|La Giconda con pane!|
It wasn't an easy project by any means. The main issue that really increased the workload incredibly was that the bread was the wrong size! We had the backing printed up with 10x10cm squares, but it turned out that we could not get that sized bread in the end, so every single piece had to be cut to fit!
|The 6 colours|
It was insane, because of course, the more toasted the bread is, the more likely it is to shatter if you attempt to trim it! Also, the European sliced bread has a sugar content which made it slightly more difficult to work with.
|Me and MoriSanchu at the hotel!|
|Pane di Matera|
The mosaic measured 9m by 11.2m and was composed entirely from edible materials, in deference to the hunger that has been caused by the terrible natural disasters in Japan recently. Even the glue we used to stick the tesserae down was glucose syrup. Once the mosaic was completed, it was left out for the day for the people of Matera to enjoy. We gave out all the remaining bread, and some lovely Matera bread for free for everyone to try. Once we finally got the work together, there was a real carnival atmosphere. Now we have a couple of weeks to wait until the programme is finished and aired in Japan!
Another incredible experience, definitely worthy of the Extreme Housewifery tag!