|Vermont Autumn, stained glass mosaic, 36" x 36" (37.5"x37.5" framed), 2013 |
available for purchase: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/
|Here I am holding up the mosaic (still unframed) as a size comparison =)|
Here is a shot of my my studio. You can see one of the color sketches I've created prior to starting. Besides working out my composition in the sketch, I've also used it as a basis for creating my color palette.
In this photo you can see the progress on the first layer of the forest in the foreground. Even though I've had a color sketch for reference - it was just that - a reference. The whole process was very spontaneous. It took me a long time to look at what I've created thus far and to decide what my next move was, to figure what kind of tree and what color was needed to create a balanced composition.
Here you can see me shaping a conifer tree with my very good friend the flat tip nippers =) Each tree was carefully cut, shaped by hand and fitted into its appropriate space as the forest grew upward and into the distance. Each new tree inspired the next.
While creating this landscape I've also creating an unbelievable amount of trash aka glass shards. Here is a snap shot of maybe 1/100 of the shards that flew all across my studio as I snipped away at each tree. I would often look down at the floor and think to myself 'Those little shards down there are pretty fun to look at ... so many different shapes and textures in the chaotic composition' =)
After completing cutting out all of the glass, arranging it into my composition and taping it all together, I cut the whole thing into smaller section for a more manageable gluing process. Here you can see me holding up of my mosaic puzzle pieces up to the mountains in my front yard which can be seen from my studio window. Here you can also see all of the little spaces I left between the trees, those spaces will be filled with a black grout-line which will create a nice contrast throughout the whole mosaic.
This is a glimpse into my gluing process. I glue the mosaic onto a custom built, lightweight, structurally supported and sealed plywood substrate. The mosaic is glued with Weldbond and left to dry for a few days before I peal of the tape from the surface.
I grouted the mosaic in a sanded, charcoal black which is my choice for most of my compositions. It creates a wonderful contrast in the colorful glass which has a more dramatic effect. Looking back at the creation of each of my pieces, this is always my favorite part. It ties the whole composition together and reveals all of the carefully considered and planned negative spaces between each piece of glass. The grout takes a couple days to set and is then sealed. At that point the mosaic is almost complete ... it is yet to be custom framed by Kyle and me. Pictures coming soon!
Kyle framing the mosaic in red oak stained in english chestnut and finished in satin.
Framed and seen in a different light.
Detail of the frame.
Detail of the trees shimmering in the light.