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Disneyland Mosaics

While in CA, we took the kids to Disneyland. Their first time and my 1st time as a parent… It’s an odd place I tells ya. I had a load of fun, but it’s an odd place! Of course what I did notice all over everywhere were the mosaics. In Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney. See?! It is an odd place. It’s like a city all it’s own! I was rather taken aback at the money spinner that it is. Here we are with global poverty, shortages on basic foods and then here in the West there’s Disneyland, where I don’t know how many tens of thousands of dollars get turned over in a day. Kinda crazy. But that’s not the point of this post… “The Happiest Place on Earth”, perhaps. But something about that slogan makes me feel uneasy. I have to say thank goodness the ride known as “It’s a Small World After All” was closed for construction. That ride is trippy! Don’t know if I could have done that one all over again… lol!

It was pretty awe inspiring just how much detail in everything there is. First of all it’s really clean. I mean like really clean. People that worked there were friendly. Everything just ran really well. The amount of organisation that must go into creating and maintaining something like that is, in itself, quite remarkable. And to top it all off, every night they had fireworks that far surpass the New Year’s Fireworks we get here!!! Every night! Certainly alot of fun to be had. We went with extended family, and it’s definitely a lot more enjoyable in a large group 🙂 Makes all that waiting around doable…

There were some beautiful mosaics. I have no idea who made any of them so this post will just be a bit of a visual feast. Plenty more in my Disney Mosaics Flickr set… There are some hardcore families who seem to go a lot. I don’t know if that’s me, in fact I know it’s not!!! By the third day (of all of us looking out for 6 young kids) I was holding L’s hand and suddenly looked around, panicked, blood drained from my face and I screamed out “Where’s L!!!?”. I knew it was time to leave. 😉

Waterlily Fountain

Something Silver Mosaic
Such a perfect use of mirror!!! This mosaic quite literally sparkled…

Naples Pizza Mosaic Floor
The floor entrance to Naples Pizza, in Downtown Disney.

Sunflower Fountain
Detail shot of the Sunflower Fountain at the entrance of Disneyland.

Mosaic Benches

Sun Fountain

Catalina Casino Mosaic

Disney Mosaic

Disney Mosaic

Disney Mosaic - floor detail

Disney's California Adventure Park Mosaic Mural

Disney's California Adventure Park Mosaic Mural
Gorgeous hand made tiles it seems… This mountainous mural flanked both sides of the entrance to Disney’s CA Adventure Park. It depicted everything that CA is famous for… Really a fantastic mural!

Aladdin's Mosaic
The mosaic on the floor to Aladdin’s theatre in Disneyland. Didn’t go in to see the performance but this mosaic certainly caught my eye…

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Artist Watch: Jane Denison

Up next for some amazing mosaics – this time a little closer to home – is Jane Denison, aka janemoz on Flickr. Jane lives in Byron Bay, NSW Australia. A lovely part of the world if I may say so myself… I “met” her through the Mosaic Addicts Group and when she joined Flickr I was pretty quick to peruse her lovely, lovely work. I love Flickr for that: instant gratification…

Jane started making mosaics five years ago. Something about the freedom in the art form attracted her. In the eyes of a beginner, it appeared as if there was no “wrong” way to approach mosaics. Her opinions have since changed – now when she sees a mosaic artwork she marvels at how much thought has gone into the placing of each tiny piece.

Movement and contrast are the two aspects Jane aims to incorporate within her work. Creating “movement” is somewhat contradictory when glass and ceramic tiles are unwieldy by nature. And yet, this is the challenge!

Jane claims to yet break out and take mosaics to a professional level. Most of her mosaics are produced from requests of friends, family and the community. Although these are gratefully appreciated, her aim is to work towards an exhibition. I would argue though that the fact that she is creating all these wonderful works of art and installing them is “professional” in and of itself 🙂

Presently, however, Jane’s main focus is on being a mum while also completing a degree in Arts History at Queensland University. It’s a wonderful balance for her to mosaic after studying all day – getting away from being theoretical about art, and into a practical understanding of it.

A love for learning has led Jane to doing several mosaic courses. The first course was with Scott Harrower – who is now President of the Mosaic Association of Australia & New Zealand (MAANZ). Her mosaic interests have also led her to travel to Italy and study under Martin Cheek. It was Cheek’s course that introduced her to Italian smalti and millefiori, both of which are used in her most recent mosaics.

In the future Jane would like to continue the trend of mixing travel and mosaics. Istanbul, with its wonderful Byzantine mosaics, is next on the list! And I think I won’t be too far behind!

Some of my favourite examples of her work are below, but you MUST check out her flickr site for more…

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gate originally uploaded by janemoz

This is the gate that made me notice her… How amazing is this?! After walking through an entrance like that every day I’d feel at home to be sure… but what a welcome for everyone else!? Her brother made the gate for her, cement sheet built into it for the substrate of the mosaic. Looks like talent runs in the family… The gate then sat on her dining table for 6 months while she laboured over it…

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Peacock originally uploaded by janemoz

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pool mosaic originally uploaded by janemoz

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blue bird (finished) originally uploaded by janemoz

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Lotus stepping stone originally uploaded by janemoz

Only one example of her many fantastic stepping stones. I believe she does them all reverse indirect.

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Mosaic for Bev’s swimming pool originally uploaded by janemoz

This is Jane’s current WIP. I understand it measures 1.5 x 1.5m and is a mural next to a pool. It’s looking amazing already… I love to see how different mosaic artists work, in particular how they begin with laying their ideas down. How detailed does it need to be? It seems from this example Jane has it all in her head 🙂 It’s just fascinating to me…

And lastly, the Artiste in question…

Jane Denison

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Rydges Eagle Hawk Resort Pool Mosaic

Eagle Pool Mosaic

Just over the ACT border heading north towards Sydney is a Rydges hotel with an eagle mosaic in their pool. I found out about this at the last markets I did. A tiler and his partner came to look at my work, in particular a picture of a butterfly. It’s not for sale and I heard him mention it must be a really special one. I turned around to correct him as it is not a particularly special one to me (although I did make it for myself) but wasn’t for sale also because I wasn’t happy with my grout colour selection. He looked at it and said “I’m a tiler and you can’t fault your grouting. It’s perfect.”

Well of course I”l take that as a true compliment coming from someone in the trade! They were a really lovely couple actually. We got to chatting, as you do, and he mentioned he worked on a mosaic at this hotel. So I rushed out there the other day to have a squizz and indeed here it is. My picture is not the best, but it was pretty hard to photograph because of the water. The Rydges website has a much better picture of it.

Noone from the hotel could tell me anything about it. I did however find out from the tiler at the markets that it was designed by an Argentinian man, who has since passed away. The hotel staff seemed to think it was made around 20 years ago. How accurate this is I have no idea. It is all made from ceramic tile.

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Dickson Pool Mosaic

Here is a mosaic made by the Majura Women’s Group back in 2000, I believe. It sits on the wall in front of the pool’s building and you can’t miss it really.

It’s made entirely of ceramic and I’d say measures approximately 2m across by perhaps 1.5 high? I know it was funded by ArtsACT. I recently met a man at the markets where I sell some work who was one of the few guys installing it. I guess it was made directly onto the substrate and grouted before hauling it up onto the brick!!! Needless to say it was backbreaking work installing it… I think he said they needed 6 men to do it. Strange way to do it… I feel sorry for those men! Still it looks good 🙂

Dickson Pool Mosaic

I’m not sure if there is a story behind it or if it was just made because… Sorry folks!

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