Making Mosaics

Every piece of marble, stone or glass (‘tessera’) that Kimmy uses to make her mosaics is cut by hand using the ‘hammer and hardie’.

Using the Hammer and Hardie

Kimmy uses the double reverse method, pioneered in Ravenna, which allows the finished mosaic to be viewed before finally setting it in cement mortar. This is a very time consuming process involving 6 different stages.

Unlike most modern mosaics Kimmy’s mosaics are not grouted. In Roman and Byzantine mosaic, the ‘interstice’ (the gap between the tessera) is as important as the tessera itself. This results in an image of greater depth and life, as seen in the great works in Ravenna and Rome.

Setting the tessera