A 28 ft diameter circular pavement mosaic for the entryway of a library. It is made of ceramic porcelain tile, with handset glass smalti lines and highlights. The design is made up of three overlapping images: the looping curves that rotate around the perimeter are from a diagram of wind patterns on the earth’s surface; the central spiral motif is from an astrophysics computer model of spiral arm galaxy formation; the closely spaced lines that fan out around the circumference is a pattern from fluid mechanics (physics). The border is an ancient mosaic motif from the Middle East.
Now if you are interested in learning more about mosaics with ceramic tile, consider doing a course with Stephanie Jurs and Robert Stout of Twin Dolphin Mosaics in Ravenna, Italy in July. Now that’s a great vacation!
I was in Winnellie so I swung past the Northern Tile Gallery. To my delight there were boxes of tiles on a pallet on the verge with a sign “Free Tiles”.
How could I resist that! Apparently they do this every once in a while. And there was enough there to do a small bathroom if you got in quickly.
So I now have acquired a few boxes of blue floor tiles of at least 3 different shades as well as a few large tiles that would make great trivet type of things. Or signs, house numbers etc 🙂 And it didn’t cost a cent.
Another interesting book to keep an eye out for. Not as technical as the other one I have mentioned on this blog but certainly sounds like a must-have.
is a page at Hanna Crois Mosaics that shows a Medusa being created using the double reverse technique. The first stage involves using contact film and laying the tesserare down on this sticky service. This is of great interest to me as I am working on a mosaic fish and have used this first step. I still have to fill in a lot of the pieces between the details which is going to be an interesting process.
fish mosaic, originally uploaded by GeoWombats.
Here’s the picture I am basing this mosaic on:
Its a mola from Panama. For the white line I have used mirror cut into little squares. And I have based the colours on the ones used here. Trying to fill in with the black is proving to be the interesting bit.
I don’t know if I will use the cheesecloth method that is used here for Part II. It may be easier to use some form of PVA that reconstitutes with water with something else and see how that goes. Fibreglass mesh maybe. I have a whole heap of flywire which is essentially fibreglass mesh and this may be a good way to experiment with this.
A stepping stone/paver will probably be the substrate I will use as it is the best size and I’ll use thinset coloured black as my adhesive. The grout will be black as I want it to fade into the background.
Any advice gratefully received. If you can see any pitfalls I want to know about it now ;).