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This is the sixth consecutive year that MASA has gathered the best work from their members into an exhibition that showcases the growing talent of the mosaic artists in South Africa.
Hosted by Mosaic Works in Cape Town, the Official Opening was attended by Kitty Douglas Jones (Headline Sponsors), artists, family, friends and mosaic enthusiasts. As always, the MASA Mosaic Exhibition would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors:
We thank the Judge Panel headed by Rikus Keyser for their stirling work in selecting the following mosaics for awards:
BEST ON SHOW:
No. 6 BLEEDING EARTH by Daleen Edgar (Advanced)
Prize: Douglas Jones Certificate of Excellence with R3500 cash
ROBIN DOUGLAS JONES INSPIRED AWARD:
No. 18 : FLOWERS IN A POT by Wilma Pitt (Intermediate)
Prize: Douglas Jones Collection Certificate with R3000 cash
To some of you this discussion will not be a surprise - In a nutshell, the past few MASA activities have highlighted the following (419 Members):Online Competition 10: Tribute to Portchie - 16 EntriesOnline Competition 11: Elements in Motion - 7 EntriesMASA Mosaic with Heart - 175 EntriesMASA in Support of RAGE - 37 EntriesMASA Bouquet for the Elderly - 41 EntriesMME 2013 - 18 Artists / 41 Entries including Top 12 Rhino'sMME 2014 - 7 Artists / 22 Entries on extended deadline for registration. Cher then begged, cajoled and bullied more participants to total 16 Artists / 35 entriesMASA at Hobby-X The Dome - Excellent reviews, high standard of mosaics (also consisted of MWH and RAGE mosaics)MASA at Hobby-X Cape Town - Excellent reviews, high standard of mosaics (also consisted of few MWH and RAGE mosaics)Drawing your own conclusions from the above information, something is not working and before we throw the baby out with the bathwater (closing MASA), please consider the following:PROPOSAL:Build an open website for the domain : www.mosaicassociation.co.za (using Wordpress) This domain is currently diverted to the MASA Network (http://mosaicassociationsa.ning.com) and costs approximately R250 per month.This domain has been in use since 2009 and appears on the first page of Google searches for "mosaic, South Africa" - so we will not lose the benefitMonthly cost (Wordpress website hosting and existing emails) R49.00 per month (including VAT)On the front page of the website will be a link to the OLD MASA NETWORK (Ning network) - which can continue to run until the end of November to allow people to remove their photo's etcThe website will be open to the public, potential mosaic buyers, suppliers etcMembers will be listed geographically on the MEMBERS PAGE with a link to their PAGE dedicated to their work which would feature a short mosaic biography (experience, awards,…Continue
Please i know you don't get enough entries and i agree that isn't good. but maybe competitions should be advertised a bit further in advance giving people more time to do there projects.Please please do not close this site down .... its the most amazing site on the planet ... and if i could i would be on here the whole day.......... this site inspires and motivates please don't even consider that.Regarding a future project. i would like to suggest we do different butterflies and then put them at the Donald Gordon hospital in Jan smuts ave Johannesburg in the children cancer ward on the walls to brighten and give them some hope.If we put them on the walls down the passages and even in the wards just to brighten the place and give the kids some hope even though its incredible sad very few of them make it ... and i speak for niece who thank God is resting in peace and is no longer sufferingThat would be so cool to do something like that .........Please lets all work together as artists and make this site work - its the most inspiring site on the planet. and we need you! Don't close please, don't even think of that.Continue
Annual Mosaic Exhibition of the Members of MASA to be held at Mosaic Works in Cape Town Registration forms together with Terms and Conditions may be downloaded from the following link: MME Registrati…
Organized by MASA hosted by Mosaic Works | Type: exhibition
An exhibition of mosaic art and craft proudly hosted by Mosaic Arts. Mosaic arts invites you to exhibit at their MOSAIC INSPIRATIONS EXHIBITION 2014. Entries of all levels are welcome for sale or dis…
Organized by Mosaic Arts | Type: exhibition
Competition Brief: MASA encourages use of new techniques of applying mosaics as well as experimenting with different materials, this competition challenges you to try something new - Experiment with…
Want to know how I make my wine last? First, here's my story...
After all the excitement of crushing grapes, we watch (and taste!) the babies (juice) ferment into young adults (wine). Once all settled in, we monitor (and taste!) the maturation process to the point that they are ready to leave their vessels, after which, the part which inspires me most comes in: The art of blending.
Blending of wines are done for various reasons. For me, it means the blending of components in order to compliment each other, to the point where the result is bigger than the sum of components put together.
The same process is followed in mosaics. It is why I am drawn to it. To some, mosaics are seen as a mere puzzle. To me, putting various pieces of glass together to form a bigger picture is invaluable. Like wine components, no two pieces are the same, making each mosaic unique.
My decision to do mosaics did not mean that I had to abandon my love for wine. It just…Continue
After 3 years of studiously avoiding grout in my mosaics, I finally took the plunge and made a grouted piece for the Bouquet for the Elderly project (piece entitled "flower1").
I don't know why I didn't do it sooner. It was so easy to grout (thanks to Thomas for his excellent advice and tips in this area)...and it has such a great "mud pies" feeling to it - took me straight back to childhood.
The grout made such a difference to the piece, highlighting the lines of the quasi-geometric pattern and bringing it to life.
Gives me the courage to go and try lots of other stuff that I have been putting of because I am nervous that I won't be able to do it or it's too difficult, etc.
Thanks mosaic for another life lesson.…Continue
In 2013, I saw a very attractive and detailed piece of mosaic on the glassworks island of Murano in Venice (see photo's). Upon enquiring from the shop assistant as to the identity of the artist, I was told that they were not sure who she was, but that she was from Ravenna, "...the heart of mosaic artistry in Italy...". This surprised me, as it was in fact the first time I had taken notice of Ravenna and its place in the history of mosaic, but now that I know, I want to go there! They actually have a school (est. 1968) which teaches the traditional mosaic techniques, like those used by the artisans who created the mosaics for the Basilica San Marco. This sounds like an art retreat of note
Inspired by the launch of this community service project, I thought I would share the following extract from a poem I have kept close to me for a long time.....
And I think of the years and the love that I've known.
I'm now an old woman ...and nature is cruel;
'Tis jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles, grace and vigour depart,
There is now a stone where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells,
And now and again, my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain,
And I'm loving and living life over again.
I think of the years ....all too few, gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people, open and…
I am feeling all inspired by the bouquet for the elderly project that is currently in progress and have decided to set myself 2 personal challenges for this project:
1. First "real thing" mosaic and
2. First use of grout in one of my mosaics.
My usual mosaic work is more on the abstract side because I have a fear of trying to mosaic "real things". Having zero art training or experience (other than the RTFM (read the flippin' manual) kind) I just know that any still life will look like 4 year old fridge art and dogs will look like donkeys. However, I have decided that I need to pull on my big girl panties and give it a go for this project - I am clenching thumbs that they will be recognisable as a flower of some sort
Since I work mostly in smalti and marble, I have never had to grout a project so I have decided to create a piece that requires grout this time around. This gives me 2 new things to try: different materials to…Continue