Monthly Archives: September 2009

Route 73 to London Kids…………..


Casilda Ilia and I are pleased to announce that MakeMosaic mosaic kits are now available at her very exciting shop – Route 73 – on Church Street (Stoke Newington).

Route 73 Kids

Route 73 is packed full of exquisite gifts, toys and crafts for children, targetting those of 8 years and under. Whilst we know that creative spirits of all ages enjoy making mosaics, its never too young to start and great fun for younger children with plenty of adult assistance! The wall plaque mosaic kits require a careful hand and usually suit the slightly older children best whilst the stepping stone kits are great for kids as young as 3 or 4 yrs old to be involved with, providing an adult takes the lead and supervises the activity carefully, paying attention to the safety instructions provided.

When young children make mosaic stepping stones with me, they wear protective gloves.  (There’s a large and a small pair in every stepping stone mosaic kit) As soon as we’ve finished mixing the cement and getting it into the

Its as much fun as making mud pies!

Its as much fun as making mud pies!

mould, the child can enjoy making a pattern of their own with the ceramic pieces directly into the wet mortar. Older children will generally prefer to get the design worked out on the card beforehand and then put it into the mortar with the aid of the magic transfer paper in the kit. The choice is yours!

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Tracey Cartledge Ltd Receives Innovation Award


The NWDA has announced that Tracey Cartledge Limited will receive an award as part of the Innovation Voucher Scheme to develop and improve the Point of Sale display unit options available for retailers.

Earlier this year Tracey worked with Green Graphics in Bedfordshire to build a prototype unit, designed by Tracey,  that Manchester Art Gallery has kindly piloted and tested for us in their gift shop. TC Ltd is now hoping to work with Lucid Group to re appraise the POS design and create a modular system that will suit the needs of all our retailers, whatever the size of shop space they designate to the MakeMosaic Kits that they sell for us.

We’ll keep you posted on progress…..

Monkey Business at Saltex


The Monkey Business Artists team will be making an appearance at the Windsor IOG Saltex Exhibition next week. We’ve been invited to show our stuff within the Russell Leisure stand (B18) and it’s going to be so much fun!!

Russell Leisure have designed the space to include some very special and exciting new features within their Sensory Play Environment. Our contribution is a set of bespoke thermoplastic markings, produced on a combination of tarmac and concrete paving that forms a beanstalk, complete with bugs and minibeasts, forming a path up to a funky climbable play house. The path also features cast bronze critters and mosaic stepping stones….if you’re visiting the show please come along and see us – we think that you’ll love it!!!