appeal of mosaic has rocketed in recent years. This ancient art
is now enjoying a comeback, and mosaic artists are once more finding
themselves working in close conjunction with architects and interior
made from earth, water, fire, and to stretch a point - some air
too; no building material is more elemental than the ceramic tile,
which is used in this art form. The earliest versions were simply
hand-formed slabs of clay left to bake under the sun.
tiles used for both walls and floor are generally small, typically
1 or 2 inches square. Most art mosaic is very labour-intensive,
so they tend to be expensive. This week, we take a look at how we
can use this imaginative art form to lend a dramatic look to our
homes - especially in outdoor spaces.
people love to spend their leisure time in the garden, swimming
pool, club house, or restaurant.
Mosaic murals, depicting anything from rolling landscape to futuristic
scenery, can breathe new life into a boring atmosphere. We can use
them on the fireplace, entry door, bathroom, or even the kitchen,
and patios and swimming pools are tried and true mosaic canvases.
look at a few applications of this decorative art form.
mirror: A simple but effectively decorated mirror suggesting Arabic
and eastern influences.
life: The underwater world is full of vivid colours and dynamic
shapes, so to try and capture the effect of fish and other sea creatures
swimming through the water presents a great
challenge for the mosaic artist. The marine theme is perfect for
The vibrantly coloured feathers and plumage of many birds provide
endless inspiration to the mosaic artist. 'Birds at a drinking fountain'
was a favourite theme amongst the Romans as well as the Byzantine
mosaic artists often used marble and ceramic for landscapes, with
which they decorated the walls and floors of their great villas,
between the 6th to the 14th century. The surviving pebble mosaic
at the Granada show beautiful free-flowing floral designs seen alongside
the geometric patterns.
ceramic shards add up to form a bold, geometric backdrop for this
swimming pool. They are weather-tight too.
you can begin to fine-tune your decorating plans. As you will see,
artistic mosaic is an effective medium for evoking both style and
mood. More specifically, it draws attention to itself by creating
charismatic drama, and serves as a supporting backdrop for other
decorative elements in the space.
Photos: Journeyman Archive