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Use Me, Please! with Kim Wozniak

Workshop Description

There are those materials that speak to us in an inviting and come-hither voice. Whether you found it on your evening walk, or it enticed you to buy it, for some inexplicable reason you just had to have it. Somehow it spoke to you. Inspired you. You brought it home with the intent of becoming an integral part of a future project, but it just sits there, waiting, begging. Use Me! Please! This workshop will help you become part of the conversation and listen to the siren’s voice of your materials

Join Kim for a spontaneous, fun filled and technique mastering workshop. We begin the workshop with a presentation about contemporary mosaics, a snap shot of the art form and a look at artists who work with a wide range of materials..

For your mosaic project you will begin with an anchor element(s) from your personal collection. Respecting our substrate size anchor elements should be no larger than 4" diameter or can be a smaller unique items you have collected multiples of; some examples include rocks and minerals, geodes, tortillas, crockery, plates, shells, keys or other metal objects. You can have more than one anchor element, maybe it’s two things that you like together. Kim will work individually with each student to spontaneously develop an artwork that integrates those bits you love! There will be lots of collaboration, experimentation and glee along the way.

If you own a hammer and hardie please feel free to bring it along with all your other favorite hand tools. We will have several other tools at your disposal for training and use: wet saw, band saw, tile cutters and grinders. Use of these tools will allow you to experience and process materials in new ways.

Students are asked to bring some of their favorite materials, things that may compliment your anchor elements, but please DO NOT purchase additional materials for this workshop, use up what you have that’s the point! Maverick Mosaics will supplement with a generous selection of glass products, stone, found objects and doo dads. We also ask students to bring one pound of materials to be donated to the “community supply table”, making for a rich selection of materials to choose from. Included in the supply fee are adhesives (Weldbond, gray or white thin-set and silicone) and an EZ Mosaic frame substrate measuring 11” x 14”. If you wish to work on a larger size or different shape surface please bring your own substrate. EZ Frames are lightweight aluminum frames with minimum reveal, 1/4" Wedi board, t-nut fasteners and D-ring mounting system. Perfect for this project and ready to hang!

Kim will also bring a selection of Mexican smalti and tortillas for sale from smalti.com

This is a creatively diverse and technically rich workshop. Some mosaic experience helpful.

About Kim Wozinak: Owner of WitsEnd Mosaics and Smalti.com, Kim Wozniak is trained in art and architectural design, and has found her voice in mosaics. After leaving the corporate world Kim reclaimed her creative spirit by combining her love of art and building materials. Her rule-breaking style was quickly recognized in the mosaic community and has lead her to create both public and private installations throughout the United States, and her fine art mosaics are exhibited internationally. Kim was one of three Americans representing the United States in Ravenna, Italy at the prestigious 2011 juried biennial exhibition: RavennaMosaico – Works of the World. She has studied the medium of mosaics with masters from Italy, Mexico and the US. Her work has been featured in several publications including The Craft Report, Breakout, Mosaic Art Abstracts and many other publications.

Kim and Mavericks owner, Bonnie Fitzgerald, will be spending the month of July 2017 together working as Artists in Residence in Listowel, Ireland. Bet they share LOTS of stories, and learning, during workshop hours!

This workshop will be held at the Vienna Art Center, 115 Pleasant Street, NW, Vienna, VA


Workshop Details

Tuition: $365 • $60 separate Supply Fee includes your EZ Frame, a $48 value


Workshop Date/Time:

Weekend workshop, December 2 & 3, 2017, 10am-5pm both days.