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07 Sep 2016

Mosaic Art Story: New World Cartography

Maps have been used as a way to analyze the geographic nature of chronicles for over a century now.

Terra Incognita and maps are still employed by young scholars and literature students to better estimate the narrative course of geography, and how it could influence the narrative to a meticulous layout or landscape. These maps have been mostly influenced by passionate bookworms, thrilled to follow in the steps of their favorite book-Idols and Superhero-film characters. Travel and tourism agencies have also played a great part in exploiting the cities of blockbuster and bestseller movies and novels. Maps have not only been used to interpret and geo-locate storyline but to manipulate them as well.

The narrative power of maps has been sanctioned widely by authors and filmmakers. Nonetheless, nowadays we witness the narrative power of maps endorsed creatively in many contemporary mosaic artworks. Although, the mosaic Map of Madaba was discovered in 1896 and became instantly renowned as an exceptional mosaic map, but the contemporary mosaics of our time are far beyond a two-dimensional catalog of locations.

Today’s article is another short brief stop at the breathtaking Contemporary Mosaic Maps of Rachel Sager, and how to visualize the new world cartography.

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27 Jul 2016

Mosaic Art: Through The Kaleidoscope

Have you ever looked through the kaleidoscope? It’s wholly hypnotic and attention-grabbing, a simple childhood recall and a sensory bliss unblemished by adult pursuits. When I first came across Nathalie Vin’s mosaic designs I was utterly unsettled… It was just like looking into a mirror and not noticing my reflection, I dismissed her art work as a means to shock her way into the art world. But guess what? Nowadays it became harder for artists to leave a peculiar, yet outrageous impression in the creative scene. In fact, the art world became more open to creative, bizarre and new concepts. Who would have thought that the blank canvas of Rauschenberg would have gotten so far?

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05 Jul 2016

Geological Art: Nature’s Dark Edge

One hundred years ago today, the scientific community observed the knowledge of Earth’s history turning into a progressively less effective guide to the future. Civilization enters a dark edge in the practical perception of our planet.To get more insight into the subject, one must picture himself in his grandchildren’s time, a century hence. Major global warming has occurred, as scientists forecasted. For instance nature’s longstanding, repeatable patterns are no longer so reliable. Cycles that have been fundamentally determined during modern history are today disrupted by extensive changes in temperature and condensation.As Earth’s temperate alleviates, new patterns begin to appear. Initially, they are confusing and hard to spot. Scientists note similarities to Earth’s emergence from the last ice age. These new patterns need many years to reveal themselves fully, even when monitored with contemporary observing systems. Meanwhile, the farmers will struggle to predict new seasonal patterns and regularly plant the wrong crops. Early signs of major drought will go unrecognized, so costly irrigation will be built in the wrong places.

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08 Jun 2016

Mosaic Installation Capturing Radiant Light & Color

Liz West creates vivid environments that mix luminous color and radiant light. Working across a variety of mediums, West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to color.Meet Liz West and have a look at her recent masterpiece in the former St John’s Church building:

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01 Jun 2016

Kinetic Mosaics: The Art of Movement

Looking for new ways to understand mosaics?
Have you yet explored the enthralling movement in kinetic mosaic artworks?

In visual art, the term kinetic art, derived from the Greek word “kinesis”, refers to works that incorporate an apparent movement. Thus, for instance, it may include mosaic art, defined by its unique aspect of integrating motion into its splendor and purpose. Unlike traditional mosaic art, kinetic mosaics are created by a combination of both, accurate details and natural flaws.

In this article you will discover what kinetic art is really about and how to understand this art movement!

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07 Mar 2016

The Artisanal Mosaic Handicrafts-man

When I looked up the word ‘handicrafts-man’ in the dictionary to find the exact meaning of this word, there were two definitions written; a person who practices or is highly skilled in a craft, an artisan & an artist.

For me personally a handicrafts-man is an individual that does what he loves and does it right.
Meet Johnny Clasper, a man coming from Yorkshire (UK) that brings craftsmanship at its best. This artist started as a bricklayer and ended up being a recognized & well-established stonemason. From a young age Clasper used to spend significant time working on his pottery, wood and metal projects. Nowadays the artists finds himself turning to a new page and creating some of the most captivating patios & mosaics by using stones in a free-form motif.

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