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Elcira Reif Russomano – l’intervista / the interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITA / Intervista

Chi sei / Raccontaci un po’ di te, del tuo paese di origine e del significato che arte e mosaico hanno per te.
Nipote di uno scultore, sono cresciuta esprimendo me stessa col disegno e la pittura, e la Scuola di Belle Arti fu la mia prima scelta come esame d’ammissione all’università. La matematica mi ha impedito di raggiungere questo obiettivo, così sono prima finita alla scuola di musica e alla scuola d’arte, poi sono diventata traduttore inglese-francese, e alla fine funzionario pubblico federale. Il mosaico è entrato nella mia vita nel 2004 e da quella volta non ne è più uscito.

Il Brasile è un paese tropicale, pieno di colori e di vita. Mi piace descriverlo come una macedonia di genti e culture. È’ una nazione calda e accogliente, che ha sì i suoi problemi ma anche i suoi punti di forza.
Arte e mosaico hanno un grande significato per me. Sono il modo per esprimere in maniera creativa me stessa, la mia vita interiore, i miei colori e forme, il mio amore per Dio, Colui che mi ha dato la vita, e per Gesù, che è morto per me. Il mio scopo artistico è di glorificarLi.

Motivazione / Qual è il tuo scopo principale nel venire al nostro simposio? Cosa hai intenzione di realizzare durante il tuo soggiorno?
Il mio proposito è di immergermi nel mondo del mosaico come mai prima d’ora e di imparare molto dall’esperienza di tutti i miei compagni. Io sono una novizia e vorrei crescere come artista, bere dalla fontana della saggezza artistica, entrare in rapporto con le persone e creare nuove amicizie.

I nostri prodotti / Hai mai provato un prodotto da Clauiano Mosaics Store? Cosa puoi dirci a riguardo?
Acquisterò sicuramente alcuni dei prodotti marchiati Clauiano Mosaics, sono sicura di potermi aspettare niente di meno che il meglio.

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ENG / Interview
Yourself / Tell us a bit about yourself, your country of origin and what meaning art and mosaic have for you.
Granddaughter of a sculptor, I grew up expressing myself through drawing and painting, and the School of Fine Arts was my first choice for the entrance exam. Math hindered me from this achievement, and I ended up in Music School and School of Arts – Translator English – French, but finally retired as a Federal Public Official. Mosaic came to my life in 2004 and since then never depart.

Brazil is a tropical country, full of colors and full of life. I like to see it as a fruit salad of peoples and cultures. It is a warm and welcoming nation, which has its struggles as well as its achievements.
Art and mosaic mean a lot to me. They are a creative way to express myself, my inner life, my colors and shapes, my love to God, the One who gave me life and to Jesus, who died for me. My goal with my art is to glorify Them.

Motivation / What is your main purpose in coming to our symposium? What are you planning to achieve during your stay?
My purpose is to immerse in the world of mosaic as never before, and learn a lot from all of my companion’s art. I am a newbie, and wish to develop myself as an artist, to drink from the fountain of artistic wisdom, to get acquainted to people and to make new friends.

Our Products / Have you ever tried a product from the Clauiano Mosaics Store?  What can you tell us about it?
I will surely purchase some of Clauiano products, and can’t expect less than the best from your products.

Ronit Strum – l’intervista / the interview

 

 

 

 

 

ITA / Intervista

 Chi sei / Raccontaci un po’ di te, del tuo paese di origine e del significato che arte e mosaico hanno per te.
Il mio nome è Ronit Strum, sono nata a Gerusalemme, Israele, e ora vivo nella verde città di Raanana. Sapevate che tutto il Paese è cosparso di antichi apparati musivi? Tra il 450 e il 640 d.C., quasi un migliaio di pavimenti in mosaico furono installati in varie chiese ed edifici in Israele, alcuni dei quali sono sopravvissuti fino ad oggi, mentre altri devono ancora essere portati alla luce.

Il Bar Mitzvah dei miei due gemelli è stato celebrato proprio in uno di questi siti, chiamato Zippori, in un’antica sinagoga il cui mosaico pavimentale rappresenta lo Zodiaco, ed è datato a 1500 anni fa.

