Category Archives: art

Buy Original Mosaic Work Online!!

For the first time, I have included two of my recent works for sale on the website!! I’m interested to find out if people would prefer to purchase work in this way……

The website has attracted lots of customers looking for good quality mosaic kits and a lot of people interested in commissioning either bespoke kits or bespoke finished works. Now there’s another option. You can buy a Tracey Cartledge mosaic.

Small Tortoiseshell Mosaic by Tracey Cartledge

Small Tortoiseshell Mosaic by Tracey Cartledge

To start with, I have put up two of the pieces from our recent exhibition: Small Tortoiseshell and Rubro Oculo Mancunian Operarius. If you have any comments or feedback, I’d love to hear from you please!!

leading us up the garden path…..

Now is the best time to give your garden path a make-over and here’s a cool way to do it – with a series of handmade mosaic stepping stones made by your own family and friends!!

Its so much fun!!

With a combination of mosaic stepping stone kits, refills and maybe throw in a 2 or 3 extra moulds for convenience, why not host an arty party to make your own mosaic stepping stones for the garden path?

Casting the mosaic stepping stones (still in the moulds)

Contact me to help put your package together!!

Margaret’s Bench, Norton Priory

Update: April 2011

The mosaic has now been given a render surround:

June 2010

The cob and mosaic bench outside the Walled Garden at Norton Priory was formally unveiled on Sunday to celebrate the life and work of Margaret Walhurst, a former director of Norton Priory Museum who worked hard to make the museum what it is today.

The sculptural bench was built by Annabel Fawcus of Earthed World with lots of help from Year 6 pupils from St. Augustine’s Primary School in Runcorn. The class also worked with Tracey to create the mosaic features that have been incorporated into the back of the seat and on the wall above it.

detail, right hand side

In addition to the new bench, a new mosaic trail has been created by people with links to the garden, both past and present, and celebrates what makes the garden so unique. The Museum staff used the school/community group mosaic stepping stone kit to work with participants in the creation of the trail.

Stone and steel sculpture installed at Anderton

Next week we will be celebrating as the latest piece of public art is due to be unveiled at Anderton Nature Park in Cheshire.

The piece is the end result of a project in which artists Karen Allerton and Tracey Cartledge have collaborated closely with countryside ranger Dave James, members of FoAM (Friends of Anderton and Marbury) and year 6 pupils from Comberbach Primary School to develop their designs.

Looking out from the Anderton Boat Lift

The commission has been jointly funded by British Waterways, Cheshire West & Chester Council, Action Weaver Valley, FoAM and INEOS Enterprises. Work began last September when the Y6 school group took part in a an observational site visit with volunteers from FoAM, well-informed on local wildlife, staff from British Waterways, Dave James and the artist team. The day’s events included a trip on the Weaver and theĀ  Anderton Boat Lift and an investigation of the nature park and its history.

modelling one of the old cargo boats in salt dough

The pupils recorded lots of useful facts and images that informed the ideas that they went on to develop during a series of workshops with the artists in school. The children explored monoprint, model-making, wire work, print block making, modelling with salt dough and other techniques to bring their images alive. Together with Tracey and Karen, they looked at different possibilities for applying their ideas into design options for the final piece.

Monoprint showing one of the old factories

The finished design consists of two carved cast stone obelisks with forged steel ‘crowning’ features that serve as an open gateway, leading visitors from the car park to the Anderton Boat Lift Museum. The work will be formally opened on Friday 21st May.

Spring into action: MakeMosaic Stepping Stones

With the fresh season upon us, you will see our beautiful mosaic stepping stone kits springing up in lots of new places!! Fred Aldous in Manchester city centre is one of our new retailers

Roman Mosaics Project, Year 3

The Year 3 children of Chorlton Church of England Primary School can tell you all about the Romans. The topic has been one that they’ve thoroughy enjoyed and now they’re all expert mosaic makers too!

Creating the mosaic design
photo by Sarah McAdam

In just two workshop sessions, the whole class had completed their work and it was ready to grout. With help from Tracey and a couple of parent volunteers, each child then had the opportunity to grout their masterpiece themself.

Fiddly Work, Mosaic!
“Fiddly Work, Mosaic!” (Photo by Sarah McAdam)
Mosaic workshop
“So many colours to choose from!” (Photo by Sarah McAdam)
Mosaic workshop
“It’s all a bit sticky!” (photo by Sarah McAdam)

If your school would like to run a project like this, have a look at some of the mosaic kit packages available, especially designed and produced for schools:

Here are the finished results………….

And a few close ups:

Well done Year Three!!!!