Everything looks better covered in mosaics! So says the 2015 Habitat for Humanity ReStore ReDesign Intern, Elexus Dennis. During Elexus’s sophomore year at West Virginia State University she discovered her love of this ancient art form and declared her major – Fine Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics. The ReDesign Internship has allowed Elexus the freedom to explore her passion, a passion that will hopefully lead her to a career designing and installing residential mosaics.
The ReStore ReDesign Internship provides a blank canvas for students to create resume-building projects, raise awareness of the arts, and hone organizational skills including project management, volunteer coordination and budgeting. This is the second year the West Virginia State University Art Department selected an exemplary student to participate in the 10 week paid internship. As you might imagine, Elexus is using broken ceramic tile to create permanent mosaic displays that will be mounted in the ReStore’s used furniture department.
Over the years, many mosaic tile workshops have been offered in Habitat for Humanity’s Homeowner Education & Community Center. Volunteer Instructors have generously led workshops on traditional tiling techniques which involve mixing and applying a cement adhesive, laying the tile, waiting for the adhesive to dry, and then grouting the entire project. Several different tools are used in the time-consuming process, and the multiple clean-ups make for a very complex project.
But, there is another way to tackle a mosaic project in fewer steps – Pre-Mixed Grout Adhesive. It is a fabulous product sold at Lowes and Home Depot for about $10 a quart. It takes the mess and time out of creating a mosaic masterpiece. Simply apply a thick coat of the adhesive to your prepared surface and gently push your tile mosaic into the mixture allowing the excess to fill the space between the tiles. There is no mixing, no waiting between steps, and no tools required. Elexus agrees, this product will get us much closer much faster to covering the world in mosaics!