07 Sep 2016
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.
31 Aug 2016
When most sightseers think of exploring Greece, Athens and Santorini are the first sites that come to mind. While both are equally sublime, I think a journey through the art and history of Patras is far better. Due to its distant location, the museum of Patras is not as popular with travelers and art historians as other museums in Athens. I recently road-tripped around the northern Peloponnese, to explore one of the regional capital of Western Greece: Patras. This beautiful city is full of archaeological sites and huge Roman Theaters and not to forget the lust and wonder of the Roman Mosaics in its Museum. Breathtaking to walk around at your own tempo, you’ll be stopping around each mosaic mural for one incredible human fascination to make history come alive again. Today’s article is a short brief stop at the breathtaking Archaeological Museum Of Patras, maintaining a sense of curiosity and empathy, so you’d still want to go and explore it yourself!
13 Jul 2016
Cover Photo: Jane Perkins It’s hard to believe that we started this blog almost two years ago today! As a content curator and main blogger of this online journal, my major aim and concern was to highlight and restore an ancient art form one letter at a time. Yes, it’s almost
28 Apr 2016
From elegant enamel to precise patterns, tile art and its incorporation into mosaic form have been a means for artistic and individual expression for millennia. This rich history continues to grow today, as designers and decorators are increasingly embracing the art of tile and its melding into mosaic as a means of conjuring a more dynamic interior. Where does the story of tile begin, though? This blog offers a brief glimpse into the medium’s enduring and engaging past in hopes of both informing and inspiring our readers to make the leap into mosaic art.
25 Apr 2016
One of the most common questions people ask me is “What is the difference between mosaic and tile art?” Now, you might think the difference is obvious – but it turns out there’s a lot of confusion about both skills, and many people believe they have a mosaic artwork when in fact they have a tile artwork. So, let’s clear things up! Perhaps the painless, yet most suitable, difference would be that “Tile Art” is primarily the product of craftsmanship and skill, while a mosaic artwork is invested with an emotional, philosophical, spiritual or esthetic quality that reaches beyond. This article is an exploration of the origins of two time-honored art forms and an attempt to understand the difference between both, and thus how Mosaic and Tile Art have documented and shaped history!
19 Apr 2016
Istanbul turned out to be one of my favorite cities in the world. I went without any expectations and was blown away by the country’s cultures, colors and scents. It is a dream destination, located in the edge of Europe where east meets west. Connecting the two continents, the city hides layers of history, culture and art. The architecture, the handicrafts, everything in Istanbul tells a story. Below you’ll find an overview of the Tile Art story in Istanbul, and discover why tile art is the most widely known among the famous Turkish handicrafts. Some outstanding Tile artworks of the traditional culture and the contemporary world follow suit