November 2, 2004
Mosaic Tallaght- Day Two
Planning and Design
Shylene Schlackl & Participants
designs all came together today and the mosaic ideas are super.
Many of the groups did research around their themes and came to
the morning workshop with new designs and print-offs from the Internet.
Really wonderful to know
the groups are working on their own and together to find their ideas,
create their designs etc. I really enjoyed today, and found the
whole day was positive. Ran into some issues with groups not totally
clear on the ideas of brainstorming on themes, and moving straight
into designs… again a note for future projects:
The importance of the brainstorm
section of the project is to gather ideas that represent all the
groups who work on the project. These are the partnering groups
like TCAC, MtC, the Hospital and the individuals who are working
on the project. It is important that the overall themes of each
project represent all the groups combined, as this is Community
the mistake of giving each group the location of where the mosaics
where going, which affected the overall theme of each mosaic. What
we should have done to ensure total community ideas and themes within
each mosaic was simply to tell the groups the mosaics would eventually
go here, here and there.
Oh well.. these projects
are about everyone learning together :)
Group Four: Bridges & Growth
Journal Entry Jo Callahan:
"What being a leader in the Mosaic the City project means to
me: this is a new experience for me. This Mosaic the City project
is not just about learning how to make a mosaic, I am learning how
to listen to my team-mates' needs, thoughts and accommodate those
Journal by: Edel Campbell
"I have always held the belief that art should not be preserved
for the minorities who have had the privilege to be exposed to art
through formal training. I believe that art is about communication
and inclusion. Art should reach out to all communities. I have seen
the importance of generating a greater awareness of contemporary
art. It not only demystifies the notion of 'Modern Art', it makes
art a tool, not only for learning but also for educating, training
and promoting personal development.
Art can be something that is accessible, inclusive and relevant.
Within a community context, looking at ways in which contemporary
artists have dealt with social issues opens up a whole new way in
which communities or individuals (who had no previous understanding
of contemporary art practice) can tell their own stories."
The local paper, "The
Echo", came to the project today and snapped a few shots of
all of us in action. I'm not sure when we will be in the paper,
but its so great when the media gets out to help pass along the
ideas of Mosaic the City and Community Unity!
There was a crazy busy buzz
today with everyone busy doing there work. We got planning the celebration
and the documentation. The teams are under much pressure to pull
together a few months of planning in only a few days, but we are
all working together to make this week flow and shine.
Group Two: TCAC as Junction between Art and Community
Journal By: John Carpenter:
"The project expanded my knowledge of mosaic process and I
think it will help me create work and projects for myself as an
artist through community partnerships. Collaboration as an artist
is very important."
By Maeve McIvor &
from Travart Priorswood-Darndale
Before lunch break we had
a guest presentation from the traveling women's group, who last
year created the most wonderful mosaic panels, which tell the story
of the traveling people of Ireland. They had much information about
community art and the idea of using art to tell a story and educate
people. They also shared with us some of the areas they made mistakes
with this project and what their plans are for the future. We will
be creating a link to this project and the ideas therein. Wonderful
is busy working on their projects, bringing together their skills
and learning new ones. The tools are getting a work out and so are
the minds of all of us. The documentation team would like to make
a power point presentation for Friday's celebration. They are also
making storyboards and the like. I hope they start pulling this
together with their teams or otherwise they will be working very
hard on Thursday to bring it all together.
Journal By: A participant
'As someone who is coming from community development to was a great
opportunity to meet artists'
To everyone's excitement
we started gluing the mosaics today. Some mosaics are further along
than others, while others are struggling with their final designs
and only have a few bits down. Tomorrow will be interesting, as
we need to have all the mosaics completed so we can grout on Thursday.
gave them a lesson on gluing and spacing, and let them
to it :)
Deborah and Martina made
sure the whole week was being video documented. It should be good
to see what we are able to create after this power-through week
of workshops and mosaic frenzy…
Group Two: TCAC as Junction between Art and Community
Journal By: Sharon Devlin
'The atmosphere was positive. Brilliant. Lots of Energy and great
Appreciation! I normally work alone and it was a big thing to come
into a group. It was a bit intimidating at first, but I am amazed
at how well we all worked together. I am happy with the experience'
John gives some more pointers
on cutting tiles ….
Journal Written by Group 4 - Bridges and Growth
"In the final design, the Royal Canal on the North side flows
into a flowery creation, which symbolises the creative and educational
D I.T. The Grand Canal to the south sprouts leaves - spreading the
creative growth. The border depicts a primitive triangle-motif -
to frame the modern City with a more ancient flavour - from African
mural triangular shapes to Fionn and the legend of The Salmon of
Knowledge, in which Fionn scalded his thumb - hence the thumb print
in the four corners to complete our mosaic………"
Journal Written by Edel Campbell:
"I was never one for short essays in school, editing perhaps
not being my forte. Trying to arrange my thoughts about the 'Mosaic
The City' Project is a lot like our group's challenge to come up
with our mosaic design - where does one begin?!
If I had to choose a metaphor for the process I
would be hard pressed to find a better one than 'Mosaic' itself.
I am amongst a lot of colourful parts but I am still watching the
grand design unfold. Although I feel like a very small part of the
process, I am aware of no greater nor lesser parts than me. However,
without the unity of all the parts and the willingness to share
we would have no picture at all, or perhaps a smaller less colourful
Sarah managed to find a stethoscope
for the hospital mosaic, it will look great.. thanks Sarah and the
Doctor whom you stole it from :)
groups were given the glue, it was amazing to see their drawings
and brainstorms come together on the boards. Everyone is working
hard and getting a good sense of the workload involved with a MtC
By the end of the day the mosaics
had all started to take their shapes.. great to see the Hardibacker
board go from gray- to brilliant :)
Special thanks to for
supplying the project with all its backer board.. Great to have
your support ...