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Karen can’t wait…….she’s so excited about the Mosaic Masterpieces Week-end!!


Working from the photos that she took on her recent visit to Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Karen has made a start on this lovely mosaic.

 

 

Does it inspire you to come and try your own hand at mosaic? Karen and I are hosting a series of relaxing week-end mosaic courses at Norton Priory this summer. There are still places available for the first one this month (16th & 17th), so why not join us?

Some fabulous new materials will be available and you will make a large mosaic wall piece, suitable for outdoors. What’s more, the price also includes free admission to the museum, ancient priory and Georgian walled garden.

Click here for more: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/workshops_and_events

Book online: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products?tags=Week-end+Courses

 

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A Colourful New Welcome to Euclid Park


Mersey Forest have waved their magic wand to transform Euclid Park in Grappenhall, near Warrington. Inspired by feedback from local residents, the team has worked diligently to deliver a range of improvements that include new natural play equipment, orchard fruit trees, wildflower meadows and a more welcoming treatment to the main entrance.

BEFORE

before

The Year 5 class at St. Wilfrid’s C E Primary School – just across the road from the park, have played a special role in this project. They were invited to work with Jo Sayers of Mersey Forest and myself to develop ideas and designs for the entrance treatment.

design ideas

The Y5 group explored themes related to the improvements, focusing in particular on the new wild flower meadows and fruit trees being planted. Images of giant wild flowers and associated insects were created as drawings in wire, buttons, paper clips  and washers by the talented youngsters, with help from  Karen, who came to help out at the design workshops in the school, Jo and I.

The original from which the steel bird was created

spider and flowers in wire, created by Y5

Next, the Y5 team made beautiful, large oil pastel drawings of  ‘fallen fruits’. They looked carefully at tonal variation and the colours in the fruits they observed and produced some fantastic works of art. These works became an important reference as they went on to recreate the same images in mosaic. Once the mosaics were complete, they went back to the studio to be cast into large concrete stepping stones before being installed outside the gates.

In the meantime, behind the scenes, the wire creations were carefully being translated into potential designs for steelwork to adorn the very dull grey gates. Having sought approval from Y5 and discussed the fabrication with expert blacksmith Martin Lister, I went back to the studio to make full size templates for each piece.

Carl, at Luke Lister Blacksmiths, working from the template to forge one of the steel flowers

 

Heating and manipulating the steel bar into shape at the anvil

plasma cut butterfly before galvanising

The finishing touches on site came together on Wednesday as Martin and Carl fixed the steel artworks in place. It was lovely to see the reactions of one or two of the Y5 design team who were nearby as the work went in.

Well done everybody, it looks great. Judging from the responses of the neighbours who came out to have a look on Wednesday, I think that this has proved to be an exceptionally popular project. Enjoy your new park!!

Its in! New Mosaic Now Installed at Dearne Valley Park


Glorious sunshine, cool fresh breeze – we couldn’t have wished for more conducive weather as we set about installing the fabulous new mosaic at Dearne Valley Park on Monday.

The mosaic has been a massive achievement for the young people who put their time and effort into producing drawings and creating the panels prior to installation. A number of them came down to site on Monday afternoon to see their mosaic masterpiece in its permanent new position at a key entrance to the nature park.

 

 

The young people put together their drawings, depicting life at Dearne Valley Park and they were sent to me at the studio, together with dimensions and a basic idea of format for the overall design. From this, I created a bespoke community mosaic kit, together with the design and full scale templates.

I was invited to take part in a full day of workshops at the Ozone centre at Barnsley Football Ground where we had a very jolly and highly productive day making up the panels. See earlier post for details

 

 

 

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.

We’ve won a Prize!! We came 3rd in the Mega Mosaic Makers 2010


and here’s what the judges had to say about our entry(See earlier post for more detail):

The third prize; ‘Green Day’. was made at Chorlton C of E Primary School, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester with artist Tracey Cartledge. ‘Another lovely triptych with a bold simple design, this mosaic has great vibrancy and beautiful colour variation. A wonderful use of the ‘crazy paving technique’ which still manages to hold the detail’.

http://megamosaicmakers.org.uk/

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.

Chorlton Mosaic Evening Class – Details


Mosaic Classes with Tracey Cartledge in Manchester
Ceramic mosaic in progress
This is a relaxed group meeting to encourage and inspire each other, supported by the guidance of local artist Tracey Cartledge. Participants will work at their own pace, picking up where they left off each session they attend. Project One is making a fairly simple mosaic design with broken ceramic pieces glued onto board and  then grouted. It will be suitable for hanging on an indoor wall. Follow-on projects can be arranged on an individual basis – if there is a project that you especially want to achieve –  or you can carry on to do the next set project provided. A hand-out with the method used, suppliers details and other useful information is provided to support each project in the course.

HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!!