Mosaic Odysseys Festival – from London to Athens to Mykonos

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Two weeks ago I returned from Athens from the Mosaic Odysseys exhibition which has now moved onto Mykonos. Being in Greece was an inspiring experience, I climbed the Acropolis and Lykavittos Hill and even though there were crowds of people around me, I still felt a connection with the ancient Greeks and I was in awe of the Greek Gods.  Spread out before me was the whole of Athens and I imagined what it must have been like all those years ago with temples and lodgings scattered about. One evening on top of Lykavittos Hill I watched a storm brewing, lightning bolts lit the sky reminding me I was in Zeus’ territory.

The exhibition was held in the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, a modern light and spacious building with a theatre. Our exhibition was displayed on two floors.There were more works on show than there were in London. More pieces by the  Greek artists and lovely big photos of pieces that were sold in London (printed by Lydia Papadopoulou’s husband). So the whole exhibition was there in a sense.

On Friday 9th September we had the inauguration. The place was buzzing with people all night. New people were met and lots was said.

Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

 

Inauguration of Mosaic Odysseys in Athens

Inauguration of Mosaic Odysseys in Athens

 

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Me with my doves

Me with my doves and photos of my works sold in London

 

Sunrise in Athens

Sunrise in Athens

 

View from the Acropolis

View from the Acropolis

Now the exhibition is in Mykonos until 30th September. Unfortunately I can’t be there as I am at Somerset Crafts having set up a temporary studio for the duration of Somerset Art Weeks.

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The work looks wonderful in a magical setting. I wish I was there! You can see pictures on the Mosaic Odysseys facebook page.

I have been reassured by Artemis Klitsi, one of the Greek mosaic artists that they are taking great care of my doves although they had trouble the first night keeping them from flying out to join the night life and the second day they wanted to fly to Delos!

Here is Lydia Papadopoulou feeding them with grapes!

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The Doves Who Bring Ambrosia to the Gods

Mosaic Odysseys Festival moving on to Athens and Mykonos

The first exhibition for the Mosaic Odysseys Festival at the Hellenic Centre  in London was a great success. We had a lot of visitors and several sales.
After selling my works “The Whirlwind That Takes Me There” , “The Enchanter“,and “The Four Winds“, I decided to make new works to send to Greece.
I wanted to make 3 dimensional birds and initially thought about my gold birds that appear in my work frequently. They would be more realistic and fly on their own odyssey to Athens…(only the courier would spoil my fantasy) . However I dipped into the BOOK once again (Homer’s Odyssey in case you wondered) …and found just what I was looking for.

It’s in the beginning of the section where Circe tells Odysseus how to escape from the House of Hades. She tells him how he must avoid the sirens song, then goes on to mention the overhanging and very high rocks that the gods call the Wanderers. She says …
“Here not even a bird may pass, no, not even the timid doves that bring ambrosia to Father Jove, but the sheer rock always carries off one of them, and Father Jove has to send another to make up their number…”

I decided to make the doves so they were partly 3 dimensional but so you can still hang them on the wall. And hang them rather like Hilda Ogden’s very “tasteful flying ducks” in Coronation Street!!  (Sorry, did I say tasteful? Oh yes, so I did)

I cut out my doves from plywood with only one wing and constructed the others 3 dimensionally. I have used a little of my hand gilded metal leaf glass in them.

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For the bodies I used polystyrene eggs and cut them in half.

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I chose these funny circle design milliefiori tiles for eyes to illustrate the exhaustion the dove feels after the journey!

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A persistent small spider wanted to get in on the action!

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Various glass on the inside wings.

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Wings are fixed securely.

Bodies and copper wire feet are attached.

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Fly my babies…

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The Doves Who Bring Ambrosia to the Gods (take 1)

The tin of rice pudding is of course a joke, although I am tempted to use it in the exhibition.  However there are shipping issues getting tins of food through customs as well as copyright issues using the logo. I wrote to Ambrosia, but I got no reply.
So they will bring symbolic gifts …

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The Doves Who Bring Ambrosia to the Gods (take 2)

…where ambrosia is a nectar or a honey made by bees and flowers.

Close up…

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The Mosaic Odysseys exhibition will be at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens from September 9th to September 18th.

The final exhibition will be at the Muncipal Art Gallery of Mykonos, starting 23rd September and finishing 3rd October.

Exhibiting artists –

Greek artists :

Ioannis Touliatos, Artemis Klitsi, Eftychia Finou, Vasso Spanou, Lydia Papadopoulos, Alexandros Bassadis,

UK artists:

Dugald MacInnes, Nathalie Vin, Aliyahgator, Arianna Puntin, and myself.

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Two More Weeks in Upper Street, Angel, Islington

For the last two weeks and for the following two weeks I have several pieces of my work in a new pop up shop in Angel, Islington, London.  Makers & Friends is at 126 Upper Street, selling hand made jewellery, prints, cushions, soaps and herbal concoctions.  I haven’t  visited yet but I hear the shop is humming with activity every day.

