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MASA is proud to present the third in our series of BEST ON SHOW artists from our Mosaic Association South Africa annual Mosaic Exhibitions.
Elise van Staden : BEST ON SHOW 2010
Lily by Elise van Staden : BEST ON SHOW 2010
We asked Elise to share her experiences of her mosaic journey with us and she kindly gave the following replies:
What started you on your mosaic journey or drew you to the mosaic art form?
In 2002 my husband and I bought a house that had a rather wild, overgrown garden with stepping stones scattered all over the place. I didn’t like the fake log pattern on the stepping stones and thought a bit of colour could do no harm, so my daughter and I ventured over to Ferreira’s end-of-range tile yard and we bought anything that dared to be not beige or bland. And boy, were those tiles tough. We scored them, placed a long nail under the score and then stepped on the tile to break it.
That is how we started. The gogga bit and I have never stopped. I carried on using the tiles available at general tile merchants, after a while discovered the Douglas Jones series of unglazed porcelain tiles, and only when they stopped manufacturing the full colour range in porcelains did I turn to actual craft shops for tiles. Now I am totally converted. Mosaic Arts is the happy place in my mind where I go when I get stressed. I hope there is a Mosaic Arts branch in the afterlife.
In 1999, a friend dragged me to a mosaic class when our other friend who was supposed to go with her took ill. I did not want to go. But, good friend that I was, I gave in and went. The class was like no other I have ever experienced. Our teacher gave us each a 30x30 board and 10x10 mirror. There were a few tins of river-glass tiles and some nippers. Not the wheeled type I might add. Those were not available yet. She cut a few tiles and gave us three 500ml bottles of wood glue that we had to share amongst 12 of us. The she proceeded to sit herself down in a corner where she continued to ignore us for the rest of the class while she carried on with a mosaic she was busy with. Well, not to be deterred, we pushed ahead and managed to get a few tiles onto the board. The class was three hours long and cost R450. What a rip off, but it was enough to get me to love mosaic. I finished my mosaic that day and grouted it a week later with the dreaded white grout. I was still wet behind the…Continue
Five years ago today, five people got together and decided it was time to form a group for enthusiastic mosaicists and do something towards promoting mosaic as a whole lot more than a craft. To those people who started us off: Owen Calverley (Publisher Craftwise Magazine), Marina Ehlers (Mosaic Arts), Jacqui Charles (Mosaic Works), Karin Wainwright (Mosaic Workshop) and Cher Manning, Thank You!Since then, MASA has experienced changes in profile, organisation and administration, but remains true to its original mission: to promote, develop and encourage mosaic. Our membership has had its ups and downs and our greatest challenge remains how to…Continue
Hi everyone I’ve been “commissioned” to make a couple of pieces before, and each time has been quite nerve- wracking for me. In my case I was asked to pretty much do whatever I felt would come out beautiful, so in each of these commissioned pieces there were no definite “do’s and dont’s. I ended up almost not enjoying the process so much because I was constantly worried about whether the person is going to be happy with what I produced (thankfully they were). For those of you who make commissioned pieces, whether on a regular basis or occasionaly, I’m just curious, what is your experience when you go through the entire process? Do you find it just as enjoyable as you would any other piece, or does nerves come into play? Or does nerves perhaps settle as ones confidence and experience as a mosaicist grow? Regards Linda Continue
Hi eveyone I just came back from KZN where I bought a Leponitt cutter for R130, which is at a lower price than what they normally sell for (attached is a picture of the one that I purchased). Any mosaic materials and tools offered at special prices are always welcome, but I can’t help but wonder why the price was lower? Is there something like knockoff cutters? I’ve only heard wonderful things about the Leponitt cutter, one website even stated that it is the “Rolls Royce” of cutters, so could it be that I’m just wrongly assuming that they will inevitably sell at higher prices? Regards LindaContinue
Hi, Could anyone direct me to where I could find information on the size of the Mosaic Market in South Africa, e.g. Market size: ZAR p.a., number of formal organizations and members, training institutions, retailers, expected growth rate, etc? Thanks so much.Continue
Recently at Hobby-X people asked questions about the tools we use to create our mosaics. Many were quite baffled that we could cut round tiles and that I did not have a magical tool beyond my trusty Leponnit (the 5th one in 7 years). This got me to thinking of all the odds and ends I have gathered over the years to make my mosaic life a little easier and had a look at my mosaic tools:Overlocker threading tweezer - the best ever because of the very thin slightly bent front endsChinese food wood chopstick - for removing grout around inserts and millifioriMetal strip from old computer port (flat at one end) - for removing grout residue from the sides of wood baseSpatula used for cake making - for applying and removing groutTupperware bowl that slots into saucer - for mixing small amounts of groutSmall metal tool (trowel shape at one end, flat rectangular at the other) - for just about anything that needs scraping, plastering, etcStained glass grinder - for big jobsCarborundum File - for…Continue
Mosaic Association South Africa is proud to launch the third national community service project – this time in support of RHINO ACTION GROUP Effort. The project aims to provide mosaics of a rhino in…
Bring your latest work with - always nice to see what you working on and have access to lots of opinions and assistance. Please RSVP to this event if you are attending (even if you have indicated so…
Organized by Charnelle Skipp (MASA Moderator) Cell 082 837 6792 | Type: get-together
Project 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 - with particular a…
Dominique will provide tea, coffee and cookies. Please bring a plate of savoury snacks for lunch. Please also bring along your current mosaic project. There will be space for you to work and Domin…
Organized by Jewels Watson (MASA Moderator) 083 324 8131 | Type: get-together
Annual Mosaic Exhibition of the Members of MASA to be held at Mosaic Arts in Pretoria, Gauteng. Registration forms together with Terms and Conditions may be downloaded from the following link: MME…
Organized by MASA hosted by Mosaic Arts | Type: exhibition
I said that I will enter the upcoming competition. To my surprise I heard Monday that I have to plan a wedding that will take place 25 May 2013. Well I will try my best to do my mosaic piece in time. At this stage I am 90% finished with the one I am busy with. Just the wedding planning and preparations is taking up lots of my time. I work full time and do my mosaic in the evenings and on weekends. Now that is occupied with wedding preparation. This week was hectic so far. Hopefully next week I will be able to get back in routine. Which is walking 2 km after work. Prepare supper and only after 9pm starting with my work. My design for the competition piece is already done. I have 80% of the material. It is a matter of get time to start. I will try my best. Then I still have some commission sewing to finish. The commission mosaic assignments will have to wait till after my competition piece is finished because I do not get paid for it. I do it out of goodwill.
Good morning all my friends of the Mosaic Art. I must take this opportunity to give PRAISE. I am busy with a large abstract mosaic and to my horror, having finish 7/8 of the piece discover that I have run out of a particular tile. the search in on and I am near to tears. I get given a name of a representative and make contact. This lady has spent two weeks sourcing my tile and she delivered the tile to me today. THANK YOU THANK YOU to JACKIE TANCREL whom is a representative for mosaic supplying many businesses. Just going the extra mile makes life worthwhile. Kind regards to all. Kathy
I have just bought the latest Craftwise mag and I am totally blown away by Cher's beautiful satellite mosaic.
The colours are so vibrant which is right up my alley and the detailed description and photos is great as well.
Thank you Cher for always being there with advice and congratulations on your article.