Description of our work/techniques
Covering the first year of our partnership, we worked with pebbles inspired by the nearby museum of Pella which we visited and by the wider history of our area in the Byzantine art.
Instant placement :
Ancient tradition is based in mosaics made by pebbles.
We started making tests on how to place directly.You can see the material(called Heraklit) on which we place first the cement mixture and then the bebbles."Heraklit" is made from sawdust and glue and it's very light.We used the traditional cement mixture: sand,lime,dust from bricks.
Indirect placement :
The pebbles are stuck on the fabric with (flour) starch and when the art piece finishes we add the cement mixture.What we see then is the untoward(back) side of the final piece.
Metal lead plies in between and pieces of baked clay are used by us (used at ancient times as well) to form the details.
We take the pebbles from nearby beaches and rivers.We place the whole pebble as it is but its straight side on the fabric.
Art pieces with marbles:
For Byzantine art pieces we use marbles, glass or ceramic tiles,bricks or the back side of the ceramic tiles we put on floors or kitchens.
We cut the materials with the tool of cutting and then with the pricers.A little primitive but effective way!
Procedure of making a byzantine copy:
1) We take a photo of the original
2) We place a transparent piece of paper on the photo and then design on this paper every inlay according to the original.
3) We copy the drawing on a piece of fabric and we start the placement.
We exhibit our art pieces at the beginning of June every year.