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MOSAICA
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Lawrence dear, when are you going to post some photos of your lovely Roman mosaic recreations?<br>
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Perhaps you could give us a description of how the Romans made them as well?<br>
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Jenny <p></p><i></i>
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Jenny
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Laurence is still at the Archeon - but Ive got some pics from there of his mosaics - shall i post them? <p><br>
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Oh is he? Sure, that would be great.<br>
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Wow, these mosaics are niiice! <p></p><i></i>
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You know, they look just as lovely as the real ones I've seen. I hope I can learn to do that while I'm at the mosaic school in Ravenna in a couple weeks! I'm very excited about going. I just made my hotel reservations yesterday.<br>
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Am not too thrilled about driving down from Germany. I was wondering if I ought to just take a train, what do you all think?<br>
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Ravenna! Luca told me that is where the best mosaic schools are. I'm envious! <p></p><i></i>
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That's awsome Jenny!<br>
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As for your question about driving versus train....grrr....tough one. You can get quicker to your destination if driving, but I don't know how the tolls (if any) are in Europe, since I don't do much travelling. But I assume the trains would be cheaper and it'll probably just a tad of a longer ride. *shrugs* I hope this helps.<br>
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Ravenna.....isn't that were the famous mosaic of Emperor Justinian with his retinue is located at?<br>
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#9
I'm back from Archeon now,thanks for posting up the photos Latinus,and yes Ravenna does have the mosaics of Justinian.Theres not much early Roman except for a few pieces of sculpture etc. in the museum,but the Byzantine modaics more than make up for it.<br>
The mosaic school in Ravenna specialises in training to make piece for piece copies of ancient mosaics ,the other main schools in Italy are the Vatican for micromosaics(17th-18th Century) and I think it's Spilimbergo for contempary stuff.<br>
The mosaics I do at the shows are all done using the direct method,I remain unconvinced about the argument for the Romans using paper or cloth for the reverse method.The piece you see me working on on the bench is an emblemata or inset.These have been found in sevaral locations,the piece being set on a tray of marble or terracotta,then placed on the floor and the rest of the mosaic set around it directly onto the floor.The advantage in this being that you can prefabricate pieces to take to the site and avoid spending too long on you knees.Winter projects for the workshops perhaps?<br>
At home I use the double reverse method taught at the school in Ravenna.It's a bit long winded but if anyones intrested I'll post it up later.<br>
It's not practicle to take large floor sections to the shows so I have a few demo pieces such as the half finished geometric piece to show guidelines,the emblemata,and some scaled down figure pieces.10mm tesserae cubes are the norm,but the problem with this is you end up with a lot of machine cut edges visible,look closesly at the porpose with the grey centre band.Even getting the marble as rods(ie 30cmx1cm depth x3cm width) does not get away from this.If you cut the pieces further using a hammer and hardie down to 3-5mm the effect is much better,as in the cupid on a sea monster mosaic in the photos.<br>
I have a few projects for next year but I may need to end up getting a van!Enjoy the course Jenny I,ll be interested to hear what you think of it. Lawrence <p></p><i></i>
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