Head out to Phoenixville for a good cause tonight. My red mosaic mandala rocking chair will be up for bid. All proceeds go to the Phoenixville Area Children’s Learning Center. There will be appetizers, wine, beer, desserts & coffee, and the excitement of a live auction. Tickets are $25 at the door.
Part of the joy of making mosaics are all the cool tesserae available, like the recycled glass Organiks tiles. They are similar to a tile I started using from Spain, Vidrepur, which is also recycled glass. I was attracted to the tiles before I ever knew they were recycled from broken car windshields and bottles. They are extremely smooth, with rounded edges and corners. Some have color applied to the surface, like the ones at either end of the photo. Others have the color integrated into the glass mixture, all the way through. Unlike some types of vitreous glass tile, which can have an almost grainy texture with tiny pits in the surface, these tiles are “high definition” with the kind of sheen on marbles or other highly polished glass.
I used Vidrepur tiles in this rocking chair for the Phoenixville Chair-ity Auction. The center tiles are metallic gold, and the two outer rings are shades of red and orange.
I found this video from Vidrepur that shows their recycling process if you want a peek at how they go about transforming glass recyclables into gorgeous tile. Check out the groovy jazz flute soundtrack!
A friend, who had an unfortunate flooding of her basement studio, asked me if I would consider mosaicking the chair she was going to do for the Dan Bilodeau Memorial Chair-ity Auction, since reconstructing the basement has wreaked havoc with her art-making. I decided I was up for the challenge of a three dimensional child’s rocking chair by August 14th, and after much gluing, the grouting is underway.
First, I placed it on my low drawing table, and bolstered the runners with bubble wrap so I didn’t have to mosaic a chair in motion. The indented portion of the seat was just right for a mandala shape.
Then, I hoisted it onto my drafting table and tipped it on it’s back, the runners digging into the table like ice skates, which made for a fairly stable surface. It’s been fun to figure out how to work on different parts of the chair, and have so many possibilities. I am resisting covering the whole thing.
This annual event takes place in Phoenixville, PA, and the chairs are on display in store windows until the auction on October 17th, 7-9 pm, Franklin Hall@Franklin Commons 400 Franklin Ave, Phoenixville. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and the proceeds will benefit the Phoenixville Area Children’s Learning Center.
Note: Here’s how the grouting turned out!