Mosaic is a medium…
…that can utilize so much that is undervalued or thrown away in our society. The wonderful patterns created by repetition of rubbish-tip items reminds us of elegant ethnic decoration. A simple spoon, key or cup handle repeated acquires a magic, hypnotic musical rhythm.
Once people start to play in this simple way, they spot opportunities everywhere. I hope this book can help to free the inner artist in you so you can find joy in expression. – Kaffe Fassett
I have been wanting to do something creative for a while now. The traditional "women's crafts" of knitting, crocheting, sewing etc have no appeal to me. Peggy squares are as good as it gets!
Although I love the look of patchwork.
A couple of Christmases ago my mother-in-law gave all the women of the family a day's free silk painting. Now I hadn't drawn anything since primary school unless you count scientific drawings of dogfish in Biology 101 at University.
I really enjoyed the experience. The right side of my brain got a workout and the result for a beginner wasn't too bad.
So I have been watching out ever since for potential crafts to do.
A couple of months ago I was mucking around in the local library and I picked up Kaffe Fassett's book "Mosaic". [http://www.kaffefassett.com/mosaic.htm] I couldn't put it down. Absolutely inspiring.I didn't have my library card with me so I returned the next day. And when I finally got the book out I had it out for 6 weeks and was really reluctant to take it back. I found myself daydreaming about the area under my washing line being mosaiced like Kaffett's courtyard. I though it would be better to start with something a tad smaller and actually see if I enjoyed the art first though!
So I was keen to take a mosaics class. Now I am a separated Mum of two. Thankfully the kids' Dad is a very hands-on Dad who loves taking the kids when he can and we have a very amicable friendly relationship. He has been encouraging me to do something as a sanity saver and it turned out that the classes at the local highschool were on a Monday night – the best possible night for both of us.
So I signed up. $180 for 8 lessons. It started this week.
So back to the question of starting a blog.
This is my mosaic experience from Week One. I want to use it as a place to record things that might inspire me, artworks that might provide ideas and inspiration, places where new techniques can be shared.
I hope you enjoy the experience with me.