MOSAIC TOUR TESTIMONIALS
‘It was simply a great experience. Thank you to both yourself and Ingrid for having put sooo much energy and passion into the continual organisation almost minute by minute. It was exceptional, above and beyond any tour guides I’ve ever experienced. Mille grazie.’ ANGELA BOMBARDIERI
‘I’m still living my recent tour, it has stayed with me. If feel fantastic and felt this tour had both the ‘schedule’ that had to met and a ‘holiday’…. the hooley dooley of all was five days on top of huge hill, magnificent views and with nowhere to go but attend a fabulous mosaic workshop with the delightful Arianna Gallo. In a nut shell the trip was sensational and would love to do it again’ SALLY ALEXANDER
‘Thank you and Ingrid for a fabulous tour! It was wonderful and I don't know how it could have been improved. It is extremely difficult to pick a highlight because so many days were perfect!’ CHRISTINE BAINES
2017 & 2018 Mosaics of Northern Italy Tour 2019 Naples & Sicily Mosaic Study Tour
In 2017 and 2018 Helen designed and conducted the ‘Mosaics of northern Italy Tour’ with Ingrid Gaiotto (In Giro Tours). Commencing in Venice with visits to mosaic sites in Torcello and Orsoni in Cannareggio, and exclusive Venetian locations such as the private Venetian boat museum Arzana Squero, the Tour then went east to the little known province of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Travelling from the former Roman city of Aquileia to Spilimbergo and later to Ravenna,...
In 2001 I was privileged to be the first Australian artist to undertake an extended independent residency at the Spilimbergo school. When I arrived there I was a tabula rasa. I knew almost nothing at all of the Greco-Roman history of mosaic. I did not know how to use a hammer and hardie, and smalti and marble were new materials to me, having in Australia only used commercially produced vitreous glass and ceramic tiles. I...