MOSAIC WORKSHOPS WITH EMMA BIGGS + SUZANNE SPAHI IN AUGUST 2015 @ PAMELA IRVING STUDIO + GALLERY

The PAMELA IRVING STUDIO + GALLERY is very proud to present three wonderful workshop opportunities for Australian mosaic artists and enthusiasts in August 2015.

Your tutors are:

The amazing Emma Biggs and talented Suzanne Spahi.

EMMA BIGGS

Emma Biggs is from London, UK. She is one of the founders of the renowned Mosaic Workshop, the largest mosaic studio in Britain. She has authored and co-authored many books on mosaics. She also makes collaborative paintings with her husband, the well-known art critic Matthew Collings (presenter of the UK television Channel Four’s Turner Prize programme).

www.emmabiggsmosaic.net

SUZANNE SPAHI

Suzanne Spahi is from Montreal, Canada. In her personal works, Suzanne specializes in interpreting antique oriental rugs in miniature mosaics. Such decorative works take between five and nine months to make. This subject matter came to her naturally, as she is a fan of elaborate rugs and has always had a desire to own the most famous antique ones. So now she weaves her personal stories in mosaic.

www.suzannespahi.com

Workshop # 1

MINIATURE MOSAICS WORKSHOP by Suzanne Spahi

A TRIBUTE TO HUNDERTWASSER

Learn the fine art of working miniature mosaics using Mexican smalti. Suzanne will transmit her precise techniques for working on small and intricate mosaics according to the works of Hundertwasser. It is the same technique she uses for oriental mosaic rugs. You can see them at:  www.suzannespahi.com

You will learn the skill of how to use the wheeled nipper to do precision cuts into small pieces that are 3mm squares and 3x5mm rectangles. You will get to combine some bigger pieces to bring balance to the work visually. You will be working the ‘Mosaika Method’ on the sticky film over an intricate pattern design and will be guided constantly on the working method. Suzanne will pass on all her little tricks of her trade! The last day of the class you will learn the delicate process of transferring the mosaic onto the wood surface and the special coloured glue recipe. Mastering the transfer process took Suzanne 5 years! The mosaics are decorative for hanging and involve no grouting as the small pieces would loose their charm with grout.

 DETAILS:

Location : Pamela Irving Studio + Gallery

68 Patterson Rd, Bentleigh 3204

Melbourne, Australia.

Ph 03 9557 2688

DATES:

Friday 7th  August 2015        6.30 – 8 pm

Saturday 8th August 2015    9.30 – 4.30 pm

Sunday 9th  August 2015      9.30am – 4.30 pm

Cost: $360 + gst

Materials: $30  + gst

Total cost of this workshop $429 including gst

To ENROLL please email Pamela Irving with your contact details (including your name, email address, and contact phone number) and title of the workshop you wish to do.

pamela.irving@bigpond.com.au

Payments can be made by VISA, MASTERCARD or DIRECT DEBIT

Workshop Option:  #2 with EMMA BIGGS

MOSAIC PATTERN AND VISUAL COMPLEXITY

This course asks students to look at how pattern is used in mosaic. We discuss its role in aesthetic concerns: color, tone, texture & reflectivity, but also in conceptual ones – the way ideas repeat and become patterns themselves.

The aim of the course is to make every student freer as an artist by doing something really difficult: having a long, close examination of his or her work. It involves putting under the microscope all the internal contradictions there may be – to give a practical example, framing a mosaic. What does it mean when a mosaic that is about texture, and surface properties of material and mortar, is bounded by a rectangular wooden frame? Do those two sets of ideas – material and mortar, and the conventions of framing a painting, which after all is quite different from a mosaic – enrich one another when they are combined, or do they confuse the message? There’s no right answer, but there is an urgent need for the mosaic artist to realize it is a question they need to ask — just one of potentially thousands of such questions.

Why? Well, for work to have real impact, the artist needs to know what he or she is attempting in order to deliver it effectively. This is more important than technique unless the work is ABOUT technique. It is liberating to realize that not every work needs to strive to include everything – it just needs to deliver one thing very well.

DETAILS:

Location : Pamela Irving Studio + Gallery

68 Patterson Rd, Bentleigh 3204

Melbourne, Australia.

Ph 03 9557 2688

DATES:

Wednesday 26th August 2015     6.30 – 8 pm

Thursday 27th August 2015         9.30 – 4.30 pm

Friday 28th August 2015              9.30am – 4.30 pm

Cost: $360 + gst

Materials: A small materials levy will be confirmed soon.

To ENROLL please email Pamela Irving with your contact details and title of the workshop you wish to do.

@ pamela.irving@bigpond.com.au

WORKSHOP OPTION #3 with EMMA BIGGS

COLOUR AND MOSAIC: HOW IT WORKS AND WHY IT MATTERS

Colour is like a language. Because we can all identify colours, we assume it’s one we all speak. When learning a new language, we know how to communicate to some degree once we’ve grasped a few rules, but in order to convey meaning at greater depth, it’s important to keep working at it, and the more you work, the more you comprehend, and the more you realise there is to know. In mosaic making, tone is the most important principle to grasp. Hue, intensity, reflectivity of surface, texture, contrast and mode of laying all have a role to play in how colour conveys its meaning, but understanding how tone works is the key to using colour really effectively. Students at all levels should be able to take away something new from this course.

We will begin with a powerpoint presentation. We will look at images both of mosaics, and the environment – photos of landscapes — both urban and rural. The idea is to train the eye to see what it really sees, and to stop the mind getting in the way and sending the eye false messages. We will begin the practical work with colour exercises, and then work on individual pieces to see how to apply the principles in practice. If the group would like to do so, we can finish with a very short powerpoint presentation designed to sum up the lessons of the day.

The fascination of colour doesn’t run out. The more you know about it, the more you understand how much there is to know.

​​​DETAILS:

Location : Pamela Irving Studio + Gallery

68 Patterson Rd, Bentleigh 3204

Melbourne, Australia.

Ph 03 9557 2688

DATES:

Friday 28th August, 2015            6.30pm – 8pm

Saturday 29th August, 201          9.30am – 4.30pm

Sunday 30th th August, 2015       9.30am -4.30 pm

Cost: $360 + gst

Materials: A small materials levy will be confirmed soon.

To  ENROLL please email Pamela Irving with your contact details  (name, email address and contact phone number) and title of the workshop you wish to do.

@ pamela.irving@bigpond.com.au

Payments can be made by VISA, MASTERCARD + DIRECT DEBIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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