Helen Bellino (nee Harman) worked as a teacher and a writer before discovering mosaics 18 years ago. Since then, she has passed on her love of the artform to many hundreds of students and has created a vibrant mosaic community, Artopia, based in Melbourne. Her specialist teaching areas include incorporating crystals into mosaic art and sculpture methods suitable for mosaics. Her own art practice is diverse, as she loves to experiment with materials, often pushing the boundaries of traditional mosaics. Forever the storyteller, her exhibition pieces tell their own tales, bringing issues that are close to her heart into the public consciousness. She seeks to make her art accessible to all, especially in her sculpture garden, which will eventually become an interactive meditative environment to bring about positive change.