What a thrill that so many of the talented individuals who attend my Thursday evening Mosaic Class in Chorlton, South Manchester agreed to submit their work for the annual Topps Tiles Competition. Its the first year that our class has entered, so fingers crossed…..here are a few glimpses of just some of our entries for you…..
"Pieces of Peace" by Sarah
"The Dog Who Wished He Could Fly" by Margaret
"Dove" by Jane
"Bowl with Goldfish" by Mark
"Butterfly" by Helen
"Emerald Circles" by Helen
There are many more beautiful pieces in our submission. I’ll have to post a few more up to show the world later. Good luck to all of you!!
Anybody interested in joining our group or signing up for any of the forthcoming summer workshops, should check the details on the Workshops, Classes & Courses page. Newcomers always welcome!!
Did you guess?
I’m afraid nobody commented in with the correct answer to win the prize…………what a shame!!
the Marsh Fritillary:
In the spring I worked with three local groups to create designs for butterfly mosaics for the new Butterfly Garden at the National Wildflower Centre. The mosaics were cast into concrete shapes in the summer and last week I went over to work out how they would be sited with Lucinda and Pete, aka The Hairy Gardener.
As you can see the garden was quite overgrown on the day we did the setting out. The white card denotes the position for the main butterfly, as seen below. If you click onto the link above to the hairy gardener’s blog, you’ll see what a transformation the volunteers have made to this space already. Pete is organising the planting scheme for the garden and it is going to look sensational – I’m giving away nothing – but I can tell you that you should definitely make a visit next March when this new Butterfly Garden will be in full bloom……..
Now then, I’ve still not received any guesses for the last butterfly identification competition but here’s another one: although it is stylised, can you identify the native butterfly species that is represented in this mosaic?
Yes, it is worth commenting if you know the answer because, of course, there is a PRIZE!!!! the person who sends the first correct answer will win a butterfly mosaic stepping stone kit (worth £34), posted to their address. The usual T & C apply (ask if you need a copy!!)
The workshop programme for the FLUTTERBY Project at The National Wildflower Centre is now complete and what a great time the groups have spent helping us to design the Butterfly Garden!!
Children and young people attending the Royal School for the Blind in Wavertree made some amazing butterfly collages with us. Their huge efforts and ready enthusiasm made it a delight to work with the groups and you can see here that the results were brilliant too.
Other groups that attended workshop sessions in the Education Room at NWC have worked directly in mosaic to produce a selection of 10 local species of butterflies. We are looking forward to casting them all in the studio next week.