CMS Student Michelle Kristula-Green tells us about her “Contrast Without Color” Workshop with Toyoharu Kii
March 1, 2019
I found CMS in Spring 2016 when I was looking for a “deep dive” stained glass class. Seeing all the mosaic work (in the gallery and classroom) gave me an appreciation for how versatile and dynamic the medium was. I took my first mosaic class in Feb 2017 and have been going strong ever since.
A few things. First, I love monochromatic work in general. Second, I was inspired by how Kii both plays within the rules and breaks the rules to create work that is unique but totally within the world of contemporary mosaics. Third, I had lived in Japan for many years and was interested in how Kii would incorporate an Asian sensibility into mosaics.
I could write a laundry list of things I learned, but a really big takeaway was :Feel free to really experiment with everything – from the method used to inspire yourself , to what a tesserae shape is to how you put it all together – don’t be afraid to try something new.
“人 (A Person) Cannot Be Constrained”, 2018
Sign up for Kii’s “Contrast Without Color” Workshop beginning June 19th! Click here for workshop information.