By DANIELLE GALVIN
OUT of her Pakenham studio, mosaic art teacher Belinda Conibeer places dozens of tiny pieces of coloured glass and makes everything from giant butterflies to magnificent mannequins.
She has been teaching art for about seven years prior to her time as a disability support worker.
“I was introduced to mosaics when I was supporting a special needs client at an art class – they were doing mosaics at the time,” she said.
“I fell in love with it – that was over eight years ago.”
From there Belinda fell in love with the art form that demands care and consideration, as well as precision with every piece.
She started up Beliana Mosaics and teaches regularly.
“I also fell in love with using glass and beads and bling, I suppose,” she said.
In her studio she also makes jewellery pieces as well as 3D sculptures, wall hangings and more.
She runs classes at the Beaconsfield Neighbourhood House as well as the factory in Bald Hill Road.
Belinda said she gets a lot out of the classes she runs weekly.
Most people who come have never heard of mosaic art, or aren’t sure exactly what it entails.
“You can tell if someone takes their time with it – when they place it nicely it does look better,” she said.
Through supporting clients with disabilities in art classes for many years, Belinda has learnt various art techniques including painting, felting and beadwork.
It was here that she discovered her passion for mosaic art and each piece she designs is unique.
“I love watching new students in their mosaic journey. It’s very rewarding,” she said.
At the opening night of the South Eastern Contemporary Art Network (SECAN) in Berwick recently, Belinda showed off one of her more elaborate pieces, a mannequin.
“I worked on her for a couple of months and built her from scratch,” Belinda said.
To find out more, visit www.belianamosaics.com.au.