CMS Student Michelle Kristula-Green tells us about her “Contrast Without Color” Workshop with Toyoharu Kii

March 1, 2019
Tell us how and when you originally found CMS, and what keeps bringing you back? 

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.
What motivated you to study with this particular artist? 
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.
What is your biggest takeaway (or lessons learned) from this Visiting Artists Workshop? 
This can include personal growth, concepts you explored, etc.
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

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