Non-traditional use of smalti is all the rage! Learn how to create fun colourful smalti “shag” mosaic in this hands-on, two day workshop. The first 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 it’s 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 15cm by 15cm (or similar) shag rug style mosaic in smalti. Those students who do not finish will leave with materials to finish their project. 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, to learn to cut more precisely, or to explore a crazy, unusual, spiky type of mosaic.