Hi there – looking for Artist Jo Braun’s website? You’re in the right place, though she’s moved on somewhere else – click on the link below to go to her current official website. Alternatively, you could also check out other mosaic artists and resources before you go, right here on this page, if you’d like.
Established in 2009 by Dr. Claire Barnett, Seattle Mosaic Arts is a studio committed to the growth and development of mosaic art in the Pacific Northwest. They offer workshops from international artists, classes, lectures, art shows, group events, commissions, and community-accessible space and time in the studio for anyone who wants to work on their own projects.
Rivenworks Mosaics is Seattle-based visual artist Kelley Knickerbocker’s mosaic studio, focused primarily on architectural and fine art mosaics. Browse through galleries of her work, learn more about classes, and find out about commissions on her website.
Zetamari Mosaic Artworks is artist Angie Heinrich’s mosaic studio. Having studied with masters of the art form in Spain, Italy, and the United States, she has been creating art for both private collections and public spaces for nearly two decades. Check out her work in the gallery section, see what classes she offers, find out where her work is being exhibited, and see which stores carry her artwork.
Owned and managed by artist Joe Moorman, Mosaic Art Supply has been providing supplies to mosaic artists for over a decade now – many of them repeat customers. Check out the supply shop, learn more about mosaic as an art form, check out art galleries, and see what tools and utilities Mosaic Art Supply has available for mosaic artists.
Mosaic artist Nancy Cubbage’s ArtHouse Mosaic Studio exhibits her work, provides event information, helps new artists get started with her particular style of mosaic art, and offers mosaic art party supplies for those looking to host one.
The Seattle Globalist’s Monica Thomas talks to artist Yegizaw “Yeggy” Michael on how his Harmony mosaic at Kebero Court came to be and what it means for the community.
Atlas Obscura’s Lauren Young takes a look at Cube Works, a unique group of artists who invoke childhood nostalgia and use old toys to create their retro artwork.
In an article for The Province, Rebecca Keillor talks to artists about how art can impact your living spaces at home.
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The art of mosaic has a long, storied history. The earliest examples of mosaics have been found as originating from Mesopotamia, as early as the 3rd Millennium (3000-2000) B.C.E., which is about the earlier part of the Bronze Age. It spread throughout ancient Greece and Rome and flourished with the Byzantine Empire from the 6th-15th Centuries, though it began to fall out of fashion during the Renaissance (this is, of course, a bit of a condensed version of its history).
Today, the art form has once again shown signs of picking up steam as artists – both professionals and enthusiasts alike – have been revisiting mosaics, giving the modern world some rather unique and interesting perspectives on the centuries-old medium. Let’s look at just three of these:
Bilingual Canal Street station ID
Many New York City Subway Stations make use of ceramic plaques and tile mosaics, some of it decorative, a lot of it functional, such as station signage. Much of the initial work involved was started by artists George C. Heins and Christopher Grant LaFarge in 1901 and continued by architect Squire J. Vickers up until 1942. Today, installations continue to be added to stations, serving both functional elements and adding to the aesthetic character of New York City’s subways.
Rossio Square’s pavement in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal
Calçada Portuguesa – that is, Portuguese Pavement – is a traditional style of pavement that uses small, flat pieces of stone put together to form a pattern or picture, as in a mosaic, mostly on sidewalks, squares, and atriums. As the name implies, this was most popular in Portugal, and can be seen around the world in former colonies, such as Brazil and Macau, though you can find these elsewhere as well. It’s an art form that is slowly losing favor, as calceteiros – the workers and craftsmen who create these functional works of art – are usually paid rather low wages, and thus attract little in the way of apprentices to continue the craft. Additionally, these traditional surfaces tend to be rather slippery when wet, and tend to have bits and pieces come loose over time, generally not lasting as long as more conventional pavement.
Invader’s Pacman Mosaics near the Guggenheim Museum
Invader is a French urban artist most popularly known for his real-world installations of video game characters all over the world. Much of his work makes use of square ceramic tiles put together to replicate the 8-bit pixelated characters found in the earlier ages of video gaming, put in various locations all over the world such as New York, Hong Kong, his hometown in France, and even on the Hollywood sign. He is also being referred to as possibly being the originator of the art form termed Rubikcubism, where art work is created exclusively using Rubik’s Cubes. His work has been featured in museums all over the world, he has been featured in fellow artist Banksy’s film Exit Through the Gift Shop, and his art – when sold in galleries – often fetch six-figure sums.
There we have it: from making morning walks more colorful to adding character to the early age of modern transportation, mosaics today continue to live on as an art form, with a few new and interesting twists.
Image Credits: "Parque da nações bandeiras" by ww1.prweb.com, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0; "Canal Street BMT" by Gryffindor, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0; "Calçada da Praça do Rossio" by Roede, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0; "Pacman Guggenheim" by Roberto "kurtxio" Latxaga, licensed under CC BY 2.0