What do you do with your old electronics? Throw them out? Donate them? Sell them? San Francisco artist Jason Mecier does the unexpected: he uses old electronic “junk” to create amazingly textured mosaics. His work is the perfect example of mosaic art in the 21st century: using broken, fragmented pieces of our everyday lives as a form of artistic expression.
I’ve posted about artists who re-work classic pieces of art with a fresh perspective, breathing new life into images we’ve surely seen dozens of times. I especially like it when artists incorporate mosaics into their approach. Nick Smith is a London-based visual artist and interior designer who focuses mostly on screen printing and has most recently created a series of work using Pantone color swatches.
We’ve created too many romantic photo mosaics to count at this point, but that doesn’t mean we’re stopping anytime soon! With V-Day just around the corner, choosing the perfect gift for that special someone can be a dubious and tiresome task. So if you’re still stuck on what to get that special someone this year, keep it simple: use your favorite photos to create a beautiful personalized photo mosaic.
Back in June, I posted about Chicago-based artist Jim Bachor who took it upon himself to tackle the city’s pothole problem by filling them with handmade tile mosaics. He’s recently popped up again with a new approach to his guerrilla pothole repair. He’s transitioned from mosaics featuring arbitrary serial numbers and simple descriptions (e.g. “POTHOLE”) to beautiful floral designs. So far, Bachor has given his floral mosaic treatment to four potholes throughout Chicago; locations and photos can be found on his website. He’s also been commissioned for some truly beautiful installations, photos of which can also be found on Bachor’s site.
In an interesting combination of time-lapse photography and photo mosaic design, UK-based photographer Noel Myles creates remarkable works of art. Nearly 15 years ago, Myles created black and white platinum/palladium prints of trees throughout the eastern part of the English countryside. A decade after that, he photographed the trees in color. By “cutting and pasting” these photos together, he creates a sort of time-lapse photo mosaic of each tree. He refers to them as “still films.”
The Online Mosaic Tool is live! Check it out here – www.PictureMosaics.com/photo-mosaic
Calling all photo mosaic lovers! We try not to focus too much on ourselves here, but we’ve got some great news for all the ‘do-it-yourselfers’ out there. Last month, we mentioned that we’ve been developing our very own photo mosaic software. Today, we’re proud to announce that in late September we’ll be unveiling our online photo mosaic tool! Our entire team has been hard at work, making sure the tool is running smoothly and ready to create the most stunning photo mosaics on the market.
You can now place your Shape Mosaic order through our website!
Photo mosaics are a passion of ours. We work hard at pushing the mosaic concept to new heights every day. That’s why we’re super excited to introduce a new kind of photo mosaic to our gallery: Shape Mosaics. Rather than building a mosaic based on the color and detail within the source image, these mosaics build a specific solid shape out of your cell images. Perfect for brand logos, silhouettes, and solid shapes.
They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. While exploring the online world of photo mosaics, I came across Kyu Hak Lee’s mixed-media mosaics. Beautifully innovative, his work is an homage to the iconic artwork of Vincent Van Gogh. By cutting small slivers of Styrofoam and wrapping them with newsprint and magazine pages, Lee creates lush, vibrant landscapes of color. Each piece is strategically placed to perfectly mimic Van Gogh’s unique brushstrokes.
After the winter season, city streets can wreak on your car. Winters in Chicago can be especially harsh: a recent pothole count reached the 600k mark. Sometime in 2013, Chicago artist Jim Bachor decided to rectify this problem with the art of handmade mosaics. While we tend to keep our focus on photo mosaics, we like to keep our ear to the ground with a wide range of mosaic projects. This project in particular really caught my attention.