The past two months have been a whirlwind of tremendous things happening one after the other. Life is kind of ramping up at the moment for me, but in a good way. Hope it is the sign of more to come. 🙂
I’ll share with you over the next few blogs all of the great things happening. Today’s is about a piece of mine that was accepted in a juried show! The show was a special one to get picked for as it was the 1st year of the Canadian Annual Mosaic Exhibition. It was such an honor to be a part of the inaugural year. It was held at the Flagship Gallery in Hamilton Ontario during November, and there were more than 30 stunning works in the show.
The piece of mine that was chosen is a micro-mosaic called “Enough” This technique is a little different than traditional mosaic, all the pieces in her are very tiny and have to be set using tweezers. They range in size (width-wise) from 0.5mm to about 4mm. All her glass was melted and pulled to size by me in a flame at GSS Flameworking.
I also created a special murrini (glass rod with a pattern inside) in black and white to go in her dress. The tiny pieces take quite a long while to put together, when most are between 0.5 and 2 mm wide it is time consuming to fill even 1 square inch!
So why is she called “Enough”?
In today’s world we’re constantly connected, bombarded by so many demands on our time, so much negativity, unending terrible news stories in the palm of our hand.
A feeling of frustration at this constant connection and negativity inspired to me create an abstract drawing of woman in a beautiful dress looking down with eyes closed, hands to head, having simply had enough of all that was going on around her. The drawing laid around for months till finally she came to life as a micro-mosaic.
She is smaller (the actual mosaic size of this piece is 5 x 7, overall size 8 x 10) and floats surrounded by a background of swirly darkness representing conflict.
Really came to love her a lot and was so thrilled she was chosen for the show. Her bits are so tiny, included below are some pictures but for best viewing click to make them larger. I also made a little time-lapse video of her progression – if you’re interested it is at the bottom of this blog! Be forewarned though, it was my first time doing this so it jumps a little. Next time I won’t kick the tripod out of place so much! 😀