"Late Afternoon in Winter" Barbara Keith
Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Telescopus – by Dominic Johns
I had the pleasure of meeting Dom at the 2008 SAMA conference held this past March in Miami. From Parramatta Park, Australia, Dominic is just a great guy and definitely passionate about everything he does, as you can tell by his loving embrace of his newest work.
Upon completion this is what Dom has to say: Telescopus is in and I’m feeling very happy now. This project has been approx 1000 hours to bring to fruition and now I’m ready for the next one. Moving the work was a tense experience, but we managed to do it without breaking anything. So get down to the Cairns Esplanard 'nard’ opposite 181 The Esplanade and check it out. The cut face glows in the dark!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
This mosaic border recently completed by Clara Nelson of Palm Springs, CA is sure to be the focal point of the the newly finished bar-b-que. The project is located in Flagstaff, AZ. Clara used the local local flora as inspiration. The sunflowers and aspen leaves, pine cones, and the phases of the moon from left to right. She used Cinca Unglazed Porcelain, half marbles and dicroic glass for some bling.
I can smell steaks for years to come!
SIDE EFFECTS: May cause sudden fits of elation, joy and unexpected surges of energy. MAY BE HABIT FORMING
Not sure who the author of this is but I think it rocks!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Streets of Taxco
I learn more about my own country by traveling to other places. I visited Taxco, MX and saw some amazing mosaics. Not art, not even building decoration, but the streets. Streets? Can you imagine this happening in your town. Sadly I think not unless you live at Disneyland. Why? Practically, yes that's part of it. We couldn't afford the time and labor it takes to create this. More importantly we cant expect any BMW Roadster or ladies in their $500.00 Jimmy Choo's to endure the bumps and cracks these beautiful streets create. The lawsuits from broken heels alone put them out of our financial reach.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
It is amazing how these tiny tile almost give the appearance of reptile skin. The Big Clock measures 36" accoss and is one of my favorite projects. It hangs proudly above the sofa. It is one of those compelling reclamation projects. I found it, got inspired and I wasn't happy until I finished it (2 days and very little sleep later). I purchased the clock for only $20.00. The plaster surface of the frame was damaged and couldn't be repaired (or so they thought). I filled in the large hole of missing plaster and covered it in tile, and waalaa.
I think it is a classic example of why I love mosaics and mosaic artists. We either use our broken treasures as tile or tile our broken treasures.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I never really considered myself an artist but rather a builder or a "maker of stuff". It has always been something I am compelled to do. I think that's why I am so fascinated by people like Sam Rodia, Fred Smith, and my newest favorite Emery Blagdon (even if he's not a mosaic artist). They all had their reason's for building. Fred wanted to create a destination, The Wisconsin Concrete park. Sam Rodia wanted this too, but his real reason was to fill his time after his wife left and he wanted to quit drinkin'. Lastly Emery Blagdon wanted to heal people, namely his parents and believed that the electrical currents collected by his healing machine could do this.
As a wannabe "crazy lady on the side of the road" I look at them in awe. Men of creative genius. I am not sure I will ever measure up, but I wonder if their real reason wasn't to live on past one life. To insure that they weren't forgotten in the environment of one life.
I recently purchased a new DVD called "I Build the Towers" a biography of Sam Rodia's journey and a history of the towers. Great works of art that were nearly lost because some people didn't understand why they were built or of what importance they are. Do we really need to understand? They are important because someone took the time to do it. This is the legacy, and I can't believe that any of those who wish to bulldoze the art of the crazies, those who have never built anything themselves, will die proud of the legacy of tearing such works down.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
• The lost mosaics of Kenneth Budd
• Gaetano Meo's Mosaics at Clayton Parish Church
• Fifty years of mosaic murals by Desmond Kinney
• In search of a Mosaic Colour Theory
• The Oppenheimer mosaics in Lille Cathedral
This is a must read for mosaic lovers. You can order your copy here.