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Mosaic Models

You can’t build mosaics ? Draw mosaic models !

MosaicBlues moves to France

After 30 years in Alabama, I decided to move back to France. there are many reasons for this move, but my granddaughter Rose is the most important !

Rose !

And then of course there are also the wine, food, Museums, Roman villae…

All packed !

I packed tools and tiles last September. They are nicely stacked in many boxes inside a shipping container, waiting for my house to sell to be shipped back home.
By the way, If you’d know anyone interested in a very nice house with a spacious mosaic studio and a Japanese house in its backyard…
Without tools or supplies it is not easy to build mosaics. I have been starved of it for a while; I will be for a while, and I really miss it !
Crying ladybug
And so I dream of my next pieces : I have been drawing mosaic models. I am building a sort of library of geometric patterns, and of figuratives used by Roman and Greek  mosaicists and painters.
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Villa Romana del Casale, 4th century, Sicily
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Mosaic catalogs

I am convinced that some of our ancestor mosaicists used some sort of catalogs,  books or scrolls of drawing and sketches, and I am thinking of recreating something like this, digitally for now, and possibly on paper later.  Nobody has ever found any of these hypothetical catalogs, but I have documented several instances where similar designs were used in very different times and places.
I also believe mosaicists shared these books with painters, and possibly that in some cases the painter and mosaicist in charge of decorating a new villa were the same person.
I have been working on repetitive geometric patterns for about 18 month now, and have used these to create scarves or other type of garments.
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Chedworth, 2nd century, Britain
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A scarf I designed based on this pattern
Some archaeologists worked on this already, on a strictly documentary way. My goal is to create documents that can actually be used to design AND make mosaics, or other things, fabrics, clothing, etc…
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2nd century floor of a Praetorian commander home in Rome
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The Aldoborough She wolf is probably the goofiest Roman mosaic ever. I smile every time I see her !
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I can imagine the master mosaicist telling his helper :
“Hey Caius, I need to go to the Pub talk to the architect, can you complete the wolf for me ? “
“Sure master , no problem, you know you can trust me!”
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A Mosaic Bestiary

And a few animals from mosaics depicting Orpheus taming them with his music.

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A Duck from Spello

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A lion from Perugia

 

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Tricolor fawn from Spello

So you have an idea of what is in the tube for MosaicBlues !
And soon I’ll tell you of my new passion for Greek vases…
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