About Me

Interview with Heidi Gouws and Masa (Mosaic Association South Africa)

How long have you been a mosaic artist?

I started around 2008.

Have you attended any classes/workshops?

I started taking mosaic classes at the Piet-My-Vrou studio at The Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, located in Durbanville, and haven’t stopped since. I have also done the following courses.

  • Stained Glass Course – 2007
  • Classes at Piet-my-vrou studio from – 2008
  • Suzanne Earls portrait workshop – 2017

What Inspires you to create mosaic art?

I prefer not to work with tiles, but I have always had an absolute passion for stained glass right from the start. The glass just speaks to you, it tells you what it wants you to do with it. I get my inspiration from any patterns I notice in nature, magazines or my own photos that I snap of anything and everything I find interesting.  I just love taking photos.  Strange and different colour combinations always manage to catch my eye.

What do you hope to achieve with your mosaic art?

To create beautiful images. My life’s philosophy is as follows:

I’m going to make everything beautiful, not only including things, but also relationships and the lives of people I meet.  I’m going to try and live a beautiful life inside and outside.

How would you describe your mosaic style?

I enjoy experimenting with different ideas that can be created using glass.  I also make mobiles and graffiti mosaics.  I like big, impressive pieces, and I’m always trying something new.

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