What is it?
A 20 week “challenge” where we will make one small mosaic a week, inspired by Margo Anton’s Mosaic-a-day project in 2009. We'll share our experiences and photos of our work - we hope you will too.
At the end we’ll choose our favorites and show them at IMA (more details to come.) The weekly prompts will be related to materials, techniques, design elements and more. Some will be specific and some will be open to interpretation.
Who's doing it?
Me (Sophia C.), my mother (Ilse C.), and you
Anyone can participate. For the newbie (and those of us who feel like perennial newbies), this will be a chance to push your mosaic skills to the next level. For the seasoned mosaicist, this could a chance to exercise some different muscles and maybe happen upon something that takes you in a new direction.
Where is it happening?
Participate from wherever you are by signing up and submitting your results.
If you are in the SF Bay Area, join us the last Wednesday evening of the month for our Wednesday Night Workout. Lab will be free for those who are participating and working on the week’s prompt. We will post photos of our projects and your submissions in our WMW Gallery.
When is it happening?
June 6th - November 7th, 2014.
Jump in at any time along the way. Weekly prompt posted here on Fridays, submissions due by following Saturday.
Why are you doing this? Why should I do this? (the short version)
Join us to build your mosaic muscles, find some fresh perspective, approach mosaic from a new direction, practice your technique, make more mosaics. Join us to connect with the community of fellow mosaic enthusiasts and artists. There will also be a few surprises along the way for those who sign up to join us, and extra special surprises for those who stick with it through the whole challenge. Don’t worry, we won’t publicly shame anyone for missing a week or even having to drop out – life gets busy – we know!
How do I join in?
Sign up by giving us your name and email address here.
You will only be added to the Weekly Mosaic Workout Challenge - we will not share or sell your email address to anyone else or use it for any other communications.
We are still ironing out the technical details. To stay up to date, keep an eye on:
Why? (the long version)
If you want to get good at making mosaics, you have to do it, a lot. I have hundreds of ideas for mosaics I want to make but often find I don’t have the skill to realize many of them (talent is a an entirely separate question!) Classes are great for learning new techniques but the real learning comes when you take the time to apply those techniques, over and over again.
Since purchasing IMA one year ago, my mother and I have made frightful few mosaics and always want to be making more (there’s a lot of other stuff to do around the school and store – we’ve been busy scaling the “new small business owners” learning curve.) At the SAMA conference this year, Margo Anton gave a talk about her Mosaic A Day project and what she learned (about design, materials, practice...) We were inspired. Though we knew we couldn’t swing the 3 hours a day that Margo had committed to, we could fit in 3 hours a week to make a 6”x6” (or smaller) mosaic. The idea of conceiving and completing a mosaic from nothing, every week, makes me a little anxious - even if it's small so we're coming up with prompts for each week to take some pressure off of the entirely blank substrate and world of materials and techniques to choose from.
I do not expect to have mastered any aspect of mosaic at the end of these 5 months but I hope to gain confidence in what I do know and narrow in on where I want to focus my learning next... and hopefully make a few mosaics I like.
General Challenge Guidelines:
Substrates: 6”x6” or smaller
Time commitment: 3 hours or less per week.
Materials: Anything and everything. Some prompts will be about materials but we'll offer options to keep this low cost.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
― Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
Practice isn't the thing you do when you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.
― Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success