I'm in Florence, land of art, wine and food--my 3 favourite things. Better yet, I'm sharing these things with one of my favourite people, my sister. Those sorts of things should be shared, I always think!
And now I am inexplicably hungry, so away I go to find some more divine cucina Italiana!
This piece has the honour of being created in several places. It was started in Calgary, Canada, added to in Philadelphia and Berkeley, then finished it in Tucson. Pretty well travelled, I'd say!
I have a couple of posts planned for next week, but then there will be another break in my daily posting. My sister is joining me in Italy tomorrow, and I'll be on "proper holiday" for two weeks before I get my nose back to the grindstone for two months of solid production.
I can't complain about the weather, nor the blue skies here. The thing about Tuscany is it really does look like all those movies. The richness of the scenery (the beauty of which has nearly caused me to cry more than once) inspired this opulent blue pendant.
I spent about 2 1/2 weeks in Tucson in late March and early April. As a result, I was there over Easter weekend. In irreverent honour of the season, Theresa, my host/should-have-been sister, and I decided to "resurrect" a 34" by 34" table.
We found a $5 set of table legs, and by 12:30pm Easter Sunday had gathered our supplies. Including beer. And set to work.
It should be noted that we had a deadline, my flight back to Canada, but even more so her partner's return, as the table was to be a surprise for him. So less than 7 hours after arriving home with supplies, we frantically laid the last pieces of tile in the dwindling light of day.
The next day and a half saw us figuring out the additional esthetics of the project, including grouting, spray painting legs, recovering chairs and final assembly. We eventually presented the table with great aplomb and very shortly thereafter were thoroughly enjoying it.
Thus, this now becomes the largest mosaic project on this blog where the mosaicking--including design and supply procuring--was actually completed in one day. My dearest Theresa, may there be many more hectic projects in our future.
My "shag rug" piece that I posted yesterday attracted a fair bit of attention when it was up for auction at the Mosaic Salon at the Society of American Mosaic Artists' conference in Philadephia. As a result, a dear friend commissioned me to "make him something". This was the product of that request, and both he and I are pleased with the outcome. It should be noted that these wee shag rugs do push the limits of "Mosaic a Day". While I could technically create these in a day, it would be one heckuva long one! So generally I stretch the creation of these out over several days, particularly the cutting, which takes an insanely long time. After cutting, each of the matchsticks is carefully selected for size, colour, and shape. As I place it, I then have to decide on angle and rotation. As a result, every tiny piece represents a minimum of 5 decisions I've had to make. No wonder my sister can't believe I do what I do for a living...
I'm BAAACK!!! It seems ages since I've posted. The last two months saw me hectically dashing through out the States and Canada to various teaching gigs. I taught 6 weekends in a row! Almost immediately afterwards, I headed to Europe for a mix of vacation and studio time. I'm currently in Tuscany, enjoying the sunshine, wine, food, and company of my friend Corinna Butler, whose wonderful glass work is sold at her shop Vitrium in Volterra.
The piece I've posted today was my salon piece at the SAMA conference all the way back on March 13th. The wonderful Kim Wiese was the lucky bidder, and I just love this photo of us.
I hope I get a chance this year to make a few more of these pieces in my "shag carpet" technique. But while on the road, the jewelry is the easiest to haul around, so it's what I focus on. I'm really proud that I've gotten my travel kit down to under 15 lbs--the earlier 26 lb one was a monster.