Mosaic Part II – Inspiration

/ɪnspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/  (noun)
1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
2. a sudden brilliant or timely idea.
Ask 10 creatives where they find their inspiration and you will get 10 different responses.
Here is my story behind this little floor …
elements i love, byron bay, mosaic floor, antiques, vintage

 I’ve  always had a thing for mosaic floors and to a certain extent our buying trips to France satiated this passion. But last year we went to southern Italy and Pompeii, with our eyes focused on ideas for the new space we were creating in Byron.… (so many mosaics so little time)  
 In the back of mind,  I thought we had the perfect spot for a mosaic floor but what was it going to say… about us, the business and life ?
The inspiration for the expression came from our last night in Italy. 

 After a late night supper in Rome we stumbled upon some graffiti; and it appeared to be the answer that we’d been searching for.  In our broken French and slightly tipsy state we translated it as meaning love & water are fresh … but after speaking to French friends we discovered it roughly translated to
‘to live on love and fresh water’ – the expression in French being  ‘Vivre d’amour et d’eau fraîche’.
♥♥  For the full whimsical story on that night in Rome go here
but now back to the creation of our mosaic floor…

Luckily Jane from Villa Rustica is as passionate (maybe more so) than me about mosaics so it was truly a gift that she said Yes to working on such a large commission. But she was sworn to secrecy 🙂

As we flew home to Byron Bay – love, water and sea melded together and it became clear what was going to happen to the floor in our new/old warehouse.  Now we had to create it … and that’s a process! 

The hand-written font was done in chalk directly on the floor and then copied on to tracing paper. Jane then tidied it up and transferred it onto mesh. Along with getting the tile right, the size and shape of the script and the style flowing so it reads like you want it to.  Further complications arose when it came to tiling the floor and inserting the phrase so it actually lines up … finally Decorated Earth returned to finish off their fab tiling job and grout the floor (5 months after making it) now it was time to celebrate 🙂

I was an apprentice and Jane was definitely the master – I think sometimes she might have pulled apart some of work but didn’t tell me 🙂 But the end result has brought us such joy, a beautiful floor and a firm friendship. 

elements i love, byron bay, mosaic floor There is no doubt that small business has a habit of sucking the creative juices out of you – sometimes the only way to ignite those is to escape the rigours of the day to day. Travel & taking time out from the business in the past year has given us the freedom to think differently – what seemed unlikely, suddenly seems possible. What seemed like a hurdle now seems manageable. It may have taken us a little longer than we expected to open but we are looking forward to seeing you in 2020 with this new fresh vision in our heads.
When visiting don’t forget to look down when you walk through the doors…
x Brooke

See here for Part 1 | Mosaic Love



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