Shimmery squares

Posted: November 14, 2012 in Shimmery Squares
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Everyday in our breakfast room at Orsoni, I was fascinated by 2 great big mosaics on the wall.  They were created by a professor of the Spilimbergo School of Mosaic and were a seemingly simple design of a square within a square of colored gold smalti.  Doesn’t sound too exciting but they were!  What made them special was the way the individual pieces were set.  The interior square was set vertical while the outer horizontal, significant space was left between the pieces (not something I’m used to!) and each piece was set slightly different than its’ neighbour.  Either straight or not, or straight but one end squished down into the cement with the other end higher.  This setting, coupled with the metallic sheen of the colored gold created a fantastic play with the light as you moved in relation to it.  They shimmered in the most captivatingly beautiful fashion!

Being a bit of a magpie, I had to create one of my own!  Mine are on a much smaller scale – there are 3 in total that I was able to complete.  I learned on the first one though that simple appearances aren’t always simple!  There was a fair bit of math to these little guys that I didn’t realize when choosing a size for the wood when it is was originally cut.  Thankfully it worked out ok though, they’re all nice but the 2nd two benefited from the learning curve of the first one!

Here’s a few pics (click to enlarge), often I say the pics don’t do the mosaic justice – but in this case it is even more true  The light when it hits these just can’t be accurately captured in a picture.  They were done in the direct method on wood and measure roughly 8″ x 8″.

  1. Sandra Peck says:

    Your work is beautiful and modern. Very nice color choices. I am looking to join a group or meet up with other mosaic artists around Ottawa area. Would you be interested. As well, I would love to learn more about your hands on expereince in Italy. Would you be willing to meet. I live in Ottawa.


  2. jm says:

    Very spectacular. The colors, texture and the designs are uber modern. This feels like a creatvie avenue worth exploring further.


  3. Diana says:

    Beautiful…yes, sometimes taking the “simple” route can be a challenge! They really turned out well. Love them!


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