Why “Make Mine Mosaic”?
I used to listen to a BBC quiz show called Make Mine Music. Very British and I wasn’t very good at answering the questions but the name obviously embedded itself in the back of my brain. And inspired the title of this blog for better or worse.
What is the theme of this blog?
I decided that I needed to take up a hobby that allowed me to express my creativity. I don’t do the traditional female arts of knitting, crocheting and the like. Drawing is something I’ve never really done much of except in primary school and biology classes. I can do a half decent scientific drawing. I am a reasonable cook and I like making desserts but that form of creativity doesn’t last very long.
So I had been thinking of taking up something to exercise the old right brain and also to meet some other adults. Yep, I have young children.
When I looked at the night classes available at the local high school, the “Contemporary Mosaics” class leapt out at me. And after the first session I was hooked.
Now I have a few obsessional traits. When I get hooked on something I tend to read up on absolutely everything I can, collects bits of obscure info etc. Creating a blog was a fantastic way of keeping tabs on all the things I like and want to file away without it adding to the mess at home.
Where do you get your photos from?
I take as many photos as I can myself so the Darwin photos are all mine.
I use Flickr for the vast majority of the rest because there are fewer hassles with copyright going through there and because blogging is easy using the flickr interface.
The use of other photos of people’s mosaic artwork from people’s websites has been approved by the artists themselves.
If anyone finds their picture on this website and you don’t want it there, contact me at missywombatATgmail.com [replacing the AT with a @]
How do you pick the mosaics you post?
There is nothing organised about this. I may hear about a place with interesting mosaics or I do a search looking for almost anything depending on what takes my fancy at the time. Let’s just say that I think broadly.
Why are there so many categories?
I needed to form some kind of structure for the posts to make things easier for me to find. As this is my blog it reflects the way I think which will make perfect sense to some people but will frustrate the rest of you. Geographical ordering makes things a lot easier especially when you are looking for that mosaic pic from Laos and you can’t remember let alone spell the name of the temple! Now I wish that I could expand and contract the categories with a click to shrink that column down a bit but this is a freebie WP template and I am no programmer.
Are you a mosaic artist?
I am an enthusiastic amateur. I started mosaicking in May 2006. I’d like to think I am not completely talentless but I am at the beginning of my mosaic journey. So I make basic mistakes. But I learn from them. And I have enormous fun in the process.
Can I use your photos in my blog?
Maybe. As a rule I have no problem with that as long as you credit my photos and link back to the original photo. And you leave some kind of comment here or at flickr to indicate that you have used my photo. I do check every now and then if people have blogged my stuff. If my stuff is used inappropriately I will pull that photo.