I am so touched by the great response to my mosaics. Thank you! *blushing*
A few of you had questions about creating mosaics. Erin asked if it was a craft you could learn through the Internet or through books rather than an in-person class. I’m going to answer yes and no. YES: There are some great books out there that go in depth about the materials and tools needed to make mosaics as well as the process and the “rules”. The one book that comes straight to mind is Sonia King’s “Mosaic Techniques & Traditions: Projects & Designs from Around the World“. This book is chock full of information and sources. It’s written well and clearly. Sonia is an amazing mosaic artist and one of the most well known in the world. Her style is mostly modern and abstract.
NO: My only caveat though is, if you are a visual learner like me and learn by doing, a class would be a much better medium for you than a book for exploring the world of mosaics. When I took classes with Valerie Carmet, I had a lot of one on one attention with her, was able to ask billions of questions, get her advice and help with design decisions (very important considering my lack of visual arts background). It was fun to make mosaics with other people and see what they were working on. It was very inspiring. I loved it. I guess I keep picking artforms/crafts that are usually solitary and I am a very gregarious person, so classes fulfill both needs. 😉
About 5 years ago when I was still making mosaics, there weren’t many blogs around by mosaic artists. However, I just did a cursory search using the tag word, mosaics, on WordPress.com and found a lot! So apparently there is a larger interest in them now or the artists themselves are starting to write about it more.
Karen sent me an email earlier today noting that mosaics seemed very similar in process to quilting with the “piecing” aspect. So funny! I had just been thinking about that too. She asked me if I would ever make quilts. And my answer is I don’t think so. While I love the process for mosaics, I don’t think I would enjoy it for quilting. For me making mosaics is very much like making your own jigsaw puzzle. You create the pieces and shapes. I think I have the patience for that when it creates a piece of art to hang on your wall, but not so, for a piece that lays on your bed. Also, sewing for me, is all about the garment and getting to wear it once it’s done.
Here are a few of the mosaic pieces from around the world that keep inspiring me (attributions under each photo).
Thank you again for the wonderful response to my own mosaic projects! It was fun to share them with you.