Category Archives: Mosaic

Piece by Piece

We’re a thousand miles from comfort, we have traveled land and sea
But as long as you are with me, there’s no place I’d rather be…

The Purple Frog thinks that’s one feeling worth living for and the other is what Geeta Cooper feels about her love for Mosaic.

“Unlimited choices in scale, texture, reflection and spacing keep my mind racing at different levels all at once. It is engrossing, time consuming, challenging and intense, but I would not give it up for anything in the world.”

Here’s Geeta Cooper of The Mosaic Hut

Discovered this art in 2002. A self-taught skill mastered with a lot of practice and now with an impressive portfolio of designs and products.

The Purple Frog| The Mosaic Hut

She Tells

For me being an artist is who and what I am, but who I never thought I would become.

The ancient art of Mosaic has been used for thousands of years to decorate places of worship, from Roman temples to Byzantine Cathedrals and Persian mosques. Today mosaics are ubiquitous, and as beautiful and can be seen in parks, museums, hotels and homes.

Mosaics can be described as the art of decorating surfaces with designs made up of small, closely placed pieces of hard material such as tile, stone or glass.

The Purple Frog | The Mosaic Hut

Design Ideas

Inspired from my everyday life experiences; the things I see or do, the people I interact with and the places I visit…

Putting together bits of color and texture, tesserae (pieces of tile mirror, glass or similar materials) to assemble each piece requires adept skill and time. I assemble my work piece by piece, building a world to get lost in or even found in.

Find Her

www.facebook.com/TheMosaicHut

She can create almost any design…

The Purple Frog|The Mosaic Hut

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Mirror

It is not outside. It’s within. Not so clean and clear on the surface. But as more time is spent thinking and staring within, it starts to become clear. Like vaccum cleaner spick and span. The good part is one can only see within self and show or hide the findings based on your audience type. Unfortunate part is that the audience may have dust-loaded mirrors of their own. So they see you and not themselves. That’s when games begin and playfulness gets lost.

And that’s where, The Purple Frog thinks, creating helps.

Let’s create and play a bit with mirrors. The ones on the outside, in front of which you can make faces, act funny, sexy, or even go all voyeuristic. Lol.

Mirrors are a great way of doing up a space. Apart from adding that fourth dimension, playing with the frame makes it a non-expensive way of adding character to any place that has a bit of your heart in it.

Here are a few pics of a lovely resort in Masai Mara that used mirrors with a touch of tribal. I think, it’s exoticaaaaaa

The Purple Frog | Mara Serena Safari Lodge Mirrors

Someday, The Purple Frog will bring beauty from Africa. That continent is fascinating. They are BIG on art and DIY. Their hands are magical.

Can’t resist telling this one awesome thing about them…Their signboards talk in the language of latitudes and longitudes. And I had my moment with my favourite latitude, Equator. And I walked that line too, so many times. Lol.

The Purple Frog| Nanyuki Kenya Equator

Thing this Week

Mirror Mosaic for the first time on a tiny glass bottle

Realisation: Mosaic is a beautiful, simple-sounding, hard-to-pull-off art form. Hats off to those who do it for a living. Not a great job here. But then, experimentation shouldn’t just be a word. The Purple Frog is trying to get an expert to tell us the tricks of mosaic. Keep watching this space!

 

The Purple Frog | Mosaic Mirror Bottle

When this work was happening, Forrest Gump and Active Javed Akhtar were taking turns with their words in the background. Lol. Both are sweethearts with such a clear mirror within…

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