For the last couple of months I have been working on a commission in the other hours between making new pieces of jewellery, Christmas craft markets, packaging sales online and celebrating.
I was asked to make a mosaic for an outdoor wall based on my customer’s family and wife’s families coat of arms. He sent me photos of the arms by the Herald of old Graubuenden, Marco Foppoli. His arms being on the left and his wife’s on the right.
My customer also sent me a picture of a Christmas card designed for them by Marco that was inspired by old sgraffito decorations of the Rhaetia mountains.
Copyright: Marco Foppoli 2015
I was allowed to have a certain amount of artistic licence without changing the images so much that they were no longer their family coat of arms. So my proposed design was very close to the Christmas card but simplified. I chose to make a winter and summer alpine willow tree and to let the leaves from the summer tree blow across the hare’s feet as well as merge the backgrounds of both families to symbolise their union.
I made it in sections on mesh and indirect and worked the backgrounds and border direct.
The finished mosaic
Coat of Arms Mosaic for outdoor wall approx 1metre x 85cm made with stained glass, iridescent stained glass, glass tile and vintage tiles from Marble Mosaic Company once based in Weston-Super-Mare!
Today the weather is wild! The wind and rain is whipping around my house in a continuous surge of chaotic energy. Nothing at all like my mosaic here depicting winter on a beautiful evening in the snow. I remember an evening like this a few years ago, a bit later on in the winter, January or February, which is normally the time we get snow, if we get snow.
Last year I made a video and an image for an “Exquisite Corpse” style collaboration project called 6 x 6 Escape coordinated by curator Lauren Fancher. It was hoped that 60 participants would take part.
The final media performance (put together by Lauren) took place in Athens, Georgia, US on April 6th 2011. I think about 40 participants took part.
It interested me because of a fascination in Surrealism that I have had for many years, one that led me to research and write a final dissertation for an art degree in 1989.
The “Exquisite Corpse” was named by the Surrealists to describe a collaborative assemblage of pictures and words. Inspired by the Victorian parlour game of “consequences” (originally played using words or phrases written on paper which was folded over to keep them secret, then passed onto the next player to build up a spontaneous story, and later using pictures where the players draw parts of the body, folding the paper each time to pass to the next player so that eventually a strange figure is made), the Surrealists would play variations of the game, which inspired collaboration, chance and spontaneity within their art.
This is the image (photo-montage) I contributed to the 6 x 6 Escape project. My assignment for this was called “Tears Falling”
My assignment for the video was called “a cold rain in the winter garden“. It had to be 6 minutes or less and take no more than an hour to make. I recycled some footage from my animation “Rain” and used some photos of icicles and the garden.
Come back soon for some exciting news about my animations.