Year of the Forest

International Mosaic Exhibition 2011 - Exhibitors

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Michelle Wilcox * Highly Commended *

Artist Statement - Once Upon a Time

I have been inspired by the work of the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones and this piece is a reference to our 'inner landscape' and the importance of the forest environment in our folk/fairy tale tradition. This mosaic is made using a mixture of stained and kiln formed glass pieces.

Contact Details: michelle.wilcox@live.co.uk

Steve L Wrightson

Artist Statement - Secret Squirrel

Is made from clipped fragments of vitreous glass mosaic tiles, applied fancy mosaic glass shapes & nuggets with glazed clay butterflies, leaves & flower heads. There is also the addition of beach combed, sea turned pottery which has been purchased from fellow beach combers & collected by myself & my sister from the beautiful beaches of Fife in Scotland. This assemblage of mosaic & mixed media items has then been decorated & embellished with gloss green enamel, gold leaf, prismatic glitter, faux cabochons, faux pearls & rhinestones.
Where I live in Fife there are stretches of rich, deep forests & wonderful coastlines; my family & I when out walking through these forests are occasionally gifted with magical sightings of the incredibly enigmatic & cute red squirrel. Peering down from the tree top canopies & branches these little squirrels watch you for a little while with intent curiosity before vanishing into the depths of the trees. So for the 2011 The Year of the Forest exhibition I instantly thought of the shy & secretive red squirrel as my inspiration.
With “Secret Squirrel” I sourced sea turned pottery which has been decorated with ferns & flowers, coloured in greens & splashes of blue, along with sea turned pottery coffee pot & tea cup handles which look like tree branches & ivy vines. My usage of this pottery, green & blue mosaic media, along with gold decorated glass & gold leaf was to create an impression of a red squirrel hiding in the forest tree tops, hidden slightly by the thick foliage with the blue skies & rays of golden sunshine flickering & shinning through the leaves & gaps in the tall canopy.

Contact Details: koidragons@yahoo.co.uk

Adele Zaslawska

Artist Statement - Bird, Snake & Animal Head

Forests and the incredible diversity of animal life that they support are the inspiration for my imaginary forest creatures.
I hope my quirky mosaics make you smile. To make them I’ve salvaged and rehabilitated old cups and saucers from a bygone way of life that no longer exists. I hope we can save our forests from a similar extinction.

Contact Details: azaslawska@aol.com

Michelle Milton

Artist Statement - Humming Bird

Hummingbirds are a beautiful native of the rainforest and my inspirtation came from a poem by Keats. The opening line is 'What is more gentle than a wind in summer?' and that is what I have called my piece.

Contact Details: miltmchl@hotmail.co.uk

Helen Nock

Artist Statement - Tree Seed

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Contact Details: c/o opusmosaic@btconnect.com

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