Monday, July 18, 2011

Our Future – mosaic artwork is now complete

Here is the finished piece.


“Our Future” by Claire Fairweather
30.5cm x 30.5cm, polymer clay tiles on canvas
Designed for the NZ Art Guild Annual Members Exhibition 2011

This mosaic tile artwork has been designed to show the different phases of love during the course of a lifelong relationship – the future for a couple in love

Key to the meaning behind each tile – start at the bottom left hand corner and work round in a clockwise spiral to the centre

5
6
7
8
9
4
19
20
21
10
3
18
25
22
11
2
17
24
23
12
1
16
15
14
13

1
The heart is a universal symbol of love, which is something most people want to experience during their life-time
2
The script style writing reminds me of old fashioned hand-written diaries, where young women often write about their thoughts and feelings for the future
3
The butterflies represent that feeling you get when you first fall in love, along with the dreams, hopes and wishes of how you would like the future to be
4
Is Cupid really responsible for the initial attraction to that special person in your life?
5
Flowers are often given as a gift of love
6
Romance – the word can be written with a flourish and it certainly brings happiness and excitement to everyday life
7
Your heart seems to be bursting with joy when you are in love
8
The blooming rose symbolises a growing relationship
9
The lace texture is evocative of lingerie, worn when a relationship becomes more intimate
10
Passion – this phase in a relationship can be very intense
11
The lips symbolise a kiss, which is often given with great passion
12
The tying of two ribbon ends into a bow, symbolises the joining of two beings as one
13
This tile bears my signature seal, which is incorporated into a pattern of hearts, hugs and kisses
14
Love – the word is impressed into the tile with strength like the emotion it conveys
15
An engagement ring symbolises the beginning of a lifelong committed relationship
16
Commitment – as defined in a marital relationship
17
Wedding bells ring out the joy of marriage
18
The linked hands represent the joining together of two people in holy matrimony
19
A loving background forms the basis of a stable, long-term relationship
20
Shelter and protection are symbolised by the house
21
The different layers within the heart reflect the different types of love
22
The tiny hand and foot prints represent a new arrival
23
Having children makes a family
24
Caring for your partner and family never ceases
25
Into grey, old-age two hearts should still be entwined as one


7 comments:

  1. Did one person do this or did the whole guild participate? It is wonderful!

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  2. In reply to Dorothy, I made the whole artwork - all 25 tiles plus the small pieces inbetween.

    Unfortunately there is no active guild in New Zealand - something I would like to try and start up, when I have sometime.

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  3. Hi Claire,
    I just posted this awesome mosaic on my blog! You created a masterpiece and everyone should see this beautiful piece.

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  4. http://sandyscreationsinclay.blogspot.com/2011/07/mosaic-tile-masterpiece.html

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  5. Thank you, Sandy - I am very honoured.

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  6. This is beautiful Claire! I love how you made the graph to tell about each mosaic tile!

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