I have some of my butterflies and birds in the shop including these …

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Copper Butterflies

A Golden Winged Bird Passing my Way

A Golden Winged Bird Passing my Way

If you are in London drop in and have a look. The shop is open every day until April 25th 2016.

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Makers and Friends shop (photo by Zen)

Makers and Friends, 126 Upper Street, Angel, Islington, London N1

www.makers-friends.com

Instagram: MAKERSANDFRIENDS_LDN

 

Mosaic Art and Friends in Chartres!

I have just returned from a long weekend in the beautiful city of Chartres, and a day in Paris.  My two teenage children accompanied me (luckily, or I would have got lost many times!) and we enjoyed an overload of mosaic art, architecture and history!

We stayed in an apartment overlooking the side of the cathedral next to the museum and awoke to the one note bell ringing each morning at 8 0clock. My mosaic art works Chorus at the Wake of the Sun and Unfinished Symphony were part of a prestigious mosaic exhibition in Chartres,  BAMM Rencontres Internationales de Mosaïque held in the Musée de Beau Arts.

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“Chorus at the Wake of the Sun” alongside work by Line Mortensen and Tracey Cartledge

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“Unfinished Symphony” alongside works by Helen Nock and Guilia Vogrig

Also showing at the BAMM exhibition, were mosaicists, Dugald Macinnes, Nathalie Vin, Norma Vondee, Patricia Lee,  Joanna Kessel, and Barbara Laws.
The museum is one of three venues for the event.

There are more works to see at Chapelle Saint Eman

Marco de Luca

Marco de Luca

and many more at Lycèe Fulbert where the Prix Picassiette is held. Here are a few favourites …

Christine Dalibert

Christine Dalibert

Chrystele Albertini

Chrystèle Albertini

Gary Drostle

Gary Drostle

Gerard Brand

Gérard Brand

Jeannot Leenen

Jeannot Leenen

Valerie Valet

Valerie Valet

Marie-Odile Laurent

Marie-Odile Laurent

Nathalie Vin

Nathalie Vin

Nicky Tudor

Nicky Tudor

These exhibitions are well worth visiting and continue until November 9th 2014.

And not far from the Lycée Fulbert is the Maison Picassiette, a house built and decorated in plates, oddments and glass inside and out from 1938 – 1964 by a man called Raymond Isidore!

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Isidore's bed

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It was lovely to meet some mosaic artists at the exhibitions and finally being able to put faces to works I have admired from afar.

I was also able to meet a friend made through facebook, a lovely lady who lives in Chartres with her children. She made us a delicious cake which we ate on the walk back to our apartment!

Thanks Feily!

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Me and Feily and her two boys

 

The Year 2012!

Thank you to my customers and supporters this year and all the best for 2013!

Here are some of the mosaics I have created this year:

2012 mosaics by Kate Rattray

2012 mosaics by Kate Rattray

The Day I Blew Up My Hard-Drive!

As I was in such a rush to release the news about my book, “Passage to the Sun“, I forgot to tell you a bit about it. I’ve been working on it on and off for a couple of years. I wanted to show my journey, not just how my work has developed since 2005, but the evolving story within. I had the sketches and scrawls for many of the recent pieces hidden in the recesses of my old sketchbooks, so I knew exactly how the story would end. In fact I started the final mosaic in 2009! I often refer to the book as a “Concept album” as it reminds me of those fantastic progressive rock albums of the 1970’s, when we were transported into an incredible story or an idea that had a beginning and an end. My work is inspired by the energy, colour and strength of nature found especially in the sky, in the flight of birds, in the sun, trees and leaves.  I like using concepts of light and dark, containment and release and metamorphosis to tell my stories.

The book is set out in 13 chapters which are also the series names of the mosaics. There are also stills from my animations, drawings, and snippets of prose to accompany the mosaics. Each mosaic tells a story, together they tell a bigger story.

But then came a day when I was putting the final pictures in the book. They were stored on my external hard-drive I used as my main (and only storage). I plugged in the wrong lead and “pttt! ssss!” – green flashing light telling me something was wrong, and – “oh, I can’t get any data!”  (How many times do I hear those words “back up, back up and back up again”!)  Yes but this is me, totally trusting as usual!

So partner, Ian, takes out the disc and tries it on his computer “pttt, ssss” again! After lots of searching on the internet and asking various computer geek friends and family, Ian (my Hero) found a company in Canada called PCB Solution who was able to deal with it. You have to send them the circuit board from the disc and they clone the software onto a new board and send it back all for £30!  A nice man called Kevin emails to tell you it has been received and they will update you on progress (the transfer isn’t always possible), then emails again to say the transfer was completed (Superman) and it is in the post winging it’s way back. It was worth it I can tell you, not just to get the book finished but to recover all the other data too!

So, back to the book. You can view some pages and order it here. If you want it for Christmas as a gift to your self or for someone else make sure you order by 12th December!

Come and fly with me on a Passage to the Sun.

Passage to the Sun

Hooray!
My book is ready.
Full of lovely pictures of my mosaics, and drawings never seen!
It would make a good Christmas present!

Read about it and order from Blurb here!

Mosaic Art
By Kate Rattray