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Simply the Breast 2012 Raising funds for Breast Cancer Network Australia

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Meet Queenie!   breast cancer_torso_ozmosaicsI simply had to participate in Simply the Breast 2012.  So many of us are connected to someone special /families, who has been involved some way with breast cancer.

My good friend and mosaic addict mate Margaret Johnson told me about the fundraiser, one day when she attended our Tuesday Mosaic Addicts Day. 

Margaret had already volunteered to decorate a torso with mosaic for this fundraiser in October 2012 and was buying tiles and wanting mosaic advice on the best way to prepare the paper mache torso before applying the mosaic art decoration.
I felt drawn to the cause and wanted to participate so Margaret organised for me to receive a torso.

I will be away whilst the fundraiser function is held but Margaret has kindly offered to collect my mosaic torso from OzMosaics studio this week and deliver it to the committee etc.  Thanks Margaret, and I can't wait to see your Wonder Woman mosaic torso. I know it will be very special and will have great attention to detail, the lucky purchaser will have a  beautiful artwork by you.

I didn't have time to completely cover my torso in mosaic (my 3-D class students will understand my passion for cement rendering with special mosaic effects!) I decided to do a very funky mosaic with pink mosaic flowers etc and 3-D (of course!).

Using the wonderful Laticrete products I was easily able to apply the flowers, wine bottle, tea lids (on a very curvy surface)!
Thinset, waterproof membrane and epoxy made the mosaic come alive in a very short time. 

Thanks to Popette (aka Maureen) who dropped in and helped me get it started and stayed late one night last week, I truly appreciate my mosaic friends and mosaicking mum!  We did have some good laughs, which is really great medicine and therapy all round, not matter what's going on in our lives.

torso mosaic_art_australia_teapot_lidsSo, getting back to the fundraiser:
My artwork is number L4 if you wish to bid on the mosaic sculpture at auction time or silent auction bidding.

The exhibition opening and auction is Saturday 27th October 2012, commencing at 6.00 pm.
Cost $50 per head.
Tickets will be on sale at Tugun Surf Club from October 1st.
Limited entry is available so don't miss out, get your tickets early.
Your ticket includes entry to this unique event, canapes and wine or beer.
Prizes will be presented before start of auction.
All entries will be exhibited, an auction of special pices created by guest artists will take place, all other works will be sold by silent auction.

If you are unable to attend the cocktail party and auction, invite your friends to an afternoon viewing where you can view all the entries and artworks on show, and take the opportunity to cast your vote for People's Choice Award.

Categories are: 
Best professional artist, best public entry, Young Artist Award (student), Environmental Awareness Award, People's choice award.
I wish all the artists success, I didn't even realise there were awards until I filled in the info form, I made this mosaic simply to help with the fundraising.
mosaic art_for_sale_giftThis art exhibition wil be held in October 2012 in conjunctin with the Turn Tugun Pink and Mini-Field of Women events. The works will be on public display at The Pines Shopping Centre in the week leading up to the events from 22nd to 26th October, where the public will have the opportunity to vote on the People's choice award.

There will be art works form professional artists, talented crafts people and breast cancer survivors;  "Simply the Breast" is very special and for a very special cause!

When I conFRONTed the paper mache brown torso, I was not really inspired as I had lots of projects and workshops on the go and was really squeezing the artwork into an already overflowing schedule.  Inspiration hit when the owner of Queenie's Traditional  teashop (Nundah) dropped in a huge box of tea pot lids in various sizes, that she had been collecting over many years.  I was so excited when Dave showed me the mosaic "loot" and instantly knew the lids had to be part of the fundraising torso!  Thank you Queenie's teashop!

pearls-mosaic-jewellery-artMy mosaic torso depicts a lspecial lady who has survived breast cancer, with all of it's huge challenges, emotionally and physically.

She holds her head high and is determined to beat breast cancer and keep up her feminine side, with her sparkly jewellery and lots of pink flowers all through her house! 
Mosaic addicts in my online groups all share the joy of mosaics and often refer to kindness and caring as mosaic pink light.  So all this seemed very appropriate for my mosaic fantasy lady.

The teapot lid on one breast can be used for hanging necklaces, as can all the other teapot lids on the artwork.   It must have been "a bummer" when all the teapots broke but the teapot lids certainly are useful stuck on Queenie's back and bottom... perfect to hang jewellery and more!

I like to make weird and wonderful mosaics which are great conversation points and also useful in some way, rather than simply decorative.

This gorgeous gal doubles up as a jewelllery organiser!  Hang your bracelets, necklaces, earrings, put precious trinkets, coins, rings, keys in the pretty tea cup (another gift from Queenies!).

Put her on a lazy susan and you can spin her around!  She would be fun in your business, especially if you have a waiting room or people waiting to be served.  She would be a point of interest or be gorgeous in your boudoir or as a fun decoration in your home.  What about the perfect gift for someone who has everything?  They won't have a Pink Queenie!
Fill the teacup with a scented candle or chocolates, or floating flowe...perhaps some pot pourri!

The pink corsage flowing over one breast and down her back and waist represents the pink breast cancer ribbon.  Women are beautiful on the inside and it's more important on how you feel and think than how you look, but it's also important to feel special, pretty and feminine and a touch of lippy, a nice outfit, a little bling and good friends, family, counselling and community support, plus wonderful doctors and nurses/therapists - hugs and kisses and kindness....

We wish everyone who is recovering or having treatment for breast cancer good health and happiness - to their carers, family and friends we wish you love and comfort.  May you heal and be well.  The more donations and public awareness for breast cancer screening and self-examination on a regular basis, the more research that is done, the more survivors of breast cancer we will have.

Take care, be happy and donate or attend the auction if you can!

breast cancer_art_mosaic_brisbane_ozmosaicsHave a positive pink attitude!
This mosaic chic might have had a mascectomy, but she rocks! Here she uses the Handy Sandy (attend a mosaic workshop to find out more about chatting on the phone and making mosaics!)....  Here Queenie shows how useful she is, wearing and storing all your special jewellery! 
Give someone a pink hug today! hugs from  Sandy Robertson, OzMosaics Mosaic Diva!

 materials used: china, teapot, teapot lids, pink tulle, vitreous mosaic tile available at Studio OzMosaics webshop, Laticrete cement, grout, thinset and epoxy.  Solver Slate Sealer, ceramic tile, wine bottle, ceramic flower, cement flowers made in moulds, nail polish, pearls, old picture frame for neckware, teacup, clear liquid nails, shells etc.


Method: Direct method - push in - tinted thinset.  Gloss sealer applied.
Learn to mosaic at Studio OzMosaics- more than a beginning, it's an experience to take you on a lifetime of mosaic making and it's GOOD FOR YOU!   Sandy has been teaching the art of mosaics for over a decade and her passion for mosaics has never dimmed, the flame gets brighter every day!

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