Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mosaic of the Med: Article on Cyprus by James Fryer

At the Mosaics of (Pafos) Paphos, faded, tiled floors became storybooks exposing the passionate tales which inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, reveal the origin of bay leaves and issue warnings about what happened to the world’s first wine drinkers. But reinforcing how the 1974 invasion has impacted upon the island, we also heard how bombings had caused more damage to the mosaics than had been done since their creation in the third century BC.

Read the full article on Cyprus HERE

Friday, October 28, 2011

Greek National Day 28th October

Greek flag with lapis lazuli and white marble

28th October 1940
A day to honour and remember

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Hidden and the Revealed, The Book

I have received interesting news via email the other day. 

The written world of mosaic is now richer due a new book release by famous mosaicist Lilian Broca.

The book begins with Vancouver artist Broca’s own lively description of her emigration from war-torn Romania to Israel and ultimately to Canada. She goes on to reveal what led her to tell the story of Esther in the medium of mosaics, describing as well the meticulous process involved in using ancient artistic techniques with a contemporary sensibility. The book is rounded out with the full text of Esther in handsomely calligraphed Hebrew alongside an English translation.

As Broca writes, “I trust that this series, the final segment that completes a circle in my life’s artistic creation, would please the old Byzantine masters. And in doing so, I also hope my mosaics have brought new light to the fascinating, multifaceted story of Esther.”

The Hidden and the Revealed:
The Queen Esther Mosaics of Lilian Broca

Lilian Broca, Sheila Campbell, Yosef Wosk
Published by Gefen Publishing House Ltd., Israel and New York
November 1, 2011
ISBN: 9789652295606
$35, hardcover
Available in bookstores and from Amazon

Read Lilian's Mosaicology interview HERE (διαθέσιμη και στα ελληνικά).

Friday, October 14, 2011

Meeting Eric aka Bored Neoclassical Guy

Sorry about the dark photo. I was undercover. I had to meet Eric in order to pass on a message about something amazing that was going to happen in the world of mosaic art. My cover was blown when my daughter started waving the bottle in front of the camera.

Eric aka Bored Neoclassical Guy is into mosaics and precious stones and blogs about all sorts of things with a humorous edge and wit. Eric has also received a customised Follower Award from me time ago and once made a sweater inspired by one of my posts. Check it out here.

We met on a very humid and terribly hot day. We spoke about many things, shared views on mosaic art and blogging and history etc. I feel privileged to know Eric. And I also feel privileged to see he truly appreciates my work and way of thinking.

Last but not least, there is a possibility of doing some mosaic work together.

Read what Eric has to say about the meeting here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore

This is the Borromeo Palace and Gardens on Isola Bella in Lago Maggiore in the Piedmont region in Italy.

Who can resist to such beauty and elegance?

In 1632, Count Vitaliano Borromeo began the construction of the monumental Baroque palace and the majestic and scenic gardens, which have made the island famous and which to this day bear witness to the splendours of an era.

What is fascinating about this place is an unparalleled "dream setting". I have been to Stresa myself, an elegant and unbelievably picturesque town on the lakeside from which you get absolutely breathtaking views of Isola Bella. You would want to go back.

The Borromeo isles are, besides Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescattori, Isola Madre, Isolino di San Giovanni and Scoglio della Malghera.

Here's some information:

Of the many wondrous sights to see on Isola Bella, one of the most wondrous of all is the shell grotto in the Palazzo Borromeo. The stately palace dominates one side of the island, while its elaborate, ten-tiered baroque-style gardens fill the opposite side. Connecting the two areas is the shell grotto.
Descend a staircase from the main level of the palace into the grotto. The series of six rooms were first conceived in 1685, by Vitaliano the Sixth, with the aid of the architect Filippo Cagnulo. It took 100 years to complete them. In the cavern-like coolness, now as then, the rooms provide a refuge from the summer heat. Every inch of space, including ceilings, floors, and archways, is covered in a mosaic of black and white shells and pebbles. A marble lady is sleeping. Shh…don’t disturb her. She plans to stay dreaming for a long time to come. Down here in the grotto, it’s easy to think you are in a dream. (from Italian notebook)

And if you love the idea of decorating with shells, I recommend you read Theresa's of Art's the Answer blog post called The Shell Game.

image before last from assesempione
text in italics from italian notebook
last image arts the answer