Claudia Bini Modern Mosaic

Claudia Bini

My family comes from Tuscany where it is common to find many paintings in people’s homes and an interest for art; so also in my family. My mother has always been interested in decorative arts. She encouraged me to follow my interest to explore and create by myself and to try different techniques.

I attended the Institute of Art in Monza for a five years education as graphic designer and one year in the faculty of painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. After that, I have been working as freelance with graphical design for advertising for some years.

My first encounter with mosaic was in 1995 when I worked as assistant for a journalist who is active in many fields of decorative arts. She was preparing two handbooks with creative ideas for interior decorations and needed many pieces for the “work in progress” pictures. I got a pair of mosaic nippers, some stripes of glass and a terracotta bowl to cover. That is when the interest for this technique started. I have not stopped cutting, snipping and grouting since then, although in the beginning it was more of a hobby.

I find mosaic the perfect media for my pieces. I like it because is a combination of design project, which varies according to the situation, and manual work that requires some craft skills.

I love to work with my hands, feel the stones and glass shards under my fingers, and grout a surface to unveil the result.

I like to observe with a curious eye what is around me and translate it into mosaic. I have always a camera ready to take pictures. Whenever I draw a preparatory sketch, it is usually inspired from one of my photos. Since 2004 I live in Lund, in the south of Sweden. The position of the town is quite fortunate because it is close to the sea as well as countryside landscapes. Everything is reachable by bicycle, if the weather allows it. It is an inspiring place. Subjects in my works are urban scenes and landscapes I find interesting but my absolute favorite are flowers. Especially orchids… if you have been looking at my portfolio I think you have already noticed.

I love to create pieces for interior as well as garden decoration. I also work on commission and participate in collective and solo exhibitions. Whenever I have the chance, I give courses and workshops for beginners.

I am a member of “BAMM” (British Association for Modern Mosaic) and “Helsingborgs Konstförening” (Helsingborg Art Association)

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