In 2002 I then went to Ravenna to take the first of three one week courses in making copies of Roman mosaics. It was there under the head of the school, Luciana Notturni, that I was taught the 'Rules' seen in ancient mosaics. These are essential to know to make a copy of an ancient mosaic and are what makes them 'Roman'. We worked on piece for piece copies, a method used in restoration work where to make an exact copy of the original. I continued to work like this on my return to England but I soon realised i wanted to know more.
Since then I have concentrated on trying to discover how they made the mosaics, what actual proccess did they use? What can we see from the evidence we have? And then I took this a step further and I've been trying to open this world up to as many people as I can.
Left, geometric pattern mosaics, all copies of orginal Roman geoemtric mosaics. Every mosaic you see here can be made without drawing out any pattern on the board!