Whenever I feel thwarted in life, I know I need to change something. Some time ago it happenend to me ever more often, during my last year before becoming Maestra Mosaicista, and after many days and nights at the end I took the decision to stop the training at Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli.
I know many of you won’t believe this.
‘How come?! You were already in third!’
Sure, the third and last year was supposed to be the most creative and I had been looking forward to it since the beginning in 2013. Nevertheless: For me it was the right time to leave Spilimbergo. Of course, an exciting program with textures and the playful handling of new material was waiting for me. But as in all the years many hours of the curriculum were wasted on things that weren’t really interesting for me.
I went to Italy because after a straight resume without any gaps, I wanted to finally do something for my own. Learning mosaic from scratch was my first aim, not having the diploma. I would not say that I have finished learning about making mosaic, because in life you never stop learning. But the rhythm of school and my thirst for action simply did not match enough.
Still, for all the input and the valuable knowledge I have received from teachers and students during the last 26 months, I am very grateful. For learning about andamenti, cement mixtures, for the wonderful stock of material, for any rosette I drew in geometrics, every hour in the terrazzo room, for each cherry that I picked in school, every history lesson and each and every exercise on color theory.
Nowhere in the world, a high-quality education in mosaics is offered like in the small village in Friuli. I have to admit though that sometimes (no, actually very often) I wished that the school was in Milan or Rome. But then it wouldn’t be as it is: an institution with a long tradition and important ties to the region.
My training at the scuola may have ended, but the contact to the people I have met there I will keep with joy and I promise to pass on what I have learned as good as I can.
Maestri and allievi, I will miss you a lot! But I’m sure we’ll meet again soon. Maybe even at the next meeting of the international mosaic organization AIMC in May that will be held in Spilimbergo.
Many things have become clear to me in these two years. For example, that I want to be creative and loose myself in mosaic making, but that I also want to work in the non profit or educational sector.
Of course, these changes mean that the reports about my education in Spilimbergo have come to an end. But I will continue to make mosaic and go on reporting about the subject in this blog. In somewhat modified form, but still in a mused way. Stay tuned!