Taufa’ahau Rd in Nuku’alofa
Taufa’ahau Rd in Nuku’alofa
I have been trying to think of something I can mosaic onto the spa box casing and I think I have finally hit on something.
The Rainbow ancestor of Maori culture. Many years ago I saw the Te Maori Exhibition in Dunedin and there is something very special about the Uenuku carving that was present.
So I was thinking the Uenuku figure maybe with a rainbow in the background.
I googled Uenuku so see what kind of things were out there and came across this
which has some elements in common with what I was thinking although isn’t exactly the same. I’m wondering what to use for tesserae. This may be a good opportunity to use some of the stained glass I have which should be a bit lighter. And mosaic mesh probably isn’t a bad idea. I’ve drawn the basic cartoon out so far in pencil.
Something to ponder…
I've been dabbling with the idea of mosaicking a koru. Maybe not in these colours but using a multimedia kind of approach. It's very much only a thought in my head at the moment. But I also like the symbolism behind the koru:
The koru shape is a scroll shape and is linked to the New Zealand fern plant. The shoot of the fern has a curled-over tip which unfurls and becomes a fernleaf.
The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new positive beginnings…
The koru, represents the unfolding of new life, that everything is reborn and continues. It represents renewal and hope for the future.
Spiral, geometry of life, sacred creation…"
Spirals are already popular subjects for mosaics – I've posted a photo of a local one thats to be found in the local botanical gardens here in Darwin:
and here's another version of the same:
Now I just have to work out a way of doing it. At least its something that's easy to doodle in idle moments.
Yes, the ideas are outsprinting the skillbase and materials at present but you have to dream about these things.
This gives an idea what the final result will look like. The light coloured pieces still need to be glued. Next session looks like a session of sticking things down.
One step closer to…grouting. And I still have no idea what colour grout to use hat will give the turtle some definition. Needs to be light but not too light.
Anyone out there have some ideas?
The turtle is all stuck down! Yay!
But I am never going to use pool tile for anything small again. That stuff is jolly difficult to cut into shape.
The mirror will be going into the space on the left but I need to take about a centimetre off the top so that it fits. Ignore the pencil markings. They are the remnant of an early design that I ended up scrubbing.
I’ve laid out the border just to make sure it fits. I had gone too close to the right but I think I’ve managed to get around it quite nicely.
Tile adhesive is Multistix.
Time flew by. Nobody yet has stopped for a tea break yet and its week three. We’ve all got better things to do!
I'm not altogether happy with the design I drew last week for my mirror. I ended up looking at traditional Tongan ngatu pattern [which are my ethnic heritage]. I ended up drawing this as I figure that if I can draw it I have a good chance of being able to tile it, or at least something based on it. I like blue and white Delft like colour combinations.
Found this while looking for ideas on mirror frames. Love the use of the classic hibiscus motif. Pretty blue too.