Moroccan-encaustic-tiles-art
04 Oct 2016

Encaustic Tiles: Finding Renewed Popularity

Encaustic Tiles are not so much a trend as an “Embracing Change in the Home Decor Industry.” In other words, it’s an up-to-the-minute style that comes in and out of fashion largely in response to home decorating trends. During the Gothic Revival era, for example, craftsmen made a great effort to revolutionize encaustic tiles and make them available to the general public again. However, in 1935, after reaching a supreme development, the medium had fallen out or otherwise endangered.

Today’s article is a short brief stop at Encaustic Tile and a reminder of how such media fall in and out of vogue.

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28 Sep 2016

MOSAIC ART: Texture Exploration

One of my prime indulgences as a child was a small sculpture I created using play dough, where seemingly phenomenal visions stamped in the purity of a child’s creativity. My eyes are still shimmering from that night!

Since then, my utmost feeling of artistry gained its meaning in opposition to and as embroidery of what it meant to be a “Texture”.

When I looked up the word “Texture” in the dictionary, the well-expected definition was: a surface or utmost layer of an entity, and explained as smooth/ rough, soft or hard, and etc. For me, it appears to have a widened sense of meaning. I personally identify it as a basic aspect of life and art. Operational with insightful nerves, our hands and skin have the capacity to distinguish it. It’s one of the mankind’s greatest pleasures in the perceptible sensation of different strokes. In visual art it’s typical to any of the vital elements of art, can improve and magnify the artist’s passion. Therefore, nowadays many artists are using it as a major instrument in paintings, mosaic, and sculptures.

Today’s article is a short brief stop at the meaning of texture, and how to visualize it in mosaic art.

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jerusalem-olive-tree
15 Sep 2016

Art and The Ancient Secrets of the Tree of Life

With deep and sacred meanings, the “Tree Of Life” became a spiritual icon in many of the world’s cultures and religions. The tree was associated with both negative and positive or duality, even in Christianity. It first appeared in the book of Genesis, as being planted with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Many cultures observe the verve and fate of trees, and the seasonal death and revival of their foliage, as spiritual motifs of rebirth, renewal, and death. As it mediates between Eden and earth, with roots that lever deep into the soil and twigs that embrace the heaven. It’s a celestial symbol of the soul’s journey through the third density world of spiritual and mundane aspects.

This article traces its meaning back to the ancient times, taking a closer look at the “Tree of Life” symbol, and delve into its origins and history to uncover a deeper esoteric significance.

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mosaic-art-map
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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mosaic-new-cycle
20 Aug 2016

Mosaics: A New Cycle of Evolution

Going back 4,000 years or more, mosaic art was a principle and a form of expression. It was the art that complemented architecture and was considered to be an impressive asset. Nowadays, you see mosaic murals and artworks everywhere, ornamenting streets or decorating homes and monuments.
Mosaics in home decor, mosaics for walls, mosaics for floors, tables and home accessories: They’re all two-to-a-penny.
Today, a new vision promises an unfolding turmoil in this art form to turn our wardrobes into an art gallery and our bodies into a three-dimensional canvas of all colors and square shapes. Calling this a new cycle of evolution was a bit challenging because this trend has been around since early 2014, when a collection of mosaic icons exploded onto Dolce&Gabbana’s runway.
Although, they put so much passion in their mosaic collection, and in creating mosaics on shoes, dresses, jewels and bags, but unfortunately their collection turned out to be short-lived and somehow failed to become a “Prêt à porter” craze.

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mosaic-tile-art-wall
12 Aug 2016

Dial-Up the Dazzle: Mosaic Wall Art

As I already clarified in a previous article, mosaic wall has evolved into a sophisticated, yet affordable home interior art form. This art form marks an adventurous new direction in today’s homes. Now, is the right time to forget everything you thought you knew about mosaic art. The stalwartly minimalist, antique, and pricey home ornament has a completely new course. In a recent collaboration with mosaic artists, architects and artisans, the art form has released a new vision, to transform this antique, traditional mosaic art of Byzantine and Roman eras into a contemporary, yet fashionable ornament. Taking a nod from the latest decorative avant-garde aesthetic, mosaic art is plastering everything from walls and ceilings, to floors, landscapes and home accessories.

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