Monthly Archives: May 2011

Love Your Garden, with the beauty of Mosaic

Alan Titchmarsh is heading up a new TV series coming to ITV very soon in which he will be exploring some fine examples of gardens belonging to members of the Great British population.

Making a dragonfly mosaic stepping stone for Love Your Garden

We’ve been asked to supply some of our Mosaic Stepping Stone Kits to feature on the programme, together with  a made up Dragonfly mosaic stepping stone. Thing is, the “one we’d made earlier” was up at Rural Arts in Thirsk, so I had to very quickly make this replacement!!

Love Your Garden hits the screen in June.

Mosaic Class is on the Move

Last night was our last Mosaic Class at The Edge.

Now that the venue are promoting Thursdays for theatre productions, we can no longer use the studio there. However, we have a new venue:

Barlow Moor Road,
Greater Manchester
M21 8BF

Chorlton Central is a familiar venue to a lot of people in Chorlton. It hosts a variety of day time courses and is situated at the junction of Barlow Moor Road, Sandy Lane and Zetland Road.
Everything else will be the same: same time 7.15pm – 8.45pm; same night and same lovely people!!

Flutter by, butterfly

I visited the National Wildflower Centre in Merseyside yesterday – it is such a lovely place for a day out – full of colour and interest and perfect for adventurous young children to explore.

small tortoise shell butterfly

The NWC has commissioned me to work with local groups of children to create outdoor mosaics for a new butterfly garden. We’re calling it the “Flutterby Project”. With the expertise of the NWC gardeners working on the planting and our artwork, this garden will become a vibrant celebration of our very beautiful and extensive British native butterflies.

One of the groups that we will be working with is the Royal School for the Blind in Wavertree. The Artful Splodgers – the after school children’s art club that I c0-run with two other artists on Tuesday evenings in Chorlton – had a think about this with me at yesterday’s session. We considered the textures of a variety of materials we had available and thought about how we could use them to make very tactile collage images of two common British butterflies.

Common Blue

The Artful Splodgers have asked me to take their two works of art to the Royal School for the Blind when I go to visit there next week. They are hopeful that the children at the blind school will be able to appreciate the butterfly images and are looking forward to hearing what they think about them.