|Detail from the 'Family Tree' mosaic I am working on for an outdoor classroom|
Although I had a long and quiet winter and spring, 2012 did bring along a few projects that I am very happy with. I did get to make a stone mosaic panel that I had been wanting to make for some time. My mind is full of many, many ideas. Some just plain crazy, some incredibly ambitious and some that just require an enthusiastic client to make them become a reality.
|Gerry's Town Garden. More photos of this garden here|
For this panel I used some Golden brown Quartzite from Co. Donegal that I had left over from building the garden, with some Liscannor sandstone from Co. Clare I had laying around in the studio. These two stones make a striking contrast to each other and the mirror reflects fragmented colours and light from around the garden.
|Natural stone mosaic in Gerry's Town Garden. More photos of this garden here|
In early 2012 I also took in the position on Chairman of The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland and although this has taken up much of my free time (time usually spent writing blog posts) it has been great working with like minded people that share a passion for stone and Ireland's rich stone heritage.
|One of Ireland's stunning dry stone walls.|
|Working on a section of dry stone wall at the Liscannor quarry with members of the DSWAI, more about this here|
During the summer I was asked by friend and fellow DSWAI member Tom Pollard to help with a public art project he had organised at Electric Picnic, the country's premium music and arts festival.
|Dry-stone public art project at Electric Picnic|
|The team. DSWAI members Tom Pollard, Alex Panteleyenko, Sunny Wieler and Julia Gebel|
The beautifully carved cap stone was carved by Julia from an old piece of cut stone that lay on the ground not 10m from where it now sits.
2012 also saw some of my stone projects included in a internationally distributed book on stone features. I was honoured to be featured alongside many wonderful stone artists from around the globe.
2012 also saw me return to the Aran Islands for another Feile na gCloch (Festival of Stone), a wonderful weekend of Stone, Stout and banter among fellow wallers and stone enthusiasts. This is a weekend I thoroughly recommend and one I will look forward to returning to next September. More about this event in my blog post here
|Feile na gCloch 2012|
|Under construction. Outdoor classroom for a school near Dublin.|
Wishing you all much success and happiness in 2013. Regards, Sunny Wieler