Salvaged Treasure Mixed Media Mosaic with Caitlin Hepworth

Three Approaches to Mixed Media Mosaics: Fossick, Salvaged, and Treasure

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Mosaic Arts Online is thrilled to present Caitlin Hepworth’s “Salvaged Treasure Mixed Media Mosaics” online course.

Caitlin’s unique and expressive style of mosaic art comes through in three different approaches of this online course that she calls “Fossick,” “Salvage,” and “Treasure.” Using an array of found and precocious items, Caitlin weaves together stories from different parts of her life to create three different mixed media mosaics based on a different approach.

Caitlin starts with “Fossick,” and shares how going for walks on the beach and hikes (or as Caitlin calls them “bush walks”) can be great places for collecting different objects such as rocks, shells, or stones that bring back memories of experiences. Next, she shares how finding “Salvaged” pieces from old landfills or other abandoned places can help to include amazing history and a vintage look. Lastly, she includes her “Treasure” section which is very special to her. After experiencing a home fire in 2015, Caitlin shares how very sentimental pieces can be used to create a once in a lifetime mosaic that has a story and lasting memories.

Caitlin teaches in depth how to plan your mosaic, how to draw out your andamento, and how to work on a substrate within a frame which gives your piece a completed look. Caitlin shares how to create a value scale with tinted thin set/mortar and how to create a gradation as she works her way up the substrate while creating each mosaic.

This is a very comprehensive course and allows the student to choose one or all of the approaches when learning and creating. If you have been saving found objects from different parts of your life to create unique, lasting, and creative mosaics for telling your stories, then this is the course for you.

This course comes with a PDF of suggested tools, materials, and resources.

"Thank you for such a great course. I love understanding Caitlin's thoughtful approach to each design and her technique of sampling for the thinset choices really resonated with me. I am now gathering my own treasures in one place and contemplating how I might use them. I can see a variety of theme possibilities. I will definitely be referencing the various course sections again." Susan W.

"Wow what a thorough class that is so full of useful information. Caitlin’s processes are meticulous, orderly, and insightful to say the least. I have been collecting odds and ends of “stuff” on my beach walks and vacations for awhile. I look forward to getting into the box to make something. I now have a new way of looking at the collection that hopefully will turn out a piece that will have a cohesive and sensible composition. Thank you." Cynthia H.

"Thank you so much, I have learned a ton and will definitely use these techniques again. Margo V.

Your Instructor

Caitlin Hepworth
Caitlin Hepworth

Caitlin Hepworth is an Australian artist working in contemporary sculptural mosaic. Her work is thematic exploring narratives of regeneration, resilience and transformation observed through environmental and psychological perspectives.

Graduating from the National Art School in 2000 with a BFA in Sculpture, Caitlin went on to complete a Master of Teaching in Visual Arts at USYD graduating in 2002. She has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions including most recently the Waterhouse National Science Prize 2018 and Sculpture at Scenic World 2018. She has twice been a finalist in the Society of American Mosaic Artists Mosaic Arts International Exhibition 2016 & 2017 as well as a finalist in the Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics Chicago ‘Stories we Tell’ exhibition 2017. In 2015 Caitlin was awarded first prize in wall hanging mosaic in the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand National Exhibition.

In 2018 Caitlin was a participant in the 3 rd Symposium of Contemporary Mosaics in Ploaghe, Sardinia, Italy at the invitation of Giulio Menossi. In the same year, she was awarded the SAMA Robin Brett Scholarship which assisted her to study under Verdiano Marzi at the Chicago Mosaic School in May 2019.

Caitlin’s sculptural forms have been described as ‘darkly seductive’ through her manipulation of smalti glass and stone over forms that evoke ceremonial and metaphorical objects. Her forms are created with steel, fibre glass, and cement then married with mosaic application of hand cut tesserae, a process which allows her to imprint uniquely on her material.

Caitlin is the director of Hughes Studio – School of Visual Art and Mosaic in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, NSW, Australia. From here Caitlin teaches mosaic, ceramics and visual arts as well as hosting guest teaches from around the world to facilitate specialty workshops.

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