I remember coming home from class one day and telling Edwin about the new craft we were learning-mosaics.
I was intrigued by them and so was he. He helped me work on a project, and then a week or so later we made another one just for fun. While most of my crafts class was vowing to never do a mosaic again, Edwin and I were thinking about all the mosaic making possibilities. After trying our hand at a few more "just for fun" mosaics, we really got into it and decided to start our own business. Edwin and I love working together and I want to share how we make it work.
Patience for the art form.
First of all we have to practice patience for the art form. Mosaics take a ton of work. There's designing, cutting glass, choosing color schemes, and grouting and finishing the mosaic. We put a lot of time into each of our mosaics. Sometimes I think we are moving too slow. Sometimes I feel like I've been looking at the same unfinished mosaic for weeks. Chances are, I probably have. Mosaics are an arduous task, and depending upon design size and glass cuts, it can take quite a bit of time. Although mosaics can be a time consuming undertaking, we love doing them and we love seeing our finished products. Our love for mosaics allows us to have patience for them.
Understanding each other's working styles.
Edwin and I make it a point to acknowledge and respect each other's working styles.
When I cut glass I like to cut a bunch in advance. Edwin cuts glass tiles as he goes, one by one (bless his soul, I don't know how he does this). Interestingly enough, this is a very efficient way of working for him.
Edwin and I think differently about some things, but ultimately we both have a passion for mosaics and want to make interesting work. Everything else is a matter of learning, acknowledging, and respecting each other's processes. Our differences often allow us to have interesting conversations and give us the opportunity to see things in a new light.
Being open to each other's ideas and allowing freedom and independence.
Working in a pair is so much fun because we are always brainstorming together. We also constantly tweak our work depending upon suggestions from one another. Oftentimes we come up with neat collaborative ideas that we would have never thought of by ourselves.
On the same token, it is also important for us to have freedom and independence. We don't always completely agree on each other's ideas or even understand them. Sometimes the way we make it work is by just letting the other person do their own thing. Later we can show each other the results. We then can have a discussion about what each of us thinks does and doesn't work.
What we are learning is that experimenting is great, and when in doubt that is usually what we do. When we experiment we always learn something new. Even if the new thing learned is to never do what we did again.
Knowing both our weaknesses and strengths/likes and dislikes.
I'm terrible at color schemes. At least I think I am. I love designing, but when it comes to color schemes I always have trouble. Edwin on the other hand has a natural knack for colors. His skill in color definitely makes up for what I'm lacking. With that being said, Edwin doesn't like transferring designs to the wood. This is something I love and find relaxing. It's so nice to have one another to help with weaknesses and dislikes, and also enhance our strengths. It makes mosaic making all the more enjoyable.
Just having fun.
All in all, making mosaics is something both Edwin and I enjoy. We feel lucky to be able to do it with someone we love. :)