Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 27 Summer 2010 Contents Robert. “I haven’t found any literature on exactly what I do,” he says.
“I love the challenge of the process and improving the process.”
A few years ago, he started dissecting the square and making
every possible shape out of it. “So far, I’ve got about 50 shapes and
I’m still working on it,” he says. It’s these geometric shapes that form
a lot of his work now, including his ‘zillij’ challenge. His workshop
is lined with rows and columns of plaster moulds, most of which are
hand-carved and all of which are continuously used. But what’s most
exciting for him is that he’s getting back to his first love of pottery.
He’s been invited to exhibit in galleries and his plan is to create his
own space where he’ll curate exhibitions and work with other artists.
It’s exciting times for Robert and Labyrinth Mosaics, which is set
to grow as an arts hub for professionals and hobbyists alike. “It’s all
about feeding that creative desire and enjoying people’s company.”
And so the journey continues. I
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HAND TO GROUT
Robert Cripwell’s tips for creating
your ow n mosaic tabletop
• Plan what you want to use for the
edging, fo r example an gle iron or
brass. Edging sho uld be put o n
before the mosa ic is star ted. I
can provide this service if you
don’t have the tools or the
kno wledge to do it you rself.
• Fo r woo den tables, cement fibre
board should be glued an d screwed
to the top. For wro u ght-iron tables,
a frame will n eed to be built to
su ppor t the cement fibre boa rd.
(The table must be stro ng an d safe.)
You then need to prime and seal
the cemen t fibre board.
• If you have already plan ned your
design , draw it on the cemen t fibre
board, then place the tiles on top
of the drawing. Alternatively, if you
don’t have a design , tiles can be
placed at ran dom.
• On ce the design is co mplete, glue
the tiles with Mosaicbon d, ideally
co mpleting the piece in o ne sitting
so you can move, or ‘humour’, the
pieces as necessar y.
• Let it dry for at least 24 hours
before grou ting. On ce grou ted,
the best clean u p is without water
– just use a dry rag to polish the
tiles and joints.
ABOVE Mosaics, moulds and other tiling paraphernalia... a look into the working side of Labyrinth’s
warehouse-cum-studio. OPPOSITE Robert in design mode and doing what he loves most: pottery.
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