Hi, I’m Heather May. I am originally from New Zealand but have not lived there for the last twenty years. After living and teaching in Borneo and The Bahamas for 11 years I now love to call the Sunshine Coast home. I am a Mosaic Artist, drawing my inspiration from geometric patterns in Nature, and from travel experiences, such as visiting Gaudi’s work in Barcelona and the ancient Turkish mosaics in Sardis and Ephesus.
I first began mosaicing when I arrived on the Sunshine Coast and joined a volunteer group of adults to mentor ‘at risk’ teens from local high schools. A suggested group project was a garden, decorated by student-led mosaics, and so the seed was planted.
I mosaic surfaces for both utility and asthetics. I often use secondhand furniture, as much of it is made of beautiful wood and it’s exciting to ‘up do’ an old item. I take pleasure in restoring something that was once obsolete. I also create mosaiced mirror frames, trivets and tabletops that are new.
I am based in my home at Mount Coolum and I feel very fortunate that I am able to spend so much of my time creating in such a beautiful part of the world. My studio is a corner of my living room, although some stages of the work will see me outside grouting or sanding furniture or sitting over a piece at a delegated table. Currently, I work part-time teaching and spend as much of my free time mosaicing because I love it.