Prima di conoscere il mosaico, facevo la graphic designer e ho lavorato per molti anni in uffici pubblicitari a Tel Aviv. La mia carriera creativa come mosaicista iniziò approssimativamente quindici anni fa, quando mi trasferii in Romania con la mia famiglia. Ero alla ricerca di nuovi hobby e scoprii il mosaico, ma ancora non immaginavo come questa conoscenza avrebbe cambiato la mia vita.

Presto scoprii quanto mi rendeva felice il mosaico e decisi di compiere una svolta nell’ambito professionale. Ampliai i miei studi artistici, concentrandomi sulla scultura; ho poi frequentato laboratori professionali di mosaico, ma anche da autodidatta ho sperimentato una varietà di tecniche e stili. Sfortunatamente, non ci sono scuole di mosaico in Israele, a differenza dell’Italia e altri Paesi. Dopo un po’ di tempo mi sentii pronta ad aprire io stessa uno studio di mosaico.

Oggi creo opere e insegno a molti studenti, che subito s’innamorano di quell’arte magica che è il mosaico. Uso tecniche sia classiche che moderne per dar vita ad opere di mosaico contemporaneo. Mi sforzo sempre di conoscere e provare tecniche nuove. Di solito inizio il processo creativo scolpendo la base dell’opera partendo da zero. Poi cerco i materiali e provo i diversi metodi per applicarli. Nel mio lavoro amo combinare molti materiali e colori, e mi piace particolarmente creare arte tridimensionale

Motivazione / Qual è il tuo scopo principale nel venire al nostro simposio? Cosa hai intenzione di realizzare durante il tuo soggiorno?
Sono molto contenta di partecipare a questo quarto simposio, che si terrà in Italia sotto la direzione artistica di Giulio Menossi. Sono sicura al cento per cento che sarà un’esperienza unica e affascinante. Sono curiosa ed eccitata di conoscere gli altri nove artisti di talento provenienti da tutto il mondo.

Anche se ognuno di noi lavorerà individualmente al suo pezzo, penso che ci sarà un fecondo scambio professionale e un interessante incontro sociale tra artisti: ognuno apporterà qualcosa di unico al mix. Due intere settimane di lavoro in Italia sono un sogno che diventa realtà.

 I nostri prodotti / Hai mai provato un prodotto da Clauiano Mosaics Store? Cosa puoi dirci a riguardo?
Questa sarà la prima occasione in cui potrò toccare con mano i prodotti di Clauiano Mosaic Store. Non vedo l’ora di saperne di più su questi oggetti unici, in particolare sugli smalti, che sono molto difficili da reperire in Israele.

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ENG / Interview

Yourself / Tell us a bit about yourself, your country of origin and what meaning art and mosaic have for you.
My name is Ronit Strum, I was born In Jerusalem, Israel, and now I live in the green city of Raanana. Did you know that throughout Israel there are ancient mosaic sites? Between 450 and 640 CE, nearly a thousand mosaic floors were installed in various churches and buildings in Israel – some of which survived, some of which are still being discovered and preserved to this day.

The Bar Mitzvah event of my twin boys was held in one of these sites called Zippori, in an ancient synagogue that has a mosaic floor portraying the Zodiacs, dating back to 1500 years ago.

Before I got to know mosaic, I was a graphic designer and worked for many years in advertising offices in Tel Aviv. The beginning of my creative mosaic career began approximately 15 years ago, with the relocation of my family to Romania. I looked for hobbies and found the mosaic, but back than I did not realize that this acquaintance would change my life.

I quickly discovered that mosaic made me very happy and decided to make a professional change. I expanded my artistic studies, with an emphasis on sculpture, I studied in professional mosaic workshops as well as experimented with a variety of techniques and styles in an autodidactic way. Unfortunately, there are no mosaic classes in art schools in Israel, unlike Italy and other countries. After some time, I felt ready and opened up my own mosaic studio.

Today I create and teach many students who also fall in love with the magic that is mosaic. I use both classical and modern techniques to create contemporary mosaic works. I continuously strive to learn & experience innovative techniques. Usually, I start the process of creation by sculpting the basis of the art from scratch. Then, I search for materials and test different methods to apply them. In my work I love to combine many materials and colours and I am especially fond of creating art in 3D.

