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. 

The Weekly Mosaic Workout Challenge - Complete

Week 20 - Artist's Choice


In the belly of fall, under the shadow of the looming holidays, we come to the end of our Challenge.  20 weeks of mosaic workouts, some completed by 25+ people, others completed only by 2 or 3.  20 weeks worth of mosaics to look at and learn from. Some things worked, some didn't so much.

Whether by doing the workouts or just by watching the submissions each week, I hope that at the very least, you are more aware of what you know and are making different and better mistakes now than you were when we started.

Though the numbers of submissions have dwindled, I choose to believe that all of you are still out there, making mosaics and just haven't had time to make these mosaics. The Challenge will be here on the IMA site for you to refer back to when you hit a wall and need a prompt to get you going again. 

As mentioned previously, I'm still figuring out what's next for the WMW and am open to suggestions (and late or updated submissions from previous weeks - note: posting may be sporadic for a little while) so please email me your thoughts at: 

Huge thanks, again,  to everyone who participated in this project, even if only for a week.  Extra special thanks to Sherry Wallis and Julie Sperling for showing up so consistently and sharing their work these past 20 weeks. And now on to their final submissions...

Julie Sperling - Wayfinding

Julie Sperling - Wayfinding

Artist: Julie Sperling

Title: "Wayfinding" 

Size: 6″ x 6″

Materials: Nothing but rocks!

How long did it take to complete? About 7 hours, I think... I lost count

Thoughts: This, in theory, should've been the easiest prompt: just do what you do. Instead, it was the hardest (but I guess the things that are closest to your heart usually are). The one phrase in the challenge prompt that really resonated with me was the one about making something that reminds you of why you fell for mosaic in the first place. And the reason I fell in love with mosaic (at least the way I do it now) was the rocks. I love knowing where my materials come from and having a very direct hand in their sourcing and processing. I also love how rocks are imbued with history and meaning; they have stories, whether they are unspoken geologic stories or tales of modern-day adventure. Who hasn't picked up a stone while on vacation as a memento? People connect with stones, and I love that. To honour that connection, I made this mosaic entirely out of stones---all from Canada---that had been given to me by various rock fairies (and people very dear to my heart), who chose these stones specifically for me to use in my art. In terms of composition and process, I get no greater pleasure than when I let the tesserae and the lines take me on a journey, so with this piece I just followed their lead and went wherever they decided to take me. Overall, this feels like a fitting end to this 20-week challenge.

Sherry E. Wallis - Olivia Tangled

Sherry E. Wallis - Olivia Tangled

Artist:  Sherry E. Wallis

Title:  Olivia Tangled

Time: 10 hrs

Materials:  Vitreous glass tile, glitter tile, copper wire, polymer clay on 10 x 10" artist board.  

Thoughts:  Wow, looking back, the twenty weeks have gone by quickly.  In this, I've returned to my own favorite style, Zentangle-Inspired work, polymer clay, and, of course, my Akitas.  It took me longer to do this because I wanted to make almost all the tiles, and I had a few miscalculations.  Nice thing is, I'll use them somewhere else.  Overall, I'm pleased with this piece.  

Thank you. Mosaic on!