I've always been facsinated by the unusual materiels that artists use to make mosaics. Afterall, a mosaic is simply described as "small units which make up a whole". Many artists take that quite literally and that is where the fun begins.
My students at Cape Cod Community College have surprised me throughout the years. I had one student make a mosaic out of M&M candies. Another delighted her classmates with a mosaic brownie, which we greedily consumed after her presentation ( I had to give her an "A" for that one! )
While surfing the web I have come across a mosaic artists whose medium include food and other things. Albania based artist Saimir Strati uses industrial nails, toothpicks, and cork in his magical mosaics. Roger Rocha works in jellybeans. New Orleans resident Stephan Wanger has discovered his artistic side by using thousands of Mardis Gras beads as his medium, creating some of the most amazing murals in the city. Finally, Colorado artist Jaon Baalman's Cheeto's mosaics are something to grab attention in the art world.