In this Mosaic Arts Online tutorial with visiting artist Mireille Swinnen, you will be guided through the entire process of creating a micro-mosaic pendant. She will start with an introduction to all the tools, materials, and resources necessary to create this pendant and other micro-mosaic possibilities. The tutorial is broken up into sections to make it easy to complete each step before moving on. You will start with learning how to evaluate and pick the appropriate size pendant for your project. Next you will learn to mix the proper adhesive, and then move on to various ways of cutting the filati glass. She will show you how to use the tools and techniques that are specific to this style of mosaic art. Next, you will learn how to create an inspired landscape scene through specific glass placement. Lastly, you will encounter the many different styles and possibilities for creating micro-mosaics. By the end of this tutorial you will have completed your micro-mosaic pendant and be ready to start wearing it. Included in this online course is a printable PDF with a full resource list of all the tools and materials necessary to complete this project.
Mosaic Arts Online is lucky to have Mireille Swinnen, a world-renowned award winning mosaic artist, as one of the visiting artists sharing their talents and experiences with us. Physically getting to a Mireille Swinnen workshop is challenging for many people since she is now living in Belgium. We at Mosaic Arts Online know it is not the same thing as having the teacher in the same room, but we hope that this “virtual reality” will allow you to get as close as possible. Through this technology, you can learn these tips, tricks, and techniques from one of the best in micro-mosaic pendant creation. Enjoy!
Mireille Swinnen is Belgian by nationality but has lived abroad all her adult life. She currently lives in Belgium next to her studio which has existed since 2006. These past four years, Mireille has lived in Los Angeles where she taught no less than 330 students how to work in 'smalti in a painterly style" specializing in animal and human portraits in the preferred medium of her choice, smalti. Her work has been selected for various shows and exhibits in the US, various SAMA Mosaic International Arts exhibits culminating in receiving "Members' Choice Award" from the SAMA members in 2015. Also on the basis of her CA body of work, Mireille was appointed as the 2014 Artist in Residence at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma WA. In Europe, Mireille organizes international workshops for her students to Venice, Spilimbergo, Rome or France (Paray-le-Monial) bringing much foreign exposure and new techniques to her most dedicated students. But also more and more American and Canadian students find their way to her smalti workshops in Belgium and accompany her on tours. Her latest adventure is entering the world of online teaching, where she can teach her students in Europe and the US with the same effort.