Square³

You know that old saying ” a cobbler’s children have no shoes “, well my poor husband had no mosaic.  He’d requested one specifically a year and half ago.  But his project kept getting pushed to the side.  Finally it was his turn.  He had to wait so long…I really hoped it would be worth it.

Thankfully it was worth it and he was thrilled.  He had requested a giant version of the Shimmery Squares that I’d done at Orsoni – that were based on a project I’d seen there.  But I didn’t want to copy the same thing.  I presented him with several alternate ideas, some with a tiny bit of raised area to give a little 3-D effect, he picked one idea he liked and we went with it.

The end result is 3 squares, a little off-set, with the smallest square being slightly raised from the other two.  It is made from blue and green gold smalti and is so shimmery and neat when the sun hits it!  The pieces are laid with the outside square horizontal, mid square vertical and inner square horizontal – it is really hard to get a good pic of this – but here’s a few shots below.

We’re going to go radio-silent for the next month or so.  Heading south to take a class that hopefully will give me skills to add a new dimension to the mosaics then getting in a little R&R after that with the husband.  Check back with us in May and hopefully I’ll have some fun bits to share with you!

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Shimmery squares

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″.