Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas Crackers

2012 has been a fabulous year for all things MOSAIC in the North West.

Patricia (Lee) and I have enjoyed taking up the role of Joint Co-ordinators of BAMM North West and despite a difficult start to the year, we are pleased with our overall progress. For anybody in the region – we cover a very large area that includes Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Greater Manchester….pretty much every county south of West Yorkshire and north of (and including, I think!) both the East and West Midlands – please get in touch if you’d like to join!

'Flow' by Deborah Pitman

Flow by Deborah Pitman

In July, we ran our exhibition “Nip, Stick & Grout” at the wonderful Victoria Baths in Manchester. The exhibition showed mosaics made by members of BAMM North West (the piece above, ‘Flow’ by Deborah Pitman, was inspired by her visit to the baths) alongside work made by the talented mosaic enthusiasts who attend the Thursday evening “Mosaic Therapy” sessions with me in Chorlton. Here’s some recent work made by the group in the run-up to Christmas:

Christmas Mosaic Baubles by Mark

Christmas Mosaic Baubles by Mark

Debbie's Christmas Gift Mosaic

Debbie’s Christmas Gift Mosaic

Margaret's Mosaic Mirror

Margaret’s Mosaic Mirror

MORE TO COME in the North West

The year is not out yet and there are two end of year celebrations planned for next week – ‘Christmas Merriment’ drinks night in Manchester City Centre, Tuesday 18th December – all BAMM  Members and those interested in joining BAMM are very welcome. If you need further details, e-mail me!

Mosaic Class Christmas Meal is taking place in Chorlton on Thursday 20th December.


Roman Mosaic in progress, based on Lawrence's teaching

Roman Mosaic in progress, based on Lawrence’s teaching

FEBRUARY – In the New Year, we have an exciting opportunity on offer to attend a special workshop by Roman Mosaic expert, Lawrence Payne. Lawrence has his studio in Bury St. Edmonds but I’ve persuaded him to journey UP NORTH to provide a one-off workshop for us in Manchester. If you’re interested, book soon because we only have a few places left!!


SPRING – In the spring Chorlton Mosaic Group will be submitting their best mosaics for the annual Topps Tiles Achievement in Mosaic Award again. This year we were thrilled that one of our gang – Vicky – won best in region. Thanks to her fabulous ‘Fun Train’ mosaic, conceived (sorry!) for her new baby’s nursery, we were all winners. Vicky accepted a cheque for £100 as her prize and the class received a whopping £300 worth of materials from Topps.

Christmas Good wishes to all of you and wishing you all the best for the New Year!!!