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. 

What's "original" anyway?

Apologies for the delay in posting, dear Challengers. My mother left town this week and consequently, my schedule is a bit different than usual and I've lost track of the days. It wasn't until I was getting ready for bed last night that I realized it was Friday and I hadn't posted. I even talked to a student yesterday about the Challenge and it didn't dawn on me that I had missed my deadline. 

Week 11 - Making Copies

“Only those with no memory insist on their originality.” 
― Coco Chanel

This week we are (like Nan's piece for the Lemon workout) pulling from Austin Kleon's book, Steal Like an Artist, an inspiring little read.  In the second chapter, "Don't wait until you know who you are to get started" Kleon recommends copying others while you are trying to find your way to your own voice.  There are hundreds of quotes about how nothing is original these days so I figure, there's no point in worrying about trying to be original.  Everything has been done before, but has it been done by you?

“All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

For your Week 11 workout, choose a mosaic by another artist that captures your imagination and try to reproduce a part of it.  We only have a week so keep the area that you copy realistic.  What about the piece you've selected captures your imagination? What makes it "good mosaic" to you? What do you want to learn from it? 

I feel confident that you are all aware but I also feel a duty to note that this exercise is not permission to copy someone else's work and try to pass it off as your own.  Austin Kleon speaks to the fact that there are good and bad types of thievery.  The upshot is that good thievery is about "stealing" bits and pieces of what you love from a variety of artists and rearranging them in a way that only you would, it is creative thievery.  As with many of them, you could do this week's workout over and over again and learn some thing new each time!

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to."

[MovieMaker Magazine #53 - Winter, January 22, 2004 ]” 
― Jim Jarmusch