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Framed Mosaic Intrasia
18" x 24"

Welcome to the House of Legends art exhibit
Introducing a Contemporary Style of Mosaic Art depicting Legends of the World created by the husband and wife team, Clayton and Marcia Rippey. The House of Legends art collection consist of "Mosaic Intarsia" and included with every piece is a Mythological Legend in Clayton Rippey's personal interpretation. This "Mosaic Intarsia" collection, all made in Hawaii, was originally intended to be proudly displayed in Hawaii because of the many legendary interpretations of the islands culture and history. This collection can be successfully displayed world-wide in offering a truly unforgettable experience in representing cultures from Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Egypt, China, Japan, Africa, Russia, Australia, Greece and the US such as Hawaii and Alaska. You will now be taken through a magical journey as you experience the fascinating legends depicted in these original works created for your enjoyment.
Halemo'oelo: House of Legend
Using the medium typically used in Mosaic was not enough; not new or inventive enough, not contemporary enough, so we decided to expand our material concepts. The materials used, as you will read about in the "Artist Analysis," came to light rather spontaniously. Only the designs in general, color scheme in dark and light were pre-planned. We felt that the process of "selecting as we proceed" made for a more creative and unexpected final result. The medium used in the "Mosaic Intarsias" were chosen for three reason; First, its quality of antiquity tying it to the idea that many legends pre-date a written history. Our second reason for using this medium is based on experience and supply. I had previously done a number of large murals for public institutions out of Mosaic materials and in the process had refined the technique. The supply of materials leftover from those murals consisted of glass tile from Italy, USA and Mexico and also porcelain tile from the USA and Japan. Our third reason was one of permanence of all pictorial art forms, mosaics and present day plastics are the most durable.  Because our exhibit would be housed in the tropics, we needed a non-decaying agent. Our only concession to permanence was  the Viracocha legend which we did out of tribute to the greatness of Peruvian weaving. 
Because of the unique materials used in these pieces, we arrived at our own descriptive term: The simple term "Mosaic" does not truly describe these works, nor does the more sophisticated technique called "Intarsia," so we used our own combined phrase, "Mosaic Intarsia".
                                                      Clayton & Marcia Rippey
Mosaic Intarsia: The creative process in using recycled goods and materials re-integrated into a sustainable art form resulting in an eco-positive design offering the environmentally conscious consumer an opportunity to be socially responsible to the world we live in. Because of the intricate and painstaking technique used in their construction, these visions have more in common with jewelry than pictures, for each sparkles and glistens with jewel-like brilliance as it conveys its legendary message.

Mosaic: The art of decoration using small pieces of colored glass, stone, tile, niello and/or damascening to create a picture. Included in these unique mosaics are semi-precious stones, sand, mirror, rock, sea shells, cogs, mosaic tesserae, broken pottery, buttons, watch parts, wood, costume jewelry, ivory, beads, keys, coins and artifacts collected by Clayton and Marcia Rippey during their travels around the world. Many of the unique materials used in these Mosaics relate to their cultural significances. Some of the materials used in these Mosaics are from Clayton Rippeys' personal collection of sentimental treasures.

Intarsia: An ancient art in the making of decorative and pictoral mosaic by laying precious and exotic materials into or onto a groundwork of solid wood. Inspired by marquetry and inlay, this process of making intarsia is thought to have developed during the 13th century.

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Mosaic Intarsia detailed handwork

Mosaic Intarsia detailed handwork



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