Mosaic Words

kathryn portelli   the mosaic words artist
UM       Encouraging our three childrens' creativity has been an
enjoyable task.  They have offered helpful input as characters in a
few child friendly projects.  At seven years old, they each made a
colourful beach, dinosaur and family car mural for the studio.

2013 xmas    jester boy    kids work 
ORIGINAL   Commissioned one-off custom pieces, large or small,
in varying styles make up the majority of the artist's output.
Projects are designed from the clients' desire to obtain a high
quality mosaic art piece with their own personal ideas realised.

Sacred Heart College mural by Kathryn Portelli    wedding pot    memorial tile   
CULPTURE  3 dimensional projects involve custom applications -
covering found objects (old and new), use of self supporting light
weight honeycomb board, sand-formed substrates of cementitious
glue or concrete, polystyrene carving, thinset layering with mesh,
foam core board and even the inclusion of LEDs for
Suspension     art4ashes 'what if' lit      ANGEL Kathryn Portelli

FIRST PRIZE for 'Strata Tower' - MAANZ 2008 Exhibition
      A Strata Title apartment block sculpture containing a Quick
      Response code tile that can upload a website to a mobile phone.
HIGHLY COMMENDED for 'Daffodil Spirits in Karnivale Mood' -
      2008 Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Exhibition, the inaugaral event.
TRAVELLING EXHIBITION for 'Can Can Cancer gracilis' - 2010
      MAANZ 30:30 Vision - Image of work on tour around Germany.
FIRST PRIZE for 'TIME Vessel' -
Ceramicsand Mosaics' Time Competition 2010, 
       judged online by Martin Cheek, pro mosaicist living in the UK.
"Kathryn has set herself the challenge of portraying all of life's achievements and failures in this one piece.
At first glance I though I was looking at two interlocking rings - but further inspection shows it to be a
Mobius strip.
The eternal tube DOES suggest biology / chemistry and indeed MATTER that makes up life itself, especially if one
imagines it slowly spinning around.  I love rich colours and the subtle gradations from green to blue to purple and
red to orange to yellow.  This is such a clever and pleasing piece and answers the brief perfectly." - Martin Cheek.

TIME Vessel in the natural environment
Regional Arts Australia Volunteer Award Outstanding Contribution
for the Black Saturday Memorial in Kyneton.  Over 600 hrs were donated. 2010
MEMBERS CHOICE for 'Earth Rise' in CMA's online comp 'Home' 2014.

Sharon Nelson AWARD for Contemporary Art - for 'Earthrise' -
      2014 Heathcote Artists Inc Annual exhibition. 

Chapter One Kathryn Portelli  
HIGHLY COMMENDED for 'Chapter One'  -
          MAANZ Verse, Verve and Shards exhibition at Montsalvat, Eltham 2015

IMAGES  Transferred photos are used in projects to expand a
story's theme.  Here the helping hands contain materials that are
nestled in the central mosaic.  Titled 'Together', this small mural
aided Doctors Without Borders as part of a fundraising auction. 

kathryn hand hand to tile pearshaped  
Kathryn's hand, transferred to tile and placed within the group of caring helpers. 

CLASSES   Artanica's Master Class workshop participants in April

2009 on Mount Macedon produced gumleaf tiles filled with semi-
precious gems, glass and shells, each reflecting their maker's
individuality, personality and favourite colour scheme choices.
For further information, please see
CLASSES or email Kathryn.
leaf tile     workshop participants     paua and lapis lazuli inlayed leaf

Kathryn Portelli            0407 887 498              email

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