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. 

Tick tock, tick tock

Week 8 - Where Does the Time Go?

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot. Michael Althsuler

I'm trying to make sure no one can accuse me of selecting shallow topics for our weekly workouts  (some could stand a year or more of deeper investigation and exploration) This week is no exception as we're taking"time" into consideration.  I'm giving you a couple options to consider  - as ever, do what works for you. 

Option 1 : Time as topic

This is your basic prompt - take "time" and make a mosaic about it.  What is your relationship to time? How do you express that in an art form that takes a lot of time?

Option 2:  Time trials

My boyfriend and I have watched almost every stage of the the Tour de France together this year.  There has been some big drama and amazing power and endurance, and it's all coming to a close this weekend, after time trials.  So in honor of the great race, I propose we do some time trials of our own (aka speed mosaics.)  Here's how it works:

  1. Gather some materials, if possible, pull small pieces or scraps from weeks past to minimize cutting needs, don't worry too much about colors but having some variety will likely be helpful. 
  2. Prep several substrates (again small is good for this)

For each substrate/hour you have to commit to this week: 

  1. Set a timer for 1 hour
  2. Start sticking
  3. Stop when the timer rings.

We aren't looking to make fine art pieces here, we're pushing ourselves to see what we're capable of,  what we default to when time is ticking away. which aspects of mosaic we enjoy the most, which aspects give us the most anxiety. I am granting myself, and all of you, permission to make ugly things this week.  We're learning, we're practicing.

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough. -Mario Andretti