Just got back from teaching 10 FABULOUS woman the art of mosaics. I am going to try to blog about all 10 dresses but, I am going to begin with the ones I have the most to say about their process. After all this is a “teaching moment” that I would like to share.
Diana brought to class her “palette” of goodies and wanted this MONA LISA she found to be the focus for her story, (more on that a bit later). She also had this china plate of Venice, Italy which was where I suggested she begin. Once I showed her my secret technique of cutting a china plate ( which you will be able to purchase soon with my other online classes), she then constructed her visual story around this scene of Venice. Diana began her process by placing all of the pieces back together, but as she moved from her left brain into our right creative side, well this is where the “magic” began! The underskirt took on a life of its own, adding bits and pieces from her “palette” to be incorporated within the plate to support the feel of her Italian theme.
Getting back to her central image- this MONA LISA pin. Of course, she had to build an entire story around her focal piece, and keep in mind- sometimes it is easier to build that story away from the dress to be added later. ( good eyes, yes, those are my crystal wands that I will be selling in my “SHOP”, message me if interested)
What makes my teaching of mosaics so unique is how I layer of all sorts of unusual materials to create depth and interest. On this dress, Diana used her urchin spikes to create texture around the neck, to echo the feel of an Elizabethan collar. Brilliant Diana!
Lets get back to “Mona Lisa” and where she ended up living on this dress. Well of course, on the waist above the Venice plate as her main focus. LOVELY!
Yes, I would love to send all of my student’s home with a completed dress, that is the goal. But, in Diana’s case, after 4 intense days where I couldn’t even get her to leave her piece to eat lunch… Well, she really needed a break, so that she could come back to her piece with fresh eyes. The last 2 elements she completed before heading home was the harlequin bodice and the Elizabethan looking sleeves made from red beads.
Can’t wait to see Diana’s finished dress. BTW, she is already signed up to make another one at my Dallas workshop in March, and sorry that workshop is SOLD OUt!