IMA's Weekly Mosaic Workout Challenge

Institute of Mosaic Art's Weekly Mosaic Workout Challenge. We are challenging ourselves, and whoever wants to join us, to make a mosaic every week from June 6th to November 6th, 2014. 

Beginning of the end? or End of the beginning?

Week 19 - Endings

After today, only one more post of mosaics from the Challenge.  This project has been more (and different) work than I anticipated so I do look forward to taking a break from it.  That said, I will absolutely miss this part, where I get to look at and post what everyone submitted.  In the beginning, when I was still trying to keep up, I wouldn't look at anyone else's submissions until I'd done my workout for the week so as not to be influenced, now I still save them up so that I can sit down and give them due attention. 

Our two stalwarts, Julie Sperling and Sherry Wallis were the only contributors this week (if I missed someone else's, drop me an email!) 

Thank you, Julie and Sherry, for taking the time each week and sharing your work with all of us. I am excited to see what you'll send for your "you" piece next week!

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Artist: Julie Sperling

Title: "Foiled again"

Size: 6″ x 4.25″

Materials: Smalti, tile, glass rod

How long did it take to complete? About 3.5 hours

Thoughts: I swear I had every intention of filling in the background, I really did! I even started doing it and then looked at the clock: Sunday afternoon, deadline looming... Realizing it was going to take me far too long, I ripped it out and started again with just the maze lines. Ahh negative space, how I have come to love and rely on you! When I started thinking about this prompt, I had a bunch of different ideas, but in the end I decided to just have fun with it and do something I normally wouldn't do. So, not being big on rigid structure and right angles, I settled on the maze idea---lots of endings, opportunities for detours, etc. And yes, I realize I have absolutely no future as a maze designer---it's so easy even a blind T-Rex could solve it in 3 seconds flat.


Artist:  Sherry E. Wallis

Title:  Is this the end of the road?

Time: 6 hrs

Materials:  Stained glass, polymer clay

Thoughts:  When I started, I got out some tiles to use, and then I mixed up some polymer clay, intending to make concrete-colored tiles for the road, and it just took over.  This isn't what I intended, but it's what I envisioned, so I guess it's finished.  BTW, those are NOT vultures, they are golden eagles.   I started to put a cow skull on the side of the road, but decided that would just be too grim...maybe it will appear later.