Using handmade and rare glass from around the world, Michelle Sider incorporates these materials with handmade silver jewelry, Italian marble, stone, metal, beads and other materials to create exquisite mosaics. These stunning pieces change colors as the light in a space changes throughout the day. Sider begins all of her pieces by interviewing people and researching her topic. She then creates numerous drawings and paintings before translating these ideas into a glass mosaic. Glass is an exquisite and temperamental material requiring at least 10 times as many hours than the underlying painting. Using ancient stone and glass cutting techniques, she slowly pieces together the mosaic. Mosaics are ideal for both large and small surfaces as well as indoor and outdoor installations.[Not a valid template]
Paintings and Drawings
Sider’s still life, abstract and landscape paintings are often studies in light and color. Incorporating strong design and vibrant color in her work, she creates a sense of movement in her pieces which contributes to the energy of the work.
Sider has designed and facilitated numerous community art projects. These projects are idea driven and involve group discussions, education and a fun hands-on experience for young and old alike. Working with school groups, community members, and educators, her projects often build a sense of community and purpose.
Life Cycle & Ketubot
When creating a piece of art for a life cycle event, Sider interviews her clients and incorporate their interests, values and life style into the piece. Poetry and excerpts from literature can also be sources of inspiration. Clients often express their joy in seeing art which reflects a very personal aspect of their themselves, hanging in their home.