Two views of same butterfly mosaic to show reflection and iridescent stained glass
The Piedmont High School graduating class of 2020 wanted to leave a positive mark of hope and beauty. The design theme we developed for the project was of a swarm of huge glass mosaic butterflies flying off into the future.
Butterflies as symbols of transformation through the COVID19 pandemic & 2020 California Wildfires – students grow through adversity and fly into a brighter future
The students are all graduated and on to new wonderful endeavors. They wanted the mosaic mural to represent transformation and evolution through the time of COVID19 and a brutal wild fire season in California. So positive transformation out of calamitous change was a fitting healing design theme for responding to the fires as well.
A ribbon of cut mirror mosaic gracefully ties the butterflies together and provides a frame for the words.
full scale print drawing of butterfly mosaic mural elements by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist
Glass Butterfly with iridescent lime green & teal & turquoise glass
The mural will be installed on it’s concrete wall in March, 2022. Here are images of the mosaic making process. My dog, Jasmine, enjoys modeling for me. Here she is a butterfly dog.
Glass Butterfly Mosaic – dog butterfly
Jasmine is the CMO – Chief Morale Officer for my mosaic art studio
This stained glass is iridescent at one angle and a gorgeous teal color without iridescence at other angles – magical
This mosaic butterfly has long trailing swallow tails
Detail of the smooth glossy glass surface and iridescent glass
Iridescent cobalt blue mosaic butterfly
Iridescent cobalt blue mosaic butterfly – Jasmine dog supervising
Iridescent cobalt blue Cobalt blue iridescent mosaic butterfly – Jasmine dog taking a break
Iridescent green butterfly wings and a gorgeous turquoise to frame it.
I love the iridescence on the lower wing and the sharp contrast of lime green against dark turquoise
Here is how it all begins with a printed full scale design on paper. Here are a few pics of the process of making mosaics – the mosaic mural is entirely pieced in the studio before installation.
Adjusting the full scale print before cutting glass for the mosaic
Fiberglass mesh is used to glue the glass mosaic pieces onto
Here the entire mosaic mural is sectioned up into small sections like a puzzle for transport to the installation site. I have 2 sections side by side and another layer on top for each wood board. The wood protects the glass pieces from bending and breaking during transport to the mosaic mural installation site.
Sections of the mosaic mural packed carefully and labeled so that they are easy to locate on the installation day.