I’ve seen photomosaics before, it’s made of a bunch of tiny little photos, right?
— No. These are not compositions of little photos you may have seen online or on a jigsaw puzzle box. These are compositions of thousands of tiles which form one large photographic mosaic with mortar and grout on backer board.
How are photomosaics made?
— There are several steps:
1. CONCEPT. Begin with what you want to memorialize in tile. It could be a family member, a pet, a favorite location, a landscape, or almost anything you can think of. Then choose a size, the bigger the better! NOTE: This process is not well-suited to company logos or other line art. The focus is on continuous tone images, not graphics.
2. IMAGE. Choose a favorite existing photograph, or have new photography and/or image manipulations done. A virtual “proof” of the planned mosaic will be okayed by the client.
3. PRODUCTION. The tile mural is produced in the studio using processes custom-designed by the artist. Just like thousands of years ago, the tiles are all painstakingly set one-by-one by hand.
4. INSTALLATION. Depending upon the project, a portable mosaic is delivered or a permanent mosaic is installed on-site.
Do you produce other photo-based works?
— Yes. Representational quilts, wallhangings and accessories. Some are works in applique and patchwork, some are photo-imaging permanently wedded to natural fibers in a custom trade-secret personal process built over a six year period. Silk-screened works are also available, and sometimes also contain photographs, though are produced with halftone imagery instead of “contone” (continuous tone) images.
I don’t think I have any pictures I could use for a mosaic or a quilt.
— That’s not a question, but a solvable problem. Show me your photo albums or let’s talk about shooting something new. Everyone has art-worthy moments and pictures, it’s just a matter of curating and editing them together.