‘Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.’
Matsuo Basho 1644 – 1694
A perfect quote for this type of work, however hard we try we will never be able to make an exact replica of an original Roman mosaic. What we should do is understand how they worked, then through our own experience understand why they worked the way they did. Can you look at an open space and see in your minds eye a mosaic floor in that space? Can you see the patterns, the colours?