Motivation / What is your main purpose in coming to our symposium? What are you planning to achieve during your stay?
I am very happy to participate in the fourth symposium in Italy under the direction of Giulio Menossi. I full-heartily believe this is going to be a unique and charming experience. I am curious and excited to meet the other 9 talented artists from all around the world.

Although each of us will be working on a personal piece, I think there will be mutual professional fertilization and an interesting social encounter between the artists, each bringing something unique to the mix.  Two whole weeks of work in Italy is a dream come true.

 Our Products / Have you ever tried a product from the Clauiano Mosaics Store?  What can you tell us about it?
For the first time I will be exposed to the new products at the Clauiano Mosaic Store. I look forward to learn about the unique products and in particular the smalti, which is very difficult to obtain in Israel.

Karla Duterloo Masterpiece Description

Living in between beautiful wine-farms in South Africa, the opportunity to work with wine barrels was an unique one. I just loved working with the interesting shapes of the staves that evolved from the mutation of dismantling and modifying the barrel. Bringing these staves, in different seizes, together again in an unexpected shape was a nice challenge.

I decided to use these basic alchemical elements in developing my idea as they play an important role in the process of cultivating vineyards.

The roots of a tree absorb water and minerals necessary for growth from earth (water and earth). The tree breathes through its leaves (air) and receives light and warmth from sunbeams (fire).

The grapes given by the tree will be crushed and pressed and the fermentation comes into play. Once fermentation is complete, clarification begins. Clarification is the process that finds place in the barrels and will transform the grapes into wine.

The staves of these barrels that have been used for this wine making process are used for “The yellow tree of Collio” and now we are back where it all began.

In order to come up with a appropriate color palette, I looked at the alchemy from a psychological perspective and the meaning of the different colors in which green refers to beginnings, black to decomposition, dark blue to the blues, light blue to the heavens and creative sparks, white to mental reflection, yellow to fermentation and embodiment, red to radiating into the world.

I have used these colors as the main colors in my artwork as they bring the spiritual and creative journey of shapes and colors together.

After visiting the Collio area which overlooks the Slovenian and Austrian mountains and learned this area is associated with the color Yellow, I made sure the “Tree’ as such would feel totally at home in its surrounding.

When I came back home to South Africa I really wanted to explore the medium of the wine barrel staves further. After some research I was lucky to meet woodworker and furniture designer, Jianni of Vinwood in Stellenbosch who specialises in making beautiful furniture out of wine barrels. We decided to collaborate and work towards an exhibition where we showcase my art works and his furniture together in one exhibition.

I have since been working on 13 unique works of art all of which are sculptural wall hangings. I have combined my favourite mosaic and paint styles that I have developed over the years with the wine barrel staves. It took me quite sometime to design and put all the works together. Luckily, I got a lot of help from the Vinwood staff at the factory.

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Interview with Isidora Paz López

Welcome to our brand new interview with Isidora Paz López.

-The Experience

How did it influence you as an artist? What did you learn?

The Symposium was a great experience, starting with the big honor of being invited by Master Giulio Menossi, having the possibility to work in his studio with such a wonderful group of talented mosaic artists, everyone with his own style, sharing lot of inspiration and fun!

It was my first time participating in a Symposium like that and also the first time using Smalti in my mosaic work, that was a real challenge for me. I have arrived with an idea about how i wanted to develop my work, but it flows and turned into another thing during the passing of the days. I have prepared some ceramic pieces in Raku that i combined with Smalti, marble, stones and all that inspired me around. I was total fascinated with the quantity of different materials and more than 1600 colours available in the studio of Giulio! Also his generous influence and guide was like a “revolution” in my creative process.

Learning and creating in a very intense way, even if i had dedicated many hours a day ( 10 or more), i felt constantly running against time. My work was slow and this was a bit frustrating, but part of the learning of this experience. I took the risk of doing something totally new for me, in a situation where i wanted to show the best that i could do in this two weeks of work. Most of the time i enjoyed it, but in some moments i felt a bit trapped by my ego, feeling a lot of pressure for develop something good enough and finish on time.

-The Masterpiece

Describe what you’ve created during the Symposium, what inspired you and most of all, how does your creation relate to your artistic conception and personality

To me was assigned the second station, when Jesus began to carry the cross.

