Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mosaic workshop

I had the pleasure of participating in an educators' workshop at Marwen the first week in July.
We made traditional mosaics and stepping stones for a garden using cement and tile scraps.
I sprinkled mine with small green beads.

Here is an experimental piece with a variety of materials including, beads, metal,
fake gemstones, wood & plastic beads, buttons, and glass tiles

Here are some pieces before adding grout

My neighbor's piece
Another for her son
A few of the stepping stones created during the day

Another teacher's
Adding grout makes a big difference

I learned a variety of things about creating and teaching mosaics,
primarily that if I was to teach mosaics in class,
I would stick to the plain cheap one color tiles like in the Be Nice piece above.
You can find a nice variety of colors in these tiles and it is much easier to grout and clean.
Unlike this experimental piece below.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Nothing's Gonna Change My World

This is the third piece I made for the September 11th Ten Year Anniversary exhibition I am putting together with The FIber Artists for Hope group.
It is inspired by the Beatle's song, Across The Universe.
It includes hand stitching and sequin embellishments.
The background is an image I manipulated in Photoshop
and printed on prepared fabric from Joann's.