Cover Photo: Courtesy of Olga Goulandris
2017 has swept through, sweetly and swiftly, intense and inspiring as always! As the change in the crisp air and the days shorten and shadows grow long, I light my wood-stove and find myself eagerly organizing my topics, in anticipation of the deep hours of writing in the year to come! Stacks of unfinished articles await me! Yes, I feel it already 2018 will be a profoundly productive creative year! Good news!!! In the coming year, mosaic art will continue to be one of the most permanent art forms of the ancient world. This coming year also promises an unfolding turmoil in Mosaic Art to turn our daily life into a 3D canvas of all colors and square shapes.
Here’s everything you wanted to know about 2018 mosaic trends:
• Metallic Elements
As an addition to bright and vibrant colors, expect metallic tiles to enter the world of mosaic art and create a “wow” effect. Often combined with other hot trends such as 3D compositions and creative texture, this 2018 trend brings the effect of a real-life composition.
Copyrighted Credits to Olga Goulandris
• Color Transitions / Gradients
Back in 2016 when Instagram changed its logo into a colorful gradient, nobody thought this trend was going to become so huge! It was just the commencement of its rise! In 2018 we will be seeing more and more of these colorful gradients, not just in web design but also in mosaic art!
• Double Exposure
Double exposure, another trend that has been a thing for several years now, despite the fact that some artists have put this technique aside for a while, we definitely see a rise of double exposure mosaic designs which is expected to amaze the mosaic community this year.
Copyrighted Credits to Kim Grant
• The “Ruined” Effect
As far as we can tell, contemporary mosaicists have been obsessed with the “art of destroying”. Everything that includes splashing, scratching tiles, negative mediums, breaking or any other form of ruining the aesthetics of a composition is considered modern in 2018.
Copyrighted Credits to Liliana Waisman
Guess what? In 2018, Futuristic mosaic art or “post-human” will continue to be the main meeting point for contemporary mosaic artists. As I explained last year, this trend is inspired by artificial cleverness, to illustrate tech-driven designs and add a new generation of technologies and creative mediums.
Copyrighted Credits to Monir Shahroudy
In my opinion, these futuristic designs can be defined by otherworldly facets like embossed textures, sophisticated stones, laminated finishes, and glowing LED tiles inside of mesh materials.
In your opinion, what’s it going to take to advance the art form/genre/medium?
Have any other thoughts or questions about the future of this medium? Let us know in the comments below.
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