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  1. Hobbies & Improving Mental Health

    Hobbies & Improving Mental Health

    Everyone needs a bit of ‘me’ time, a chance to escape doing a hobby they enjoy. Now, perhaps more than ever, issues surrounding mental health have been at the forefront of the media. Due to the heightened stress and anxiety that the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has brought upon the nation, this important topic is now getting the publicity it deserves and there are things we can do to combat the stress and strains of everyday life. Harvard Health information even suggests that long-term health benefits of participating in hobbies can include an overall lower blood pressure and lower levels of long-term stress.

    Other studies show that participating in hobbies are a great way to feel positive and healthy and achieve a sense of well-being. This is certainly one way people are rallying during these trying times. Creative hobbies, such as mosaic art, stimulate the brain to release endorphins. Endorphins are the chemicals produced by the body to relieve stress and pai

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  2. The Mosaic Art of Pompeii

    The Mosaic Art of Pompeii

    Mosaics were used at least as far back as 400 BC, as is evidenced by the existing tiles that adorned the great palace floors of Pella in Greece, the birthplace of Alexander the Great. Fast forward a few centuries later, in AD 79, Pompeii and several other Roman communes were tragically covered in a thick layer of ash when Mount Vesuvius, now nicknamed the 'Sleeping Giant' by locals, infamously erupted. One upside to the disaster from a historical standpoint was that the ash preserved large areas in the vicinity and many of the mosaic works of art that were recovered can still be seen to this very day. The mosaics are displayed on-site, in Pompeii itself, and at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

    Mosaics from this era give a real insight into Roman life and the depictions are as intricate and impressive as they are varied. Perhaps one of the quirkiest examples is this commemorative pot of fish sauce, which ancient Romans called 'garum', displayed

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  3. Writing an Artist's Statement

    Writing an Artist's Statement
    We know that many artists balk at the idea of writing an artist statement. How often have you heard, “my artwork speaks for itself.” Sound familiar? If you are one who resists we hope you will read on because crafting a statement doesn’t really have to be a painful experience. In fact it can be helpful to both the maker of art and to the viewer as well. Read more
  4. Backsplash!

    Backsplash!

    The mosaic backsplash is a design idea that easily lends itself to Kitchen renovation projects. As well thoughtful mosaic images, patterns and designs can add a splash of colour and a visual focal point to any bathroom space. An original mosaic backsplash may be exactly the thing your kitchen or bathroom remodelling project needs. If committing yourself to a particular design is slowing you down on tackling a backsplash project read on …

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  5. The Roman Pool: Hearst Castle

    The Roman Pool: Hearst Castle
    William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) best known for building America’s largest newspaper empire was also a collector, patron and enthusiastic appreciator of the arts. A tract of land was handed down to him from his father and mother in San Simeon, California. For years the Hearst family used this property as a retreat and planned “camping” trips to the remote property; though camping for the Hearsts might not be what most of most think of when heading out to the back-country. They had a fairly comfy set-up that consisted of elaborate sleeping quarters and a separate dining tent. Read more
  6. Terry Nicholls: For Love of the People, the Land and the Mosaic Art Form

    Terry Nicholls: For Love of the People, the Land and the Mosaic Art Form
    Canadian mosaic artist, Terry Nicholls creates mosaic images that reflect the spirit of the people where he lives and the stark beauty of the land that surrounds. We can see the power of the ocean and the way it carves into and gives shape to the land through his work. Nicholls’ mosaicked images of the island of Newfoundland, capture the islander’s way of life, their stoic nature and details of daily life on “The Rock”. Read more
  7. Last Minute Christmas Projects

    Photo captured from How to Make a Christmas Tree Mosaic Brick by EcoHeidi Borchers Last Minute Christmas Projects Time is running short; we are in the countdown to Christmas and closing in on the big day! If you are are looking for a few Christmas-type projects that can be completed quickly we’ve found some easy to execute ideas that might interest you. Today we are featurin... Read more
  8. Good Reads and References

    Good Reads and References This week we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite art books for you. Some focus on the mosaic art-form while others deal with more general information for artists in all genres. A few of these books showcase the works of individual artists. What’s on your bookshelf? We’re interested in what Hobby Island Mosaic clients are currently reading t... Read more
  9. Ed Chapman: Fragmented Reality

    Ed Chapman: Fragmented Reality Picasso (stone tile) ... Photo courtesy of Ed Chapman Lemmy with his portrait ... Photo courtesy of Ed Chapman In his artwork, through focused intent and the careful placement of selected mosaic materials, Ed Chapman creates a fragmented reality that draws the viewer in and invites inspection. “I try to make mosaics,... Read more
  10. Mosaic Portraiture: Past & Present

    Screen capture of portrait by mosaic artist, Ruth Minola Scheibler from the video, UTA ( published on Apr 16, 2012) Mosaic Portraiture: Past & Present Much historical information is gleaned from clues contained in artwork. The time honoured tradition of mosaic portraiture provides us with many tidbits of information about the times in which they were created. These two portraits from ... Read more
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