Spiky, Pokey, Shardy: Shag Rug Mosaic with Margo Anton
Session 15: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
8:00am – 5:00pm
Price: $355 (includes $45 materials fee)
Non-traditional use of smalti is all the rage! Learn how to create fun colourful smalti “shag” mosaic in this hands-on, full day workshop. The day begins with a comprehensive lecture and slide show on the “whys and wherefores” of smalti, followed by an examination of suitable bases, adhesives, and design possibilities for this technique. The cutting of the matchstick sized “shags”, a process that requires some finesse and precision, will be demonstrated, and practiced. Shag rug mosaic has its own laying style and andamento technique that is both fascinating and complicated. Margo will show you how to navigate the various decisions required for each section and piece. Expect lots of great tips on how to both create your piece and make it even more interesting. Class participants will receive individual attention as they work on a 4” by 4” smalti shag rug style mosaic. Those students who do not finish will leave with materials to finish their project. A course outline will be provided, and students will depart with the skills to make creative shag rug style mosaics on their own. This course will particularly benefit those students of all levels who want to try working with smalti, learn to cut more precisely, or want to learn a crazy, unusual, spiky type of mosaic. Students in this workshop will be provided with all materials except wheeled glass nippers, tweezers, and protective eyewear. Please bring your favourites of these items to the workshop.
Margo Anton has been working as a professional mosaic artist for over a decade, creating fine art mosaics, mosaic jewelry, and teaching classes. She has exhibited artwork in her native Canada, the USA, Italy, Ireland, Australia, and in past SAMA exhibitions. When not creating mosaics and mosaic jewelry, she shares her knowledge and love of the mosaic medium by teaching, from regular classes in Canada, to workshops and artist residencies abroad. She has been creating her unique style of mosaic jewelry since 2009 and makes it wherever she goes in her nomadic lifestyle. Her work can be seen at margoanton.com