Planning THE AYVALIK MOSAIC

…. now, what shall be the design?

I am so enchanted by the animal pictures of the old greek and roman mosaics. Done a couple of bird mosaics for bird baths before and love the way they become alive once modelled with little tesserae!

 

So the shower/hamam garden extension in our house will get fishes to get the real feel of the sea into this little room!

The most realistic and lively depicts of fish I find in the poseidon mosaic at the Zeugma Museum in  Gaziantep in south east Turkey which I visited several times in the past years

the poseidon mosaic at Zeugma Museum, Gaziantep
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeugma_Mosaic_Museum

From a photo I cut the figures with photo shop and played around where the fishes should swim in our shower in Ayvalik taking into consideration view points and dynamics.

first draft

I wanted them to go up the wall of the hamam benches too – look at this 3D picture! Firat (our architect) and I sat for several hours with photoshop, autoCAD, water and wine to make the fish pictures movable and insert them into the architectural drawing in 3D.

 

after several drafts out came :

THE FINAL DESIGN, the square in the middle is will be the covering of the floor and the other parts will go up the walls

 
For the technique:
I will use the reverse method which means glueing the tesserae upside down onto the print of the design.The print will be in reverse. The wall parts will be divided into more or less squares that fit together like puzzele pieces. These tiles will be mounted like you mount tiles onto a wall. After the wall parts are mounted the fish figures on the floor will be fitted exactly to their parts on the wall. At last the background between the fishes on the floor will be filled with background tesserae in situ.

My plan is to do this in 3 month.

Conceiving THE AYVALIK MOSAIC

For one whole year now I have planned and tossed the idea of making a floor mosaic for our house in Ayvalik at the northern aegean coast of Turkey. THE HOUSE is being renovated – so a great opportunity for me to do a floor mosaic as a sort of apprentice piece.

a home for the mosaic

I have been practicing mosaic making since 3 years. It started in a mosaic studio (see Facebook Mustafa Salih Kamanlıoğlu) in the old city of ANKARA in Turkey – because I was looking for a place to practice my turkish language skills – and got absolutely hooked to THE CRAFT.

after attending a one week course in floor mosaic making at Luciana Notturni’s mosaic school   in the beautiful city of Ravenna in May 2015 I feel ready  … to take on this BIG PROJECT.

my floor mosaic tile made at Ravenna Mosaic School http://mosaicschool.com