Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Crealde Crew

Here are some of the fabulous Crealde helpers at work!
Daryl examines the cut clay tiles for the faces of the figures.

David stains the kids house tiles with iron oxide. These will be clear glazed, and used around the borders.

Virginia cuts mirror. Her othe key job right now is transferring the design to the Wedi board.

Willy breaks tile. Usually Marie and David are helping!

Cut out letters

The kids at the afterschool program cut out letters for the path to spell out the story we are telling. They also colored in a copy of the design so we could figure out the colors we should use.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Starting to Tile!

We had a good session today at Killarney. Tomorrow I go to Dommerich Elementary where my kids are in school- I'm doing a teach-in for the entire Kindergarten (about 108 kids) in three sessions. I'm going to have them cut out tiles with cookie cutters - flowers, leaves, etc. for the background. Tomorrow my team of helpers is meeting at Crealde at 10 -- I'll be there earlier rolling slabs, but won't' return from Dommerich until 12. Kimbrough - I'll bring my camera!

Then I think we are going to move our set up to my garage so we can spread out a little and leave things out for a bit (and so I can get my visiting family involved!).

Why this turned blue when I uploaded, I don't know!

I talked to Mary Ann of the WP Historical Society and she sent me a couple of pictures of Gus Henderson and a page of the advocate. He doesn't look unlike the fellow we have in his place -- if we just add a moustache I think we are set. I see they had several kinds of hats they wore -- can we adapt the hats to fit these? The guy on the right already seems to have a top hat -- let's go with that for him, let Gus have the straw hat, and maybe give the middle guy a bowler?

Ginny gave me all the word tiles, which look good, but are quite big. I hope they will fit.

Sheesh - I just remembered I have to go to the Community Center tomorrow, too...


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Mosaics We Like

Two Pictures of a Chicago Public Art Group Mosaic using Isaiah Zagar-inspired direct method. We would like the same colorful, free style. I'm wondering how they make the grout-space outlines?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Lynn at Killarney

Here I am a couple of weeks ago at Killarney Elementary. The kids are working on designs for the mosaic.

Today, Carlo from Crealde is heading to Tampa to get the infamous Wedi board, a kind of light weight cement board that the artists on the mosaic Yahoo groups recommend. Because there is a concern that the Community Center may one day be renovated, we wanted to make the mosaic on removable panels. This addded a level of complications, but also has some benefits: we can bring the panels to the schools rather than always bringing the artists and students to the site. Wedi board has a foam core, which makes it much lighter than traditional backer board. Since I have to carry these panels to the far reacher of the Killarney campus, I thought it would be woirth the effort and expense (3 times more expensive) to get the Wedi Board. I hope it turns out to be good stuff.

Today I am heading to Crealde, then later to the community center.