Mucha meets Facchina 2.0

After the Christmas break we have restarted here in Spilimbergo with a new project: Using the indirect method rovescio su carta (or if you prefer after its inventor Facchina) we work on a modern mosaic now. In contrast to the already presented Facchina technique of last year, (let’s call it 1.0) which in terms of andamenti corresponds to Roman style (with tessera di contorno and division of space), now, in version 2.0, we are more free. For the andamenti share the space only roughly, and the tesserae vary greatly in size, a little like in Byzantine style of the last project.

As always we approached to the new technique with a little warm-up exercise to understand the filling of various forms. Only then we went on to the real project, the second part of a trilogy interpreting works of Alphonse Mucha, the Czech poster artist of the late 19th century known for his Art Nouveau graphics. Last year, students from 2nd class had already worked on Mucha‘s The moon, now it is up to us to go on with his Pole Star.

For me, this now means: Mix green, beige and brown marbles, ceramic, and treasures from ancient Bisazza productions so as to create the flowing fabric of the polar woman. And also bringing some illusion of transparency to the work, because the fabric reveals some skin which should be reflected in the composition of materials.

I’m not a fan of the indirect method, that’s for sure. But I like the new way in which we mix the colors and the freedom that results from the modern laying method. And unlike last year where cutting precisely for rovescio su carta was still super demanding, this year I feel so much more comfortable to work in this manner.

Warm-up exercise for modern laying method: Andamenti and filling of space.
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