The name of the artwork that i created during the Symposium is “Still bleeding”. My interpretation represent a very personal vision about the “Via Crucis”, a deep reflection of my feelings about this subject.

My inspiration started with an old map of Jerusalem, pointing the “Via Dolorosa”. In this mosaic i represented the death of Jesus Christ with a cross of thorns, inside of an open wound. For me, the crucifixion of Jesus is an atrocity that has left a pain in the history of humanity, a wound that even about 2000 years after, still is bleeding…

Symbology of the materials and forms that i evoque:

The earth, base of life, stones with memory, traces that mark destinies, clay that takes shape hand by hand. Step by step the common trails make furrows, establishing paths and beliefs.

The earth inhabits itself, it becomes the skin of history, container of memories. Embedded thorns punishing the faith, open wounds that hurts. Red rivers, currents of evil that has led many, feeding a sea of fears.

From dust to dust, the flesh becomes earth and the earth becomes history, written with blood, told with tears and worked with sweat.

Again and again the wound bleeds in a “Via Dolorosa” traveled for millennia. Deaths by religion, deaths by power, deaths for pleasure.

Maps are transformed over time, the relief of cities grows in a living history. Vision that is interpreted according to the light that it gives, depending on where you come from…

Earth and time, clay, water, fire and blood, living memories that mark the destiny of humanity.

-What is your impression of Friuli Venezia Giulia? Did you like our region? What about Italy as a country? Has it, in any way, inspired you for future work?

I love Italy! I am Chilean, but part of my family is Italian ( from the side of my Mom) Since 4 years i am living in Germany, so somehow, being in Italy feels like being at home. Love the food, the streets, the people, the language, the art and charm that is everywhere. Even the places that seem left in oblivion, lost in time, everything is a poem that inspire, like elixir for the soul of an artist.

EVENT
CLAUIANO MOSAICS SYMPOSIUM 3rd EDITION
DATA
OCTOBER 2017

Congratulations to Sibel Akkaba

Congratulations to Sibel Akkaba for winning such a prestigious prize at the Sanlıurfa mosaic competition/2017, an incredible achievement made possible by the artist’s incredible perseverance and ability, as well as by what she learned during the recent #Symposium here in Italy
With over 12,000 years of history, Gobeklitepe, which is located in Sanliurfa and is where prophecies state that the prophet Ibrahim, (The father of the Prophets) was thrown into the burning flames which then the fire turned into water. This is the location where the 2000 year old Edessa mosaics were found and this is also where the current mosaic art exhibition is being held. This recent competition promotes the beautiful city of Sanliurfa and I was just informed immediately upon my return from my symposium and I felt compelled to participate!

The mosaic Symposium which I recently participated in was very informative and I believe my biggest and most humbling gain was working with a master like Giulio Menossi. I would like to thank him for all of the useful information and training in modern mosaic mastery.

Joining a competition of this scale and working with marble limestone was first for me. Even though I had a difficult time in the beginning, the hard work paid off and I overcome all the odds. I tried to utilize smalt just to give my work some color.

My mosaic artwork which measured 60×80 cm was nominated as the runner up from a panel of 9 judges in this field of expertise.

I must admit I am truly very happy and deeply proud of my growth. I would like to conclude with a quotation from the President of the Jury, the famous Turkish painter, Ph.D Devrim Erbil.

“First of all, there were no first place position in this competition because there were no perfect art work that represents or reflects Urfa in regards to mixing traditional and modern mosaic art in one piece. In the meantime,

The closest candidate combining tradition and modernism became second place. It has such a unique surface that the gleaming marble is chaos itself but at the same time so rich, influential and creative! All of a sudden the middle of art work opens and you see a second layer which another history surfaces and chaos subsides. It reveals an art work from hundreds of thousands years history. Art work which was leading but placed second is from Sibel Akkaba.”

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SANLIURFA MOSAIC COMPETITION

Anabella Wewer Interview

We’re presenting a great interview with Anabella Wewer, one of the artist’s of October’s symposium, check it out here or download it.

