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BRUHN Ro, AUSTRALIA: Mosaic Madness

Ro Bruhn lives in Victoria and runs workshops from her home, Interstate and Overseas. She worked as a graphic designer for many years before deciding to concentrate on her art and teaching full time. Ro works in many mediums including painting, textiles, jewelry making, fabric journals and mosaics. Most of her work involves using recycled or repurposed materials in some form or other in her art. She has held numerous exhibitions and her work as been published in journals and books, including being one of six artists in Maggie Grey’s Approaches to Stitch.

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Mosaic Madness

This workshop is all about turning broken or unwanted items into sculptural pieces of art. We start by sourcing any interesting bottles, medium to large in size. The exciting part is gathering all your old broken crockery together, this is a good opportunity to ‘accidentally’ drop that piece of china that’s sat in the back of the cupboard, unloved, but saved because dear Aunt Annie gave it to you. Op shops are another great place for interesting finds. Tiles are also useful as long as they aren’t too thick. Polystyrene or small shovel heads will be used for the heads. A small terracotta plate or saucer will provide the base.

Sketching and shaping the body will be the first process, then learning how to manipulate aluminium sheet to form clothing and accessories. We will attach these pieces to the body and wrap the whole assembly ready to take the broken crockery.

Cutting the china into random or uniform shapes, selecting patterned pieces for features and trims and utilising cup handles and bases for details, all help to make your finished piece unique.

You don’t need to have done mosaics before to attend this class. If you are familiar with mosaics you may be able to bring things to make a larger piece eg. the bird feeder.