Inspired by Ikebana: 3D mosaic

Alright, the hair of the Mucha lady is done, all parts of the last project in indirect method are completed. Until the mosaic is applied, it will take a little while, though.

Meanwhile, we have already started our next mosaic project and every one is working for himself again. It is about a little experiment in 3D: We take Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, as inspiration for a mosaic that incorporates foreign objects. In my case, some wood I found in the Tagliamento river, and I think it fits very well with the philosophy that lies behind the age-old art.

Contrary to the idea of floral arrangement as a collection of particolored or multicolored arrangement of blooms, ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws emphasis toward shape, line, form. Though ikebana is a creative expression, it has certain rules governing its form. The artist’s intention behind each arrangement is shown through a piece’s color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines, and the usually implied meaning of the arrangement. (Wikipedia)

As you can guess from the pictures, we play with layers, integrate large pieces and test out things that we will further work on in 3rd year here in Spilimbergo. It’s about to try out new things, combine different material and create tension and contrasts while focussing on little details. And I love it!

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  • What a beautiful and inspirational flower form to experiment with in mosaic! It looks like you are working direct method over plastic? Are you setting the tesserae into cement adhesive on the plastic and then will later attach to a substrate with additional cement adhesive? I truly enjoy following your work!

  • Dear Dee, nice to hear that you enjoy following the mused news :-) yes I am working in direct method. The mosaic will be made in different parts that I will glue step by step. I will let you know how when I have proceeded with the project!

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