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 :)
On Friday Dec. 8th 2017, a 3-day story-telling retreat was organized by Sahar El Arishy's 18.213 at Ardi, Dahshur. As part of the retreat, I was invited to give a mosaic workshop to a group of female entrepreneurs for just 3 hours. Despite the tight timing, the atmosphere was great, the mood was very creative and those women created some brilliant pieces in such a short period of time!
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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.
This workshop was a completely new approach to mosaic art. Students were expected to have completed the “Introduction to Contemporary Mosaics” workshop or a similar course in mosaics. They were encouraged to explore with a wide range of material ranging from stones and pebbles to glass and ceramics and were allowed to unleash their creative potential through simple steps that lead them to create a unique piece of abstract art. It was really fun and liberating to see my students create genuine pieces of art that they created themselves without any drawing at all!
For some odd reason, the group in this workshop seemed to be leaning towards geometrical styles in their designs :) It was a little bit of a challenge to interpret it into mosaics, but the results were very pretty!