The Art of Mosaic 2009 exhibit in Somerville, Massachusetts is staging a “mini salon” for small mosaics made by the exhibitors. We have the choice to participate or not, but I think it sounds like a great challenge for me. The guidelines are that we submit a mosaic smaller than 12” X 12”, which must be for sale. So last night I started some planning for a 6” X 11” mosaic to submit. I have laid out several shades of blue vitreous and stained glass, and some textured silver mirror, but have no real idea what to do with them yet.
Working in such a small size is difficult for me. I did a small piece (8” X 10”) a couple of years ago and hated it! I felt that the small size limited my ability to develop the andamento sufficiently (flow of the tile, or direction in which they are laid). That has such a huge effect on the design of a piece. I was thinking “especially when doing representational stuff” but I think it’s probably even more true for abstracts, because the eye doesn’t immediately perceive an identifiable object. Abstracts feel like such a different thing altogether that I don’t believe I want to give it a go on a small piece that I already expect to be a challenge, but we’ll just have to wait and see what develops!
So….next to kick around some design ideas (which, incidentally, is completely backward from the way I usually work – design ideas first, then materials). Another exercise in creativity awaits!