a standard 8x10 photo.

If you are familiar with image processing, submit a photo sized to the dimensions of your desired tray, with 300dpi or greater.

We Don't Stop - Until it's Perfect

Our core value has been quality since we began. We want you to be happy with your purchases. When you purchase a MyMosaic product, we guarantee your happiness or your money back.