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Don’t Fence Me In!


Tracey behind bars! photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

Tracey behind bars!
photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

New rails for the ramp access to a private property in Manchester……

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Photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

The owners needed wheelchair access to both the front door and to, from and around a raised patio at the rear of the house.

Photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

ramp to raised patio at the rear
Photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

It was a great pleasure to work with the clients and design the decorative steelwork to suit their taste as well as their needs.

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Photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

The rails were all expertly fabricated and fitted by Luke Lister Blacksmiths of Stockport, Manchester.

detail Photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

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Photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

School’s Made to Measure Mosaic Kit


You don’t have to make a round mosaic fit into a square hole………………………………..

Garden Angel Gabby Nickson contacted me  last autumn to request a bespoke mosaic kit for Golden Hill School in Lancashire. They wanted to make mosaic paving flags to fit into an existing paved area, which required made to measure templates and specially tailored instructions and diagrams……

Tracey,
Thanks so much for all your support and advice during the making of the mosaics for Golden Hill School in Leyland.  The kit had everything needed and the instructions were well written and easy to follow.  The children really enjoyed laying the pieces out on the templates and I got involved during the tricky bits, which was nail biting at times but great fun!  I will certainly be recommending the kits to other schools I work with!
Thanks again,
Gabby

Gabby Nickson

Garden Angel Garden Design Consultancy

Its always great to receive photos of completed projects and hear from happy schools!!!

Bean and Brushed Up!


It has been a busy day for news on this blog (!) but despite that, I couldn’t possibly wait until tomorrow to share some photos of the completed mosaic pavement signage that I’ve created for Bean & Brush Family Art Cafe in Sale.

Welcome to the Bean & Brush

The Bean & Brush Cafe is a new venture by the same team that runs Laser Quest at the Trafford Centre and is set to be a great family destination for creative activity and chilling out on the week-end. It opens next Monday 2nd May.

I put the mosaic in yesterday, surrounded by all sorts of busy people completing all sorts of tasks in preparation for Monday’s launch. It felt like being on the set of one of those DIY programmes – 60 minute make-over?!!!

Mosaic is fab for floors, both in and outdoors


This is the bespoke balcony mosaic floor that I have just finished making in the studio. It is a private commission and the design was evolved through conversations and the exchange of sketch design ideas and feedback with the client. As the piece gradually took shape, I texted photos to keep the client up to date with work in progress and check that they were still happy with the design.

Kitting out the Dearne Valley Community to make their own MOSAIC


I’ve put together lots of kits for people to make mosaics and I’ve worked on projects with many community groups to create mosaic features for parks and recreational spaces. Here’s a new one, though. I’ve been commissioned for the first time to produce a kit for a community to make their own mosaic for the local park.

Young people in Barnsley have been busy producing lovely drawings of everything that makes Dearne Valley Park special, supported by local youth leaders. They have researched the wildlife and woodlands, the activities enjoyed there by the public and the history of the site to pull together a collection of images for the mosaic.

All the drawings were brought across to the studio, together with a simple plan for the overall format that the officers from Barnsley Council provided. The mosaic feature will replace a previous mosaic that fell into such poor repair that it could not be salvaged.

The new design is for a large rectangular feature, divided into sections that illustrate the themes mentioned above.

 

 

The selected colours  correspond to the pallette available in the frost resistant tile range that I use for outdoor mosaic, matched as closely as possible to the artwork supplied to me for inclusion in the design. The overall size of the mosaic will be 6 feet square, that’s just under two metres by two metres. The kit has been made up in sections so that it is very flexible for different groups to work separately or together or at different times.  It includes full size templates, all the tile pieces, full instructions and brown paper and paste to hold the mosaic together in sections prior to installation at the park. It will be cast in situ. It is now all boxed up ready and will go to Barnsley on 12th March.

Cracking Good Mosaic Projects this Spring


UPDATE:

Bean & Brush Mosaic now complete and ready for installation!

In progress at the studio

Two new projects were given the go-ahead this week.

Bean & Brush has commissioned me to produce a mosaic feature for their new family art cafe opening soon in Sale, Cheshire, which promises to be a very exciting place for families to enjoy a range of creative activities together. I’m keen to get started on the piece. Here’s the basic design I’ll be working from:

Yesterday, a fabulous time was spent with the Y5 class of Grappenhall St. Wilfrid’s C. of E. Primary School creating artwork for nearby Euclid Park. The Mersey Forest Project is putting in place a programme of improvements to this popular recreational space that includes making the main entrance more welcoming.

The children visited the site and put lots of thought into their ideas and suggestions for cheering up the existing dull entrance gates. They have now provided us with all the artwork we need to produce a design proposal for decorative steelwork that will be added to the gates and a set of fabulous mosaics to brighten the pavement up too.

Work at the park is due to be completed by April.

Suggest Your Own Design!


Over recent months, customers have been making some interesting requests for bespoke kits so that they can make mosaics to reflect their own ideas.

Bespoke kits and packages might be adaptations of the designs in the range, eg. one customer last week purchased a set of 4 refills: spider, ladybird, dragonfly, sunshine but also added a request for a selection of tiles to build these into a rectangular garden mosaic feature. I’ve provided all the material required, together with the construction guidelines to help the customer achieve her vision.

Another customer wanted kits for her three children to make a set of stepping stones for their father’s 50th birthday. The children had ideas so I provided design templates and kits of these: a yacht on the sea; moon and stars; the planets.

If you like our kits but don’t see a design that appeals to you, why not suggest an idea for a new kit or order a bespoke design?