Few legends in the world of art can maintain the balance between the paradoxical blend of modesty and resourcefulness. Kate Rattray is one of them!
I’m especially thrilled to share this in-depth interview with Kate Rattray, the humble yet brilliant mosaicist living and working in Somerset, UK. Inspired by the force, composition and hues of nature, her work tells the story of an ancient allegory that perceives the world as a primitive and magical place. The enchantment of her mosaic artworks amplifies a piece of splendor, both literally and allegorically and pushes your estimate limits concerning her exceptional source of motivation.
In this exclusive interview, Kate talks more in-depth abou
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.
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.
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.
Historically, this art form has been in a process of constant evolution, as it has always been closely intertwined with the history of art and antiquity.These last few years have been mosaic dreams, people are becoming more interested in the art and science of mosaics. However, it’s hard to identify if it’s going to bond or disperse down in history as the next trends of bygone eras. Home decor trends come and go and suddenly, come back again. With many emerging mosaic designs, some will have a persistent power, and some will disperse with cozy breakfast nooks. Where the question remains:
How long will the trend last? Is it Timeless or Timely, and what should I expect in the coming year?
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?