The Experience:

Just being invited by Giulio Menossi to work with mosaicists from different countries, cultures and backgrounds was a recipe for an incredible experience. Working in his studio, surrounded by so many of his works, made that experience all the more special. The richness of colors around us was inspiring, and having the full color library available to us was tempting, specially since my more common palette are marbles and subdued colors. Through Giulio’s expert guidance, I embraced some bold choices. We were challenged to do something we had never done before, and the gift of precious red gold to accent the absence of tessera in a section of my work helped me push some creative personal boundaries.

There were many long hours, and many choices to make. For two weeks we shared laughter, near tears and amazing hospitality by our hosts and sponsors. We drank a LOT of coffee and learned about our work, our selves, others, and the creation of art with a sacred theme by artists with different cultural and religious (or lack thereof) backgrounds. I learned about people and processes, resilience and flexibility, and most of all, to trust my instincts and rely on my experience to see the work through.

The Masterpiece

I was assigned the 1st station of the cross: Pilate condemns Christ to the cross. I chose a palette of different shades of white to make a subtle insinuation of the cross Christ would bear, a beginning. Two areas of color, connected by a subtle color gradation, symbolize Pilate’s washing of the hands and the violence that followed that act, arguably lasting over two thousand years to this day, when the world is still ravaged by war in the name of religion. In Italian tradition, gold is used to mark the sacred or important parts in a mosaic. Red gold highlights some points in the “blood” areas of my work, and three small gold tesserae, two white and one gold, mark the spot where Christ’s heart would be over the cross. To me, the sacrifices we make for the greater good are the most important in this context.

Impression of the Friuli region

As important as the studio experience was to the creative process, so was our chance to share in and partake in the daily life of the city. Udine has a long, proud history, and walking past the remnants of the old city walls every day was a reminder of how young the world I live in actually is; it puts things in perspective as I worked on a story two thousand years old. Our many visits to the corner cafe provided reminders to slow down and connect with others, like the locals do. The friendly welcome of the staff at the local restaurant, our walks through the neighborhoods, and our contact with some of the organizations that weave the fabric of the city, as well as the opportunity to interact with local officials and community organizers left lasting impressions. All of it informed my work, and will continue to do so for a long time. In the west we live rushed, busy lives. Italians do too, but they seem to always make time to slow down, enjoy meals together and savor that mid-morning and mid-afternoon coffee. It’s a lesson I am trying to remember every day.

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EVENT
CLAUIANO MOSAICS SYMPOSIUM 3RD EDITION
DATE
OCTOBER 2017

Erin Pankratz Interview

Download now our exclusive interview with one of the Symposium’s artists to discover the best of the event

EVENT
CLAUIANO MOSAICS SYMPOSIUM 3RD EDITION
DATE
OCTOBER 2017

Ana Foncerrada Intervista

Scarica subito la nostra Intervista con Ana Foncerrda per scoprire tutti i segreti del simposio.

EVENTO
CLAUIANO MOSAICS SYMPOSIUM 2ND EDITION
DATA
GIUGNO 2017

Marian Shapiro – Valerio Marinig

The artist : A multi-award winning artist, my work is shown and collected both in Australia and internationally. Public and commercial commissions are in Sydney and many private commissions are in Sydney, Melbourne, the USA, UK and Canada.

The sponsor : The Marinig winegrower has been dedicated, since 1921, to the production of high-quality wine near Prepotto, in the eastern Friulian hills, a wonderful region to grow amazing grapes.

 

Lillian Sizemore – Livio Felluga

The artist : Lillian’s services include consulting with collectors, curators, auction and appraisers, estates, and municipalities to assess historic mosaics. Sizemore uses her hands-on insights as an accomplished mosaic maker to enhance the transmission of mosaic knowledge from its European traditions to midcentury America. Her manifold skills and attention to detail enhance and elevate all projects.

The sponsor : It is obvious that the story of Livio Felluga and his wines is bound up with the history of this very special land in the north east corner of the Adriatic, where the Mediterranean meets central Europe. It is a history of ever-shifting frontiers, vanished empires, passing wars and people who have chosen to remain. It is the story of a family that endured two world wars, living first in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and then in the young Kingdom of Italy, on the rocky coast of the Istrian peninsula and the lagoon of Grado, before finally settling in the gently rolling hills of Friuli. The return to Italy was far from easy for veterans of the Second World War, especially for those who had left their families in this long-suffering corner of the Adriatic.

 


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