Mosaics in Trieste, Italy

Mosaics: the three approaches There are three ways to deal with being dragged around Italy to every conceivable mosaic site because your mother is completely nuts about little bits of stone stuck together in patterns that all look exactly the same.

Mosaic floors of St. Mark’s, Venice

Looking at the floors of St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice. I sometimes come across fierce debates on the internet about whether mosaic making is an art or a craft. Think of Andy Goldsworthy’s works in stone versus Maggy Howarth‘s pebble mosaics. But does it really matter? Drifting around St. Mark’s in Venice recently, captivated …

My top ten favourite mosaics

My favourite mosaics Feeling a bit gloomy and introspective after some major dental work and so I cheered myself up by spending an evening collecting my favourite mosaics in one place. These are in no particular order. 1. The mosaic floor of the Basilica of Aquileia, Italy, 4th century, AD. This strange …

Visiting Bologna

Or: Mosaic spotting in Bologna – even when there aren’t any. Meet the mosaic spotting team (from left to right): Resigned, Keen, Reluctant. We (The Team and I) were on our way from Athens to Kirkmichael (a wee bitty of a place in Perthshire, Scotland) by car and on Day One …