The #MosaicSketch series
Last spring, I bought 30 wood 6” x 6” panels from Woodcrafter.com and a couple hundred dollars worth of colored art glass off Etsy (quite a pretty penny was spent). This was a first for me, buying art glass, because previously all my mosaics had been created from broken bottles, old tiles, and Ikea/thrift store mirrors.
The goal was to finish the set of 30 by the end of the summer and document my progress on Instagram. Originally, I kept this project relatively secret. Could I actually keep this long-term art project going? I had failed many self-motivated projects in the past. My Vlog series. My keto diet. You get the point.
Working a full time job meant waking up at 6am to squeeze in a couple of hours of mosaic-making before heading to the office. And don’t get the idea that I chose the morning because I was a morning person. Far from it! I knew that it was a time that was hardly ever disturbed. In a way, it is a “sacred” period of the day.
And let me tell you… those first days were rough… I would snooze and snooze and snooze until I had just 30 minutes left to do work. Then I’d roll over on my side and cut some glass, awhile still lying in bed.
Eventually though, oddly enough, it got easier. I started listening to “Serial” and even snapping a few pictures for Instagram before getting ready for work.
I began to understand the medium more intimately than ever before. My Instagram account started to grow and I found an online mosaic community.
Fall was approaching and I was barely half way through the 30 wood panels. At this point, I was itching to make something bigger. Working big was how I got my start and I needed to go back.
So, I journeyed to a lumberyard around Takoma Park. I’m sure the workers had a good laugh as I informed them that I didn’t actually have a car and was going to try and make the trip back to my place via Metro. I made it about 1 block before that plan got re-evaluated.
In late October, I finished the “Current” piece. An approximately 4x2.5 ft. piece inspired by my previous #mosaicsketches and the actual wood grain pattern on the wood panel.
This set off a whole new series of larger mosaics inspired by wood grain patterns. All the while, I continued with my small #mosaicsketches. This time, waking up early to work was exciting. The “Current” piece was what made me realize that this art practice of mine was essential to my being. I had tapped into some underlying universal energy that was all of me and infinitely more than me.
My apologies if that got too spiritual for some of y’all. Back to the story!
After Christmas, 4 months late of my original goal, I posted my final #mosaicsketch to Instagram.
I am beyond happy that the remaining 6x6 in. pieces now have a home and for that home to be a D.C. staple, the Potter’s House. This project and its “conclusion” is a major milestone in my development as an artist. Thinking back and seeing how far my mosaics have come is truly overwhelming.
I welcome you to stop by the Potter’s House, if not to see my work, to hang out in the shop and enjoy their yummy coffee!
Tag me if you go! @danyxart