Six ways to use mosaics now!

Mosaics…yer wha? Picture the scene. A drinks party perhaps. A casual conversation on the train. A longer than expected wait at the school gate. I have exhausted my repertoire of opening gambits and feel, with a sense of impending dread, the arrival of the inevitable question: ‘So what do you …

Selling mosaics: a summer bazaar in Athens.

Selling mosaics: on the front line Athens in June. Imagine it. Streets clogged with traffic and choked with exhaust fumes; endless blocks of high rise concrete apartments, shabby and peeling; the fierce summer sun bouncing off car bonnets; valiant geraniums in feta-tin pots providing brief glimpses of colour on balconies above shuttered …

Mosaic resolutions: artistic goals

Making mosaic resolutions. I always find that it helps to have a target or two: written down, printed out and taped somewhere conspicuous so that you cant escape it. I’ve been writing annual lists of Mosaic Resolutions for some time now, usually to mark the new school year, and sticking them up on a cork board over …

Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum: the mosaics.  Life and Death   Pompeii Mosaics: Preserve of the rich There is one thing that really bothers me about mosaics: they are the preserve of the rich. There is no way around it. Mosaics take ludicrous amounts of time to make, require skilled …