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fairy orbs

fairy orbs

the cosmos

cosmos

dragon!

the long-lashed dragon

princess

the princess checks out the scene. no worthy knight in sight. phooey!

candles by the sea on a sunny day

candles by the sea on a sunny day (for no good reason)

scattered focus

focused scatter, matryoshka squares

© Anuradha Prasad, 2016

taleem

Posted: September 26, 2015 in obsessing about...
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saraswati

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“…For her, taleem grants freedom, freedom from the quest for self-validation. She does not need the claps and adulation, the fame and fortune, to reaffirm her understanding of herself. She is happy singing her songs with her ik-tara in hand, like a jogan, walking from village to village, enchanting everyone, who wants to pursue her. Pursue her, they can. Possess her, they can’t. For possessions entrap us. To be so frightened that we cannot let go of the whimsical Lakshmi is the curse of Saraswati.” http://bit.ly/1QrrOpk

I wanted to do something creative that didn’t involve words, which led me to work with broken pieces of glass at a workshop on mosaic art at Atta Galatta, conducted by Bohemian Snuffbumble. The couple believe in upcycling and mosaic offers plenty of opportunities for that.

The workshop began with a talk on mosaic art – the methods, tools and materials used.

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We were given square wooden pieces (soon-to-be coasters). We started by laying out a pattern of our choice with small pieces of glass (tesserae). The design was then transferred on to another wooden piece which was coated with adhesive. After the adhesive dried off, we could smear it with grout – messy but strangely satisfying. It takes around eight hours for the grouted piece to dry. So we were given pieces that were already grouted to continue with the process. Once dried, the grout has to be scraped out.

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As I scraped away, a lovely spiral emerged; a moment of serendipity because that was the design I had in mind before I went to the workshop but then went with a butterfly instead. Glass paints were used to colour these pieces. The glass pieces revealed the textured grains of wood, so I used a clear paint over some of the pieces instead of masking the grains under colour. A layer of varnish should finish the job, while the first one needs to be scraped, painted and varnished.

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One of their interesting experiments did not follow the traditional way of working with mosaic – clear glass pieces were closely arranged over the picture of a bird. Nonetheless, the effect was beautiful.

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I’m glad I made it to the workshop as this was their fourth and last mosaic art workshop in Bangalore and they will soon be off to the Himalayas. Wound up the morning with coffee and conversation at the bookstore-café. Bliss!

© Anuradha Prasad

Nothing is original, steal from anywhere.

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Jim Jarmusch says –
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.
Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”