design • creation • instruction

Founded by artist Laurel True, True Mosaics Studio has been creating public, architectural and commissioned work for almost 25 years. True is a prolific artist known for her vibrant style, her combinations of intriguing materials and her global creative activism. True's work can be found in public spaces, hospitals, parks and commercial and residential settings around the world.

2014-06-06 - StudioPeacock
2014-06-06 - DoorMandala
Let the beauty we love, be what we do.
— Rumi

Upcoming Workshops:

Mirror Garden: Radial Stepping Stones with Mirror and Glass

September 26 – 27, 2015


Tools for Creative Placemaking
Concrete Sculptural Forms for Mosaic: Fantasy Bench

with Visiting Instructor Brent Sumner

September 28 - 30, 2015


Celebration of Color: Workshop in Provence, France

October 17 - 24, 2015

Join me and French mosaic artist Valerie Nicoladze for two inspiring workshops in Provence at Esprit Mosaique Studio.  Workshops include mosaic making, community projects, artistic tours, wine tasting, visits to local villages, markets and exhibits, including the amazing Carrier des Lumieres and more.

There are only two spaces left in this workshop!

Exploring Color, Inspiration and Creativity in Mexico

January 2016

I taught a wonderful workshop at urban oasis Hacienda Mosaico in Puerta Vallarta last November. Students immersed themselves in making a personal  kaleidoscopic/ mandala-like radial mosaic and we created a group mural inspired by the Urban Eyes Project, which we installed on a wall at Hacienda Mosaico.

I will be teaching a week-long mosaic mural making workshop/ retreat at Hacienda Mosaico in January 2016. Registration is now open.

More info on Hacienda Mosaico website.



Black Swan @ Laurel True

Black Swan @ Laurel True

2014 Mosaic Kaleidoscopes and mural before installation at Hacienda Mosaico

2014 Mosaic Kaleidoscopes and mural before installation at Hacienda Mosaico

International Urban Mosaic Intervention, Chile

International team of mosaic artists converge on Puente Alto, Chile to create massive mosaic mural.

I was honored to be selected to participate in this project and be part of an 80 + team of artists from 22 countries working on a large, public mosaic mural conceived and led by artist Isidora Paz López in Puente Alto, Chile.

My panel included interpretations of the mariposa orchid and black-necked swan, native to Chile and holding personal meaning for me.

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Professional Development Training at True Mosaics Studio

I hosted two of the adults I trained in Haiti at True Mosaics Studio this winter, along with four apprentices from the US and Canada in a series of ten-day intensive trainings. We had a wonderful time in both sessions and it was an honor to host Haitian mosaic artists Mario Jeudi from the Mirebalais Mosaic Collecitve and Josue Jean from Art Creation Foundation For Children.  I have worked with both organizations over the last several years in Haiti, training youth and adults in mosaic-making techniques that have led to the proliferation of public mosaics in Jacmel, Port au Prince and Mirebalais, Haiti.

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Kate Zimmer and Mario Jeudi at True Mosaics Studio

Kate Zimmer and Mario Jeudi at True Mosaics Studio

Clouet Gardens Mural Laurel True

On the Street: New Orleans

Community Mosaic Mural at Clouet Gardens

The mosaic mural in Clouet Gardens in Bywater is fiished! Over 50 community members contributed to this open-participation project, which I designed and facilitated. Great to have this in my own neighborhood.