SOLD OUT – Flippin’ Unglued with John Sollinger
Session 30: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 and Thursday, May 14, 2020, 8:00am – 5:00pm (2 Day)
Note: this is a 2 day workshop
Price: $440 (includes $40 materials fee)
Students with all skill levels will benefit from the challenge of creating a mosaic with Solly’s methods, although prior mosaicking experience with other methods may be disadvantageous! Learn Solly’s signature fluid double-reverse technique, which allows the maker to approach the works beginning with broad strokes (large pieces) followed by gradual refinement (smaller pieces or replacement). The entire mosaic is assembled without adhesive. It is then flipped to expose the backside of the mosaic. An adhesive-covered substrate is laid over the mosaic and then the mosaic (+ substrate) is flipped a second time, exposing the original tesserae surface. A slide presentation, where Solly provides an overview of the technique, will be followed by a brief demonstration and Q&A session. In the remaining time students will practice this method in at least one dry run before making an 8×8 inch (or smaller, if framing desired) mosaic with a simple geometric design (or student’s own design and glass, if desired) using pre-cut stained-glass pieces. This session should particularly benefit those who enjoy stepping outside their comfort zone in search of a new technique that maximizes alterability and spontaneity. For some students, the technique also increases speed, and for most everyone a certain level of suspense prior to adhering the tesserae. Provided materials include pre-cut stained-glass tesserae, simple geometric patterns, substrate and adhesive. Students must bring wheeled glass cutters and tweezers. Stained glass, substrates, hanging hardware, adhesive and paint will be provided.
Solly is an artist and educator, based in Ashland, Oregon, USA. Using his signature double-reverse technique, he produces mosaic wall-hangings that portray the four elements with illusions of depth from chaotically arranged stained glass tesserae. Solly’s visual vocabulary was sculpted by biology and self-study of van Gogh and Monet. He has earned major awards in international, mosaic and all-media competitions, presents at mosaic conferences, and offers workshops at home and overseas. His mosaics have been featured in popular press, coffee-table books, trade journals, art magazines and advertisements for art organizations and competitions. johnsollinger.com