Art studio providing corporate retreat services and arts teaching facilities. We aim to provide a superior service to clients and the opportunity to learn a range of arts including mosaic, concrete sculpture and decorative paint finishes.
BUSINESS ACTIVITIES & OBJECTIVES
The biggest influence in mywork is colour and texture – my years travelling, especially in the Middle East and Europe have stayed with me and play a major role in my work. In the construction industry I see so much texture – metals, ceramics, wood, concrete etc – but also so much waste and too much going to landfill! Since my teenage years I've had a passion for making things from discarded materials. I see a new life in interesting blank forms. I progressed through many crafts including decoupage, paper mache, wood finishing, patchwork quilting – always giving new life to old materials. Furniture restoration, concrete sculpture and mosaics have developed from these beginnings and continue to be my passions.
Corporate retreat and art studio
Mosaic inspiration from Hacienda Mosaico, Mexico. www.haciendamosaico.com
DAWNING DECOR STUDIO
833 Highway 52 RR2, Lynden, Ontario, Canada L0R 1T0
studio 905 667 4271
Photography and design by Jerry Vajsar
Project: Mosaic Wall
Size: 7 ft high x 20 ft wide
Construction:Five cedar posts were anchored 4' in the ground. Reinforcing bar was then placed horizontally and diagonally between posts and rods secured with galvanised wire. Then 2 layers of metal mesh were layered and wired to rebar. Over this a concrete parging mix was trowelled on. After drying the concrete was ready for mosaic and grouting.
Description:This project was 2 years in the planning and building. I wanted a wall which said something about why I mosaic. It had to survive the Canadian winters, so much experimentation happened even before beginning the project. All the pieces used are either natural, vitreous ceramic or stone. Everything is either salvaged from building sites or collected from nature.
The subject is mans relationship with his surroundings over the millenia- rivers, mountains, animals, birds and trees. And it represents 21st century man's dilemma : reversing the damage done. Mankind is represented by the white ceramic and driftwood line running through horizontally through the wall. The "tail" at the end is where we are now - going backwards.
The wall is about why I mosaic - my art is ALL about using what we already have.