Matters came into being as a twice-yearly newsletter, edited by
Paul Bentley; the first issue appeared in the summer of 1991. The
intention was to keep British mosaicists informed and up-to-date
about the world of mosaics, both here in Britain and abroad. For
eight years it did just that: readers included mosaic artists (professional
and amateur, at home and abroad), the press, selected art colleges
and galleries and other interested bodies.
newsletter covered a wide range of subjects dealing with mosaic,
such as techniques and materials, exhibitions, workshops and reviews
of books. There were also news items, interviews with leading mosaic
artists, and technical tips.
Mosaic Matters website came into being in 1996 when Paul Bentley
showed his computer buff neighbour Andy Mitchell a copy of the newsletter
and he told Paul it would translate well onto the web.
Mosaic Matters website has much the same content as the newsletter
as far as workshops, exhibitions and reviews go, but of course it
is in colour, is constantly updated, and allows visitors with a
particular query or problem to ask for help - and generally they
get it, swiftly.
successful has the site been that the newsletter could not seriously
compete, and so Summer 1999 (No.17) was the last issue. But the
website goes from strength to strength.
hope you will enjoy the Mosaic Matters site and find the many items
and articles interesting, and if you are not already a mosaicist
maybe you will be encouraged to 'have a go' at the fascinating,
ancient and modern, art of mosaic.