A lot of people had been asking me lately why I had stopped offering my mosaic workshops... The answer is that since January 2017 (so for about a year and a half), I had completely devoted my time and efforts to establishing a non-profit mosaic project called Dahshur Mosaics with my wonderful partner Charlotte Sullivan. Now that it's up and running and needs less of our time, I began redirecting my attention to my Abstract Mosaic Workshops. This time, however, I decided to take a daring leap and conduct my workshops from home rather than from art centers around Cairo :)
Since March 2018, I've been involved in the teaching of mosaics to a group of 10 teenage girls at an orphanage in Maadi called Awlady. They have shown their enthusiasm from day one and it's been such a pleasure working with them. We are slowly progressing from very simple designs to more complex ones with more creativity and thought. We hope to eventually be able to display their products and put them up for sale.
If you are interested in organizing a similar workshop, please contact me to discuss the details.
Every 2 years, a mosaic festival takes place in Ravenna, Italy. I had always dreamt of attending one, and I finally made it to this year's one! On October 3rd 2017, I started it off with a 3-day mosaic workshop at Valeria Ercolani's studio. It was lots of fun to try out a new technique of mosaic making and meet new and old friends. Then we began a series of visits to the studios of famous mosaic artists in Ravenna, like Luca Barberini of Koko Mosaico, Luciana Notturni of the Mosaic Art School, and Paulo Raccani to name a few. It was very interesting to see the private studios of these artists and watch how they work.
After my amazing 3-day mosaic workshop at the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli (please refer to previous blog), I began another 3 days of Exhibition and Conference organized by AIMC (the International Association of Contemporary Mosaics) in Spilimbergo, Italy on May 18th 2016. We started the conference with the opening of the exhibition "Mosaic in Contemporaneity" at the Thadea Palace. My pharaonic piece "Musician" was at display in the exhibit along with wonderful artworks from all over the world. All this was documented for us in a beautiful catalogue displaying images of our artwork and biography.
Another mosaic art workshop for beginners took place last month but this time in collaboration with SOMA Art School in Zamalek.
Instead of being a one-day workshop, we extended the workshop over 2 afternoons which allowed us more time to explore and talk about mosaics. Even though most students were still unable to complete their projects, they all got the basic knowledge of mosaic art and left enthusiastic to learn more!
For our morning people, our next workshop at SOMA will take place this month on Sunday the 13th and 20th of December 2015 from 11am - 2pm. Christmas is coming up and what better chance to create your ow...
Martin Cheek, a renowned mosaic artist, came from the UK to Mosaikashop Montreal to give us one of his mosaic art workshops. It was very inspiring to see his work and all the hand-made glass ornaments that he makes himself. Every student had to come to class with his/her prepared drawing. Using a wide variety of mosaic smalti that Mosaikashop provided as part of the workshop, we slowly began to work on our project. The highlight of the workshop were Martin's beautiful collection of hand-made glass ornaments to choose from. Some students had pre-ordered specific designs that Martin created especially for their project. Th...