The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it. -Chinese Proverb
That proverb was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the work of stone mason and sculptor Johnny Clasper. I’m not sure this article needs more than that when it comes to text. Take a look at a master of pebble mosaics’ work: 1
I suspect there are two interesting reasons why Johnny’s work resonates with us. One may be because he’s using some special geometry from the natural world. Do you know about a magic mathematical relationship in nature called Fibonacci Numbers?
The second reason his work strikes a chord for some of us is because of our impulse to appreciate things that are handmade. More and more I see people are getting back to nurturing hobbies that involve using their own two hands. It could be tangible things, like making and flying model airplanes, designing freeform Lego creations, making jewelry, or dabbling in photography or gardening… really anything that involves being able to stand back and say with pride, “I made that.” This is a wonderful trend.
And if this subject really touched a chord of interest, you might love an interesting blog that I found in my research. It’s called simply, Stone Art Blog. And, of course, you can visit Johnny’s Facebook page by clicking here.
Well, that’s a bit of inspiration for today folks. Test your hand at something new soon. You might find it keeps you open, curious and hopeful!
~ Dr. Lynda
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- Clasper, Johnny. “Johnny Clasper Stonemason – Sculptor – Specialising in Organic Flowing Stonework, Pebble Mosaics, and Drystone Sculpture.” Johnny Clasper Stonemason – Sculptor – Specialising in Organic Flowing Stonework, Pebble Mosaics, and Drystone Sculpture. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Aug. 2015. <http://www.johnnyclasper.co.uk/>. ↩