Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tammy Lee - Mosaic Art Imperfect Perfection

"My mosaics originates from a love of color, reflection, and texture. Every single piece is a distinctive creative expression. Each tesserae (mosaic piece) is hand cut and shaped by me and each piece of art can contain literally hundreds of small pieces placed closely together to create a larger image. I work with all kinds of materials but have a special fondness for glass. Many times my materials have been ordered from all around the world."

Tammy Lee

Imagine being able to create mosaic art as graceful and detailed as this!

Bay Area native, Tammy Lee (shown above with family), makes mosaic art that is informed by the constructs of everyday life. She generously enjoys sharing her experience with others and finds that doing so expands her own spirit and creativity.

“There is a certain imperfect perfection about mosaics that I love. Most mosaics look so random. However, thought has gone into the placement of every single piece to get the right effect. Each tiny piece of a mosaic is touched several times. It is cut, shaped, polished and placed. Every piece is deliberately placed to create the whole mosaic experience!”

To illustrate the process and painstaking detail that Tammy so carefully instills into her work, she created a step-by-step instructional pictorial to show how this beautiful mosaic panel was produced. It spans more than five feet in length:

Spiritual Eyes

The piece began with this sketch.

Here we see Tammy’s use of stained glass and glass beads to start the production process.

In the third step, she added three shades of green stained glass shards to give the piece some color.

The intricate stained glass lashes were very time consuming to construct. Tammy filled in the remaining portions of the eyes with mirror.

The bindhi was created from an antique wine glass bottom.

Tammy laid down the background in a traditional opus vermiculatum pattern to emphasize the facial shape.

This shows the detail in the stained glass lay pattern

The final step involved grouting the panel in 3 colors : Sandstone for the skin, pewter for the eyes and north sea green for the iris.

Please visit Tammy’s Gallery for photographs of the wide variety of work she creates. Tammy makes everything from murals to interior decorative art to garden mosaics, and it is all captivating and beautiful! Tammy teaches classes at Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland.



Orphan Works Act of 2008

Click HERE if you cannot see the video above.

On April 24, Senators Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced legislation (S.2913, HR 5889), which is now being referred to as the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008. It is virtually the same bill that was presented in 2006, and subsequently rejected by Congress. But now, they are trying again.

If passed, the Act would radically alter copyright laws, taking away the automatic copyright now guaranteed to artists of all types who create any type of work. Right now, under U.S. law, artists are automatically guaranteed copyright on everything they create, from the sketches in their sketchpad to their best paintings and sculptures. Under the Orphan Works Act, every creator will be required to register everything he or she creates in a private registry system, requiring a fee of course, and supposedly to make it easier for the "public" to search for works and contact the creators if they want to use the works for some purpose.

Everything created in the last 30 years will need to be registered through this as-yet nonexistent system, including those works already registered via additional fees with the copyright office. If they aren't, and some member of the public makes "due diligence" to find the creator of a work and can't find him or her, that member of the public is entitled to use the work without any limitations, and artists will have no legal recourse. That means every piece of work artists have out there, especially online, would be open season for use by major publishing houses and businesses (Microsoft — who owns one of the largest online image databases — and Google have already voiced support for the bill and indicated they will use thousands of images) and everyone in between. Proponents of the bill say it will assist the public in identifying and contacting creators of works and going through the proper channels to contact them to ask for permission. While we understand the need for an organized system of search, there are MAJOR FLAWS in the proposed bill that need to be addressed before any such proposal should take place. Here are a few points:

Under this law, artists would need to register EVERY piece of work they create, including those works that you have already registered with the Copyright Office officially, in some system that does not exist and would likely require them to pay to do so. The time and cost to do this is going to be prohibitive for visual artists.

While this is meant to apply to all types of creative works, including music and literary, visual artists will be impacted the most because of the sheer volume of work they create, making it very expensive to register everything they have ever created or will create.

For the visual arts, there would still be little protection for them and their work, even if it is registered, because search tools would rely on names of artists or titles of work, and not image recognition tools, which are still in their infancy of development.

Under this law, if artists register their work, they would have to respond to EVERY inquiry sent to them for use of the work. So in other words, if an artist has a work out there in a registry system, and some person contacts the artist and says he or she wants to use the artist's work for free on his or her Web site or in his or her new catalog, the artist would need to take the time to officially respond to every inquiry within a specified time limit, letting him or her know if the artist doe not want to have him or her publish the artist's work for free. This will take a lot of time and effort that professional artists do not have.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the bill, and yesterday, May 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee did as well. This means the bill will be presented to Congress, likely before the end of May.

We need you to write to your representatives ASAP and let them know that you do NOT want this bill to be expedited, as it is now. Tell them we need a better solution, or tell them you don't want it at all: Just be sure to tell them something soon.

Click the links below to get more information on the bill, including a video that gives you a great overview of the artists' concerns:

Click below for several options of pre-written and editable letters that you can fill out, and that will automatically identify and send it to your representatives when you enter your address. http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/home/

1 comment:

tbroback said...

Beautiful work Tammy. It is clear to see your affinity for glass! And a darn nice person, too!

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