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Spier Architectural Arts

Rosette

Spier Architectural Arts' dedicated micro-mosaic studio collaborated with Cape Town based artist Marlise Keith, on her eight solo exhibition 'Histrionics Furies' at BRUNDYN + GONSALVES. The studio produced a micro-mosaic wearable art piece called Rosette that depicts a detailed area from a 9.5m illustrative artwork by the artist, Mr Knight Where the F*K are you?

Rosette incorporates a handcrafted micro-mosaic inlay within a gold plated setting, produced by jeweler Idané Burger and mosaic artist Zoleka Xekethwana. Zoleka, a graduate from the associated Spier Arts Academy successfully completed her training in professional mosaic in 2011.

Micro-mosaic involves using tiny components of stone (called tesserae) as small as 1-2mm. Traditionally the gift of choice from the Vatican, the tesserae are cut from Venetian stained-glass and interspersed with local materials to create a detailed mosaic artwork. Rosette measures 100mm in diameter, and can be worn as a pendant or brooch. The micro-mosaic is created with natural and engineered stone, ceramic elements and Venetian glass, set in a 24k Gold Plated Sterling Silver setting.

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