2017 retrospective

Looking back through this year it makes me extremely happy and satisfied that so many beautiful mosaics have developed in the mosaic moments studio.

grape vine from oikos asarotos mosaic (2c CE) Vatican Museum Rome

Giving classes to adults and children was the time  I always looked forward to in 2017. Tuesday evening and Wednesdays, my teaching days,  are my “social days” in the studio and a great change to my otherwise “lonely time” creating my own works.

Teaching teaches me: with Irina I ventured into first works with the brazilian vitreous glass – Vidrotil.

Ligia brought the fabulous cutting bottle:

Oraida advised me on the frame for my lemon mosaic:

So thank you to all my students to give me the chance to pass on what I most like in life – making and learning about mosaics.

Looking forward to finish this community mosaic in January 2018 and to more mosaic encounters with many more people ! Happy New Year!

Refugee Community Mosaic film recognized at 13th ICCM conference in Oct 2017

What comes to your mind when you hear mosaic? Was the theme for a  call for videos by ICCM (International Committee on the Conservation of Mosaics) in January 2017. It inspired me to use the material, photos and quotes from participants of the refugee community mosaic project back in 2015 to make a short video about the project.

In April my suggestion for the video was selected. In June 2017, one month before the deadline to submit the film, endless hours being drawn into the project that became live again on my computer screen passed making the film. I received great help from friends editing text, speaking the quotes in arabic, organizing the agreement of the participants to show their pictures.

When I got the audio file with a music from Shalan Alhamwy that originally was not composed for the film and putting it into the program it immediately fitted the scenes on the images. As if the music was composed especially for this video. This was amazing.

In August to my surprise the video got selected to be shown at the conference in Barcelona amongst 15 videos about mosaic heritage conservation. This was the decisive moment for me to by my ticket to Barcelona to take part in the conference on mosaic heritage preservation. (13th ICCM conference Barcelona 2017)

A lot of positive comments from the 250 participants from 35 countries reached me during this week 15-20. Oct 2017.

At the end of the conference the video was recognized with the “coup de coeur” prize.

Seeing the film on a big screen in the auditorium was amazing. Have a look yourself!







Mosaics in Barcelona – not only Gaudi!

What comes in mind when you think of mosaics in Barcelona? Certainly Antonio Gaudi. But I was surprised when during the 13th ICCM conference we were shown the gems of mosaic conservation in Catalonia and there was NO Gaudi amongst them!

Let me take you to these places:

This is the Recinte Modernista Sant Pau. Build between 1902 and 1930 it became UNESCO World Heritage in 1997. This is a mosaic on a facade depicting one of the patrons of the hospital Sant Damia.

The architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner (1850-1923) was one of the outstanding figures of Catalan Art Nouveau (Modernisme). For the decorations of the buildings mosaics were used everywhere using floral motives to bring nature into the buildings and to the hospital beds.

on the ceiling
on the floor


on the walls
on the facades telling the history of the hospital

Another gem of art nouveau buildings richly decorated with mosaic and also stained glass works is the Palau da Musica.

The Palau de la Música Catalana was built between 1905 and 1908  also by the modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner as a home for the choral society Orfeó Català. Most impressive is the row of columns richly decorated with floral motives on the balcony of the intermission room.

On my final day in Barcelona I visited  Park Güell Gaudi’s unfinished work of a whole new garden city.  The mosaics in the park are famous because of the trencadís technique that Gaudi rivived.  Being under reconstruction I did not go into the area with his famous mosaic works but rather enjoyed the marvelous  views from the park onto the city.

Barcelona from Park Güell
Nature square with its trencadís mosaic benches

Coming back to the ICCM conference that brought me to Barcelona, I just received a thank you letter from the president of the Foundation – Roberto Nardi – stating:

“we had a full 255 participants, while contributors from 35 countries shared their work through 48 paper presentations, 59 posters and 15 videos. Each of these overall achievements represents many communal and personal successes. The sessions dedicated to modern mosaics were received well and succeeded in our goal to expose our members to new materials, techniques and technologies”

I congratulate the organizers in Barcelona in having chosen the best place to get exposed to modern mosaics.

Video as a technique for documentation of projects was also one of the new features of this conference. Wait for my next blog to see my involvement in this!