Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sewing With Stone...

A few years back, I had a conversation with Laurel True's mother about a mosaic "throw rug" that she wanted installed in her home. At the time, she mentioned that it would be great if someone could make one that she could move around, but that she was afraid she was going to have to have it set in permanently in her entry hall. I'd seen these rugs on Ebay, but had never seen one in person and wasn't aware that they were created in a flexible form that allowed them to be rolled up and carted around.

More recently, I received an email from a woman in Israel, Ronit, with whom I correspond from time to time, asking how to make one of these rugs. I referred her to a few sources of information, and today, she sent me this article about them.

If any of you are aware of the type of resin that is used in this process, please let me know and I'll insert it into this entry:

(Above - Tiziana and Corinna preparing a carpet-mosaic)

MOSAIC CARPET: a floor covering suppported by flexible resin and fiberglass mesh.

Mosaic carpeting is a new concept in mosaic art. The flexible structure of the carpet allows for rolling up, thereby facilitating transport. However, the most extraordinary aspect is that the piece becomes an object of design which has its own unique character, and like a carpet can be placed in any part of the house and later moved.

When placed on an uneven surface, the carpet takes the shape of the underlying surface without being damaged in any way. The mosaic carpet, like a normal carpet, does not require any particular fixing or application, and therefore there is no damage to the floor nor need for any special means of fixing it in place, unless one wants to place it permanently in a particular location. This art work is suited to either indoors or out, and is not affected by external weather nor temperature conditions.

Opposed to normal carpets, this art work is made of mosaics and is therefore, created from marble, stone or "glass paste" (unsure of translation here, folks.) The carpets can be manufactured in different shapes depending on where they are to be placed, and they can picture any modern or antique subject. The art piece is protected by solvents and is guaranteed against any loss of mosaics. The protective covering also acts as a defense against stains, while the glues used to position the mosaics insure that the pieces are firmly imbedded in the underlying structure. The mosaic may be washed with normal cleaning products, and using cloths, brushes or vacuum cleaners. For best results, excessive blows or rubbing should be avoided, as should be direct strong heat in contact with the support.

1 comment:

Annie Thomas-Burke said...

my goodness what an interesting
piece! I am extremely interested in knowing the unknown elements. I'll check back and see if anyone has
named the resin. I have heard of
this before, maybe in an addicts message? But I didn't realize there was a top coat and wondered about their sturdiness. Now I am more intrigued.

Thanks for the heads up Stacy!!

Stacy Alexander