Dario Sogmaister, artistic stone mosaicist since 1995. Italy

Talent is definitely a quality through which creativity is enhanced and made real. Know-how is not only a quality but It is achieved through personal experiences. Creativity means passion for hand-made work and a liability towards others as well.

Imagine we don’t’ know anything about it… can you describe your profession?  

I collect stones myself, I break them, I cut them into many shapes according to the space they fill and fit, so to complete the picture I have sketched.

In time technique has improved as the pieces of stone got smaller and smaller.

What materials do you use?

I use river stones and other local stone.

Who is your ideal client’s profile?

Whoever appreciates my work/my creations/my feelings.

You chose to be a craftsman. How did this decision appear to be an evidence to you?

It all started in Efeso (Greece) , when I came across a Muse decoration created 3000 tears ago. The masterpiece struck my imagination and inspired my first work.

Would you define your job a passion? What is the best moment you had in your job?

At the beginning It was just passion for hand-craft work. I’ve shaped iron, I’ve carved wood, I’ve worked with pulp-paper but Mosaic is what fulfills me the most. The best moments are when I receive appreciation – understand – respect – compliments for all I do.

In 2004 I was awarded with a “Quality Card” of the Dolomites of Belluno Park, certifying genuine and quality work.

What role do “talent”, “know-how” and “creativity” play in your profession?

Talent is definitely a quality through which creativity is enhanced and made real. Know-how is not only a quality but It is achieved through personal experiences. Creativity means passion for hand-made work and a liability towards others as well. 

And what about innovation, what are the changes since you started? Do you use new materials, tools, processes, marketing.  What’s the impact of innovation on your performances? How could your profession be more innovative?

I use simple material (stone) and I use simple tools (hammer – pincers). In time I’ve changed technical products and specific highlighting products for stone. I’ve worked out a catalogues, visiting card, a web site and a Facebook connection. My Mosaics represent ancient masterpieces, foreshortenings, landscapes,pictures from my territory, holy images, animals, famous artists’ pictures, daily life – I also carve stones and create a mosaic within. Innovation also comes from customers’ needs and request.   

Where and how long did you train before you were ready for creating your business? Imagine that you want to invite young generations to choose your profession, what would be your message to them?

I’ve attended no mosaic school. I’ve received good teaching from my own errors. I still learn and improve with pleasure. I’ve studied famous artists and their masterpieces. I compel myself to capture movement, colour, meaning, symbolism, feelings and much more. I always invite young people to bring out their talent more and more and not to stop with just school technique achievement.

I believe that school is fundamental for culture and acknowledgment but each one of us should bring out ones own talent. 

In Conclusion, describe a meaningful experience or a personal reflection that you would like to share with us and explain why.

I’ve had the opportunity of many positive and lovely experiences. I feel lucky having met with simple people owing huge artistic know-how and capability; talented people who could take part of any remarkable exhibition (Paris-Milan-Rome). It’s significant and of major importance the meeting with different people and with their different inborn artistic passions and talents. 

 

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