Sunday, October 15, 2017

Maison Picassiette in France

BB found this:

We just returned from a trip to France. Of many highlights, the one which I have most exhaustively photographed is our visit to La Maison Picassiette, in Chartres. One of the world's reknowned artist-created environments, Maison Picassiette was the creation of an eccentric (obviously!) man named Raymond Isidore (1900 - 1964). A man of modest means and boundless vision, Isidore worked at various periods in his life at a foundry, a tramway company, as a road mender for the town of chartres, and finally as the caretaker for the town's cemetery. As an artist and builder he was completely self-taught - what the French call an artist naif or singulier. He was born and raised in Chartres, in the shadow of the town's famous cathedral. He married Adrienne Dousset in 1924 and raised three children with her. In 1929 he bought a long narow plot of ground and began to build a house for his family. It was not until 1938 that something possessed Isidore to begin decorating the inside walls of his house with broken pieces of china, tile, shells and glass. But once he began, he did not stop for twenty four years, until all the walls, ceilings and floors, inside and out, were covered with gorgeous mosaics, sculptures and hand-painted murals. The dazzling results follow.

http://indigoarts.com/news/visit-maison-picassiette



Friday, December 2, 2016

Merikay saw these in Australia





Outside her airbnb in Sydney, Australia and public urinal and shower. Nice!

Merikay added:

Our response!!
Marcia: good way to be distracted...
Jerry Ledbetter: look at the floor! Is that floor really wet??

Kate saw these


At Anne Dillon's house in KCMO. These steps go to the second floor in their home.

Saturday, November 12, 2016


BB writes: In my continuing quest to write legible words in mosaics I have ordered a clay alphabet form.

Should work. You could put concrete or rock hard water putty in it maybe. Would sculpy baked be waterproof?



I think sculpy, when baked correctly is considered waterproof. We have some kid-art sculpy that has seemed to become brittle over the years and a little more dull. But looking at the wisdom on the internet, I guess the problem is that it was not baked long enough or at a high enough temp. (The opposite of what I thought.) I also thought that a sealer would have helped slow this aging, but I haven’t found anything to back that theory either.
Here is one site with info:
https://thebluebottletree.com/avoid-these-10-sculpey-mistakes/
There are probably many more.
Looks like a fun mold!
Linda