Monthly Archives: August 2008

Mosaic in Film: Run Fatboy Run

So I was really surprised to get to the end of this movie and find that David Schwimmer, of all people, directed this film. OK that and the intimation that a woman would EVER get back together with a fella that left her standing, pregnant, at the altar all because he was too skeered! Not likely mate. BUT it was a good watch overall and there was a scene with walls of gorgeous mosaics!!! I am told by one of my English friends that they could be the mosaics at Portobello Road, but I couldn’t say for sure. I’ve only managed to find one mosaic mural from Portobello Road – it’s amazing, but definitely not the ones in this film.

Anyway, a good DV’ to watch at home and … okay, okay I’ll admit I got all teary at the end! ;)

If any one of you know where those mosaics are, who they were made by etc… please leave a comment and let me know!!! :)

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I <3 Trades!

I received a trade piece today in the mail :) I was backing out of the driveway, running late to work (as per usual) and noticed something sticking out of my letterbox. Thank you Royal British Mail for getting it here so quickly!!! I ripped it open while driving to work, at every red light there was. About the only time I could appreciate and hope for a red light…

Well it’s simply stunning, as expected from Paul Owen. I wrote about him a couple months ago as part of the Artist Watch Series and he wanted to make something for my luuuurve wall in return… I have to say I was so taken aback by such a gesture. Really, how generous. He’s so cool. And of course I couldn’t accept such a lovely offer without making something in return… Trades rock. There’s no two ways about it. This piece is called Cherry Heart and is made from Stained glass, hematite, Orsoni smalti and Sicis smalto and a gorgeous fused glass heart. {I’m all chuffed :)}

So wherever in rural Scotland you may be Paul… thank you, thank you, thank you! I love it and it makes a great addition to my wall. See you in Italy… soon! You can teach me how to knock back a pint properly ;)

Cherry Heart

Love Wall Redux

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My son’s mosaic #3 – Waterworld

So after a beaut weekend with my 3 charming children I thought I’d post my 6 year old’s latest mosaic effort. This one he made on mesh – definitely the way to work I think!!! – and I’m so proud of him. This is the child that I will have a conversation with every other day about the need to go to school (he doesn’t particularly enjoy it…) because it’s the only way into Art School ;)

Liam's drawing for his next mosaic
Original picture that he drew..

Having a whale of a time!

Waterworld

Final mosaic that he called Waterworld :) He always comes up with groovy names for his pieces… Next up for him is a giraffe that I think we will put up on the house this time… in their secret hideout!

Already at work on his next mosaic...

I dig the sunnies on the sun, lol!!! Kids are the best…

On another note, I didn’t do any mosaic work over the weekend. I can hardly believe it! It was incredibly cold and incredibly miserable so yesterday we all decided to do nothing but have a movie-marathon. It snowed, albeit as much as “snow” can mean to us Canberrans… We did awake this morning to snow up on the mountains though… always a pretty sight. So I am proud of myself for sitting on my behind all day and doing nothing… I don’t “do” nothing. I’ll admit to being someone who can’t sit still, can’t go on vacation somewhere to lie around on a beach or wherever and, do nothing! I’m hopeless at it! ;)

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Artist Watch: Leena Nio

Leena Nio, aka neanio, has lived in Paris now for over 20 years. Whilst on holiday at her parent’s house in Finland 4 years ago she came across an article about French artist, Virginie Loy, teaching mosaic workshops in Finland. “Hmm, I thought, that’s something I could try- so as soon as I got back to Paris I bought a book on how to do mosaics.”

Ever since winning an art competition (with a picture very similar to her flower fields of today)and a trip to Canada at the tender age of 13, Leena has always loved the arts. She had a long period of making jewellery but felt she had gone as far as she could with her jewellery making. As it happens she lives a 10 minute walk away from one of the best mosaic supply stores in France… “They were very helpful in telling me how to use tools and about the materials. And of course every church and many houses or even streets in Paris have exemples of mosaics.”

After experimenting by herself for a couple of years with flower pots and trays etc, Leena felt she needed to learn new techniques, so again, right next door, she found a wonderful teacher called Claire Guerin, who won the biggest mosaic competition in France back in 2006. “From then on, I feel like I have been able to progress heaps. I can’t seem to stop making mosaics almost every day – that’s what I was warned about in my mosaics store – they said “ careful, once you start doing mosaics it becomes a passion”.”

Lately there has been a growing interest in her work both in France and in Finland. Her next exhibition will be in August and hopefully another in Paris either in October or in November. “I just finished an outside terrace which was a first for me, artistically it’s a success, as Claire would say, but evening up the surface is still difficult for me (all pieces were of different thicknesses).”

For the future, Leena hopes for an agent who could take care of selling her work and interfacing with clients so she could leave her day job and keep creating the images that invade her mind. ;) Meanwhile, “I guess I just muddle along hoping my work gets somehow noticed for its quality and imagination.” Artists that inspire her include Sonia King, Irina Charny and Claire Guerin, but she admires any piece of work that comes from anybody as long as it’s got a play of colour and style that she relates to.

Finally meet Leena:

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