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Shag Rug Mosaic with Margo Anton

Learn to create the "shag" effect in mosaic art.

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Mosaic Arts Online is thrilled to have Margo Anton back to teach another great online course. Margo is one of the most sought after mosaic art teachers around the world, and a very talented artist. In this course Margo brings her signature technique, “Shag Rug Mosaics” to our online platform for the first time. This technique has only been taught a handful of times, and now it is available for everyone here at Mosaic Arts Online.

Margo’s unique techniques give students a variety of ways to create while learning about cutting skills, color mixing, material choices, and many others. Margo guides you through each step such as starting with the proper frame, choosing substrates, and picking the best adhesives and tools. Next, she discusses design and layout techniques while giving you many tips and tricks for creating the pieces.

After your design is ready, Margo dives in and demonstrates how to process the materials. Working with both Italian and Mexican smalti, she instructs on the many different ways to cut the smalti through the use of three different wheeled nippers. There is no need for a Hammer and Hardie in this course.

Once you have gathered and processed your materials, Margo teaches the ways to create a background and then moves on to instructions for your first “Shag” mosaic. There are three different styles of “Shag” taught in this course, and she will show students how achievable the technique can be. Her techniques progress from simple to more complex, and each of these styles can be used in a multitude of ways. Your imagination is your only limit.

You will have an opportunity to watch Margo work while quiet music plays in the background. We have learned that many students love the opportunity to watch their instructors work and see the choices they make as they create.There are also two sections in this course where Margo shares her larger works in detail. This will inspire you even more as you learn how she created these specific pieces.

A PDF list of tools, materials, and resources, is provided for students that live in North America and Australia.



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Margo Anton
Margo Anton

Just how does someone become a nomadic artist? One's journeys in life often take a rather circuitous route, and mine are no exception. I can probably say this journey began at age 12 when I formed my first company, margOrigami, creating and selling origami earrings.

Fast forward to 1994 and a backpacking trip to Europe that instilled a love of the arts in me. Two years later, I was back to Italy, on an archaeological dig that saw me digging down to mosaics. The travel continued, but a couple years later, I transferred from Classics at university into Commerce.

My stint in the corporate world lasted all of three months, and to say I ran screaming would be understatement. I knew I needed to be doing something creative with my life, and set about figuring out what that might be. My mind eventually came back to mosaic, a dredging up of my Classics past. Was anyone still doing that?

Turned out lots of people were. I researched the field for months before diving in, and from the moment I picked up mosaic cutters for the first time, I was hooked. Within a year I formed my mosaic company, and began teaching classes a year later.

Mosaic also brought travel back into my life after a 5 year hiatus. I found myself headed to a mosaic conference every year hosted by the Society of American Mosaic Artists. Eventually I formed an online mosaic supply retail shop, Mosaic Outpost which I had for about 6 years.

In 2009, I started a new project designed to get my butt back in the studio regularly. The Mosaic a Day blog was the vehicle by which I began creating a small mosaic, five days a week, and sharing it with the world. This blog has ultimately become the showcase for my jewelry AND my travels.

In late April 2014, after a personally difficult couple of years, I sold my house and teaching studio, packed up all my belongings, and decided to travel. No mosaics for me for three months...I needed a break from everything. But mosaic found me whether I wanted it or not. Within 6 weeks, I was busy working on a table top commission in Greece, getting sunstroke and having my skin fall off my fingers from the dodgy, caustic cement. But I was happy. And I did not want to stop travelling.

Returning to my native Canada, I sold all my belongings out of my storage unit (please avoid this at all costs) and went back on the road. I house sat, taught workshops, and always made sure I had somewhere to use as a nomadic studio. I started looking at what was really essential to continue what I do. After several tries, I whittled down my work travel kit to about 7kg (15lbs) of gear. It fits in half of a carry on size suitcase.

I now travel, teach workshops where I can, and occasionally plant for 2-3 months to get some proper work done. I make mostly mosaic jewelry these days. I travel with about 25kg (55lbs) of belongings. I’ve taught in 4 countries, displayed work in 4, and made mosaics in 7. I have friends all over the globe. I haven't had a permanent residence in over a year and a half. I’m drinking a beer in Malaysia as I write this, and I think there are 4 different currencies in my purse. It’s not the life for everyone, but I’ve created it through a crazy journey that I wouldn’t change for a second, and I love it.


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When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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