Great Palace Mosaic Museum, Istanbul

NB: The Great Palace Mosaic Museum will be closed for two years from 2016 for resoration and refurbishment. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nID=91723&NewsCatID=375 Great Palace Mosaic Museum: the facts. For once, I will stick to the facts. Confronted with mosaics of such beauty and intricacy, covering so great an area, made so long ago and …

Making a Mosaic Trivet, Part IV: Grouting mosaics

Making a mosaic trivet, Part IV: Grouting and finishing. Part I of this four-part series was about preparing the board:  http://helenmilesmosaics.org/making-mosaics-2/how-to-make-mosaics/preparing-the-board. Part II covered choosing materials and a design: http://helenmilesmosaics.org/making-mosaics-2/how-to-make-mosaics/mosaic-designs-and-materials/. Part III dealt with cutting, laying and fixing the mosaic: http://helenmilesmosaics.org/making-mosaics-2/how-to-make-mosaics/making-a-mosaic-trivet/ Now it’s time to get down and get dirty. Roll those sleeves …

Mosaic techniques – choosing the right method.

Direct or indirect method mosaics? When you decide to make a mosaic, you first have to decide which mosaic techniques you are going to use – the direct method (for a simple ‘how to’ project using the direct method, follow this link: http://helenmilesmosaics.org/making-mosaics-2/how-to-make-mosaics/making-mosaic-trivet-photos/) or the indirect method. The direct method involves …

Making a floor mosaic – from start to finish.

It’s finished! Forty six hours, umpteen cups of tea and non-stop Radio Four later. Ask me anything about international affairs or Scottish independence or the weather in the home counties, the price of coal, how cancer cells behave, Esther Rantzen’s singing voice, Francois Metterrand’s thoughts on Thatcher, the latest survey about British women’s sex …

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 …