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A short while ago we had a discussion about making donations to the MASA network because there are times when money is required and at the moment it is coming from private pockets and there are some costs that definitely can make things work a bit better. So, a whole lot of members professed their willingness to donate R50 (and more) per year to the running, and so far only 8 people have actually contributed ( one of these did not list their name so remains anonymous).Anyhow, the purpose of this discussion is calling it to action. So, if you enjoy or use this site, even if you don't post, make the donation and post your name at the bottom. Starting with me, I will now donate my R75!Get on board guys, this is not eToll It is something we want, use and enjoy. Continue
As a lot of our members are probably aware, we strive to have our mosaics noticed by a whole lot more than just our family, friends and acquaintances. This entails writing to various Art Galleries and Associations and introducing our work and activities.Some Galleries, Companies and related Organisations often hold competitions which we peruse most intently to see if there is a gap for us to include mosaics and in spite of our best efforts, we have had a whole lot of rejections for various reasons.We are not sure if it is as a result of our two Facebook Pages (Mosaic Association South Africa (MASA) and Mosaic Sales by MASA that have somehow made a difference. Being able to refer prospective supporters to these pages which feature the recent MASA Exhibition entries as well as the mosaics our members are offering for sale certainly represents the best of our members' work and perhaps there is a glimmer of hope that somewhere down the line we might just be taken a bit more seriously.An email response we received this week is the subject of this discussion:"Thank you for your email.The selection panel is of the opinion that the mosaics are perhaps more suitable for ( ) gallery in Waterkloof.At this stage the content of the works are more decorative. If you were to come up with a concept where you all collaborate and produce similar scale, unframed works, it could be more appropriate for this venue.Please stay in touch.Pieter W van HeerdenDirector "Now this is either a very polite rejection or there is an invitation in there for us to pull together and "collaborate and produce similar scale, unframed works"! Could this be another version of our Mosaic with Heart Project we did last year or is it something else? What do you think?What we do know is that this particular Gallery…Continue
At the MASA Moderators Meeting held on 15th October 2013, a few items on the Agenda were intensely debated and at the end it was decided to put the discussion out to you, our members, to see if perhaps you could offer a different perspective.Simply put, it revolves around generating income for the operation of the network and a few extras, (like cellphone and traveling) when MASA is doing promotions or exhibitions and needs to source prizes etc. Yes, everyone VOLUNTEERS their time, energy and effort however, as you are well aware, nothing in life is actually free and someone needs to foot the bill.We sell advertising space on the network which generates some income but this then boils down to leaning on our sponsors and the idea of increasing the advertising fees was raised, but we feel that putting this additional pressure on our sponsors was not fair. There is a little block on the right hand side of all pages just before the Activity Feed "CLICK HERE TO DONATE TOWARDS MASA NETWORK COSTS and it has NEVER been utilized. The Honors List on the left side of the front page refers to people who have donated money towards a specific project or activity and we are forever grateful to those who have contributed.But, nobody enjoys begging and it becomes tedious and demoralizing, for both the beggar and the contributor so that idea is not going to produce much either.In order to keep the MASA Network in its current format we are going to need to raise funds. The alternative is to create a normal website which has nowhere near the level of interactivity that this Ning network provides and generating content will be the responsibility of only one person - at an absolute minimal cost.You would not be members, you would not be able to upload your own photographs, there would be no groups or comments to be made. Yes, there would be discussions which you could contribute to, and that is basically it. Is that what you would prefer?So here is the suggestion:We ask each current…Continue
This is a topic that has interested me for a long time and I would like to know anyone's thoughts on the subject. My concern is that in South Africa, mosaics are not seen as an art form yet. It is seen as a craft instead - yes ... that old debate. But besides the normal costing of your materials, where do you go from there? Obviously you have to factor in your time,degree of difficulty etc. This is aimed more at the beginner and intermediate mosaicist as I know that commissions are charged per square meter by reputable and established artists. Having seen some of the prices on the descriptions of the pieces on exhibition at the MASA exhibition currently lead me to this debate. How do you come to a value depending on size, materials used, time taken, whether it is framed or not, your own level of expertise. It will also be interesting to see how many of the pieces for sale are actually going to be sold (few if the past four years are to be used as an example) and should one not be trying just to cover ones material costs and perhaps a small bit for time especially if someone is only a novice or intermediate. Your mosaic is only as valuable as what a buyer is prepared to pay for it. Regards TraceyContinue
My studio would have been a lonely place had it not been for radio and cd's. I go from soft and gentle to trance and heavy rock. Just depends on how I feel that day. Went to Tygervalley with my son today and we got the new Foofighters, Muse, One Republic and some other stuff that I cannot even name because I cannot for the life of me remember. What happened to the days of the Beetles and Jagger? The music nowadays is just so strange. I like rock and work to it when I can, but we don't have a proper rock station in SA so I use my Iphone to compile a few lists and then put my headphones on. If I work in the house I watch (actually listen) to the tv. Mostly chick flicks or the odd thriller. But I cannot work in silence. Sometimes when I look at some of my mosaics, I can remember what I was listening to or 'watching" when I did a particular piece. Does this happen to you? This is such a nice forum and we are all such a bunch of passionate people. Artists should I say, and not a more talkative bunch will you get anywhere else in the world that in SA. We are open and friendly. But we don't all like sakkie sakkie! So what beats to you work to? Take one minute to respond. Lets get involved people and share. Continue
Finally! I have decided to enter and what I am going to send to the exhibition this year. It was a difficult decision as I did not have a large body of work to choose from this last year. I was just lucky there was a time extension, and that my daughter is able to take my things back after visiting this weekend.. So now that mine is done, what are you sending? Have you filled in your entry! Tick Tock! Time is running out! Don't delay because I am sure that there will not be another extension.Continue
Competition Brief: MASA encourages use of new techniques of applying mosaics as well as experimenting with different materials, so this competition challenges you to try something new - depicting one…
In February my grandaughter was turning 4 and I wanted a Barbie wardrobe for all the clothes and accessories I had made her. I literally walked my feet off until somebody told me to go to the Mosaic Studio at Rust-en -Vrede. So I popped in one morning and was fortunate enough to find the studio open. There I met Heidi, who was so helpful and although did not have what I was looking for was prepared to have one made for me at super speed! I was fascinated by the work the class was doing…Continue
So I am honoured to get a commission to create a mosaic as a tribute to a principal that is leaving. I have not managed to do a mosaic of my own for a while, this sounded like pure heaven. The challenge is that I am involving each and every child from grade 000 to grade 7, 371 children in total. I have invited the teachers to participate should they get bored during the day. Am I mad you ask? Probably! I must admit, it has been smooth sailing so far, still…Continue
We (Pam and Jacqueline) have found it necessary to restructure the submission process for the book. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience. The good news is that the deadline for submissions has been…
I can't take credit for writing this, and I don't know who did actually write it, but I had to share it because it's so true it made me laugh! Maybe you can relate too!
You know you are a mosaic artist when you find bits of broken tile in your clothes at night…
You know you are a mosaic artist when, on an evening out, you realise that you still have cement under your finger nails…
You know you are a mosaic artist when you buy a plate with the only p…
April 2012 I found myself alone at home after selling my small business. It was probably one of the best and worst things that had happened to me.
Worst because for the first time in 20 years I had no regular income and was dependant on my husband the little money I had made from selling my business.
The best because my dearest husband had put up a large Wendy House studio for me and I sat there for 6 to 8 hours every day cutting and shaping tiles in all…Continue