Mosaic is the art of connecting broken pieces to form a new design. I use mosiacs to connect with the countries I live in, practicing and teaching the art to those around me to connect with people and enable others to connect with eachother.
Turkey community mosaic
Turkey community mosaic

Community Art is the way to go!

In September 2020 I was rewarded the Robin Brett Scholarship 2020 of SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists) This recognition filled me with a lot of pride and the comments the two Jurors wrote gave me a lot of support for my work as a community artist.

When traveling is responsible again I will be interning with the “community arts and empowerment project in Watsonville California. Here is their website:

Refugee Community Mosaic film recognized at 13th ICCM conference in Oct 2017

What comes to your mind when you hear mosaic? Was the theme for a  call for videos by ICCM (International Committee on the Conservation of Mosaics) in January 2017. It inspired me to use the material, photos and quotes from participants of the refugee community mosaic project back in 2015 to make a short video about the project.

In April my suggestion for the video was selected. In June 2017, one month before the deadline to submit the film, endless hours being drawn into the project that became live again on my computer screen passed making the film. I received great help from friends editing text, speaking the quotes in arabic, organizing the agreement of the participants to show their pictures.

When I got the audio file with a music from Shalan Alhamwy that originally was not composed for the film and putting it into the program it immediately fitted the scenes on the images. As if the music was composed especially for this video. This was amazing.

In August to my surprise the video got selected to be shown at the conference in Barcelona amongst 15 videos about mosaic heritage conservation. This was the decisive moment for me to by my ticket to Barcelona to take part in the conference on mosaic heritage preservation. (13th ICCM conference Barcelona 2017)

A lot of positive comments from the 250 participants from 35 countries reached me during this week 15-20. Oct 2017.

At the end of the conference the video was recognized with the “coup de coeur” prize.

Seeing the film on a big screen in the auditorium was amazing. Have a look yourself!

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