Mosaic is the art of connecting broken pieces to form a new design. I use mosiacs to connect with the countries I live in, practicing and teaching the art to those around me to connect with people and enable others to connect with eachother.

Project 116 – community mosaic&food

Yesterday, Saturday Feb 27 was a true example of team work: during two hours 21 participants were silently (to bring out the meditative qualities that mosaic laying has) working in the sacred mosaic moments studio each on one segment of a mosaic.

Interesting how different the approach of participants was to make their segment. Some went row by row, some by color in their material box.

Over a delicious lunch cooked during the period of mosaic making by 3 participants under the instructions of snack chef Martin, the hungry mosaic makers were refueling their energies and need to talk. It was a happy buzzing lunch break after 2 hours of silence.

Coming back to the studio after lunch was full of suspense – the image wasn’t revealed to participants before – What would it be? Each participant brought their segment to the front and I temporarily mounted the 18 segments together on an Aluminium honeycomb board. This was a great moment of joy.

The suspense was immense and wild guesses entertained the process. All together a fun afternoon bringing people together creating, eating and laughing

Here are some quotes from participants:

Indeed, it was such a wonderful workshop. The joint efforts made the experience special. Music was also carefully selected that was  like a breeze touching the peaceful inner self in the early spring. Thank you Gertrud for the great time! @Gertrud木乐 And thanks to Martin for the delicious lunch. J.Loh

Great project, great activity, great company, wonderful community art! Great Saturday! Thank you Gertrud. @Gertrud木乐 Ah! And great food!!! Thank you Martin! Paloma Sanchez

Thank you Gertrud and Martin and your team for the diligent preparation and introduction into the world of Mosaic. I enjoyed the creative and relaxing atmosphere so much and, contributing a small unit to the master piece was rewarding experience. The food and social set up was most inspiring. Great people and great fun! Cinderella von Dungern

thank you Gertrud for the great and special mosaic art project, this was a wonderful Saturday, l start interest in mosaic, …. Yan

So much fun and and a super outcome, thank you! Annalize Heyn

1000x800mm mosaic ca 5000 tesserae laid in two hours by 20 participants

Labyrinth by Kate Kerrigan

This mosaic shows very well how mosaic is a medium between sculpture and painting. Here its more sculpture because the artist worked with just one color -white – using different heights to make certain lines more visible.I also admire her use of the classical technique – using merely square and trapezoids to show the flow of the paths in this labyrinth mosaic.

Caught by Joanne Dashel, 2020

Today’s choice of mosaic from the MAI exhibition goes to the mosaic “caught” from Joanne Dashel.

I am impressed with her use of andamento to make the movement of the fish Schwarm visible. It is a distinctive feature of mosaic that one can use the direction of how to place the material plus the lines that are forming in between the mosaic pieces to give the section of an image a strong movement. She has chosen this motive in fascination of the sardines moving and mastered it excellent to depict this movement.

I also like the use of the spaces in between the mosaic pieces to draw the fishing net. Using these spaces for making the design has always been intriguing for me in mosaic. Really well done here.

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