Sophia Othman Mosaics

Mosaic Art & Concrete Sculpture

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Dragonflies have enchanted me all my life.  Their iridescent wings, their magical flight patterns, jagged, powerful for such a small creature, and yet still elegant.  They are formidable predators in the insect world, gorgeous yet deadly.  They eat mosquitoes so they are an important part of the natural abatement for mosquitoes and other flying biting insects we don’t find very beautiful.

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The greens grays and browns of this garden mosaic rock seat blend gently with a natural setting.  The glass and iridescence add a touch of magic to the art piece.  The pebbles add a grounding element to the mosaic’s design.

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Mosaic Studio Tools

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iridescent stained glass, vitreous glass, pebbles, shells, mirror, and small glass bead tesserae mimicking sedimentary rock layering.

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tree of life in all its glorious swirliness

Robert Semple Elementary hosts an annual Art Day where artists are invited to visit the school, show and tell about their art, and offer hands-on experiences in making mosaic art.  The students in Ms Masters’ classroom and Ms MacIntosh all participated in piecing the glass gem circles for the Tree of Life design I brought for them to play mosaic with. They also pieced the trunk of the tree with browns, reds, copper, and golden colored glass in many shapes resulting in a very pleasing texture and color combination for the trunk of the tree.

The event attracted many Solano County-based artists and it had a very joyful ambiance.  The school had a lot of student-created art permanently installed on it’s walls and in the school garden.  Adrienne Rockwell coordinated the epic event with grace and aplomb, juggling a thousand details and bringing order to chaos to facilitate a delightful and enriching experience for students, staff, and guest artists alike.

 

 

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Every summer the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF) hosts a two-week summer art camp for youth aged 11 to 14 years old.  In 2014 I had the singular fun of teaching mosaic to a delightful group of 30 kids.  They made their own individual mosaics (see below photo gallery).  They also worked as a team to piece a large mosaic of pelicans (see above) which later on was sold on March 15th, 2015 for $3500 to benefit VCAF’s Youth Summer Art Camp Scholarship fund.

 

VCAF is taking applications for this year’s Summer Art Camp – click here for the online application.

 

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The Channel 5 News Story in the Cool School segment

The front page local newspaper story, in the Vallejo Times Herald, about the school mosaic mural.

The designs i printed out for the project were laid out on my workshop floor to figure out how the whole design would work and be able to hold so many individual mosaics (we ended up with 75 animal mosaics). i picked a marine animals theme for the mural to resonate with the existing painted mural art at the school. i chose creatures that are native to this area, in the San Francisco Bay and the Napa River, both swimmers and flying animals. The mermaid seahorses, and flying fish were necessary to add Magic, of course.

The design paper prints were used as a guide for piecing the mosaics when i (and four volunteer helpers of my own) facilitated the mosaic making event for the 60+ families that participated in piecing the mosaics. We had at least 140 people there in one large auditorium because each student had to be there with at least one adult family member. We had many families show up with 3 or 4 family members collaborating on piecing their small animal design that would eventually fit into the overall design for the mural.

For the 2014 Vallejo Open Studios  I hosted an actual open studio and invited the public to help piece the words for the mosaic mural border.  We produced 72 square feet of border mosaic for the Grace Patterson elementary school mosaic mural. Whew! What a day!

 

More photos of the completed mural.