New Dates for Summer 2016
If you’re fascinated by mosaics and would like to learn the basics, coming to one of my studio workshops is the ideal way to get started. The creative process is absorbing and therapeutic. The feedback from previous workshops has been very positive and enthusiastic.
allium giganteum, like pompoms on sticks!
The vibrant colours of the garden
Here are the dates and links to my main website, where you can book your place securely:
Chorlton Mosaic Group
exhibition of recent work for CAF2015
We are delighted to be mounting a group exhibition of our recent work as part of CAF2015 at the fabulous Marble Beerhouse on Manchester Road, Chorlton. The exhibition opens with our preview night on Thursday 14th May and continues through to the 24th May.
As part of the fun, we will be hosting a special MOSAIC WORKSHOP for beginners on the evening of Monday 18th May. For just £5.00, you are very welcome to join us and learn to make a small mosaic of your own. Places limited to a maximum of 10 and booking essential.
Details & booking on the Tracey Cartledge Mosaics website.
Sorry – SOLD OUT!
If you were disappointed not to get a place, there are other mosaic workshops coming up at my studio and our weekly evening class in Chorlton – just check the classes & workshops page for dates and details.
Fish out of Water
Saturday 1st March 10.00am – 4.00pm
Chorlton Central Church, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester
“Roman Mosaics” masterclass with LAWRENCE PAYNE at Chorlton Central Community Centre, Chorlton, Manchester.
This workshop will cover both figural and geometric mosaics including the principles used in both forms. All the work will be done using pre cut marble and other hard stones from which you will cut shapes with nippers. (All tools provided)
Taken from and example seen in Ravenna, Italy. You can also see this pattern in The Church of The Nativity, Bethlehem.
The price includes all materials plus a laminated crib card of The Rules and refreshments.
Suitable for complete beginners, intermediates and those with more experience looking for expert guidance in developing their technique to a higher level. Understand the principles of how ancient Roman mosaics were designed and created, get familiar with the ‘Roman Rules’ and have a go yourself in this informative and practical session under Lawrence’s supervision.
You will learn how to speed up and maintain momentum in your approach to mosaic, at whatever level you are currently working. There’s always a lively and friendly atmosphere at these workshops too.
BOOK HERE: ROMAN MOSAIC WORKSHOP
A stunningly beautiful Tuscan hilltop location, a pretty village hall, a bubbly group of enthusiastic Italian youngsters keen to make mosaics with an English Mosaic Artist…
…invitations to host workshops like this don’t come too often!
So, how did I get the gig?
In 2011, by chance, I met Debora Chellini and a group of visiting Italian students whilst working at a primary school in Knutsford on a school mosaic project. I invited the youngsters to join in and work with us and it was great to see them working side by side with the English children, who happily explained and showed them what to do. That was the beginning of an exciting new collaboration that Debora and I are continuing to develop, the basis for which is Debora’s simple but effective principle of learning through experience. More specifically, in our project, it is a case of learning language through creative experience.
Debora is a lecturer at the Richmond University in Florence and at weekends she runs her own language project StoryTime working with children aged from 5-13 years old. The children are encouraged to use English whilst enjoying a range of exciting workshops and activities. This fresh approach ensures that the youngsters are keen to learn the language as they need it in order to understand and achieve the task in hand and interact with others in a creative, sociable and supportive environment. Mosaic projects fit perfectly with this brief.
My visit to Florence this October gave Debora and I the opportunity to discuss a range of options for next year’s programme with the aim of developing the approach further, incorporating more arts and crafts workshops. There was time to visit some of the finest Florentine artisans continuing the traditional crafts of the region and I also visited the university and met some of Debora’s colleagues and students.
Enrico Giannini demonstrating the technique of paper marbling
The visit culminated with the workshop you see here in the nearby Tuscan village of Montigufoni. Each participant produced a small mosaic fridge magnet to begin with. For this, they were all provided with the same set of materials, design and instructions. They very quickly learned all the new vocabulary associated with the activity: the names of the tools and materials; the way to ask for help with specific processes and checking with each other (in English!) if they were doing everything correctly.
Next, the students were rewarded for their efforts and given a little more freedom. This time, with a wide selection of materials to choose from and the aid of drawing templates (if they wanted to use them), they were encouraged to create a larger mosaic of their own design.
You can see some of their fabulous work here.
If you’d love to make a mosaic table, either for your own garden or as a special gift, all you have to do is sign up. The rest is easy…………
Over three consecutive Saturdays, you will be guided through the design and making processes and will end the course taking away a stunning and unique piece of garden furniture that you can be proud of. Contact me for further details on 0161 860 0387 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
How exciting…our first group exhibition just going up at Victoria Baths and then we get this news…..our whole group has received huge praise and one of our gang, Vicky, is the regional winner!!!
This is Vicky’s winning entry – “Fun Train’. She created it specifically for the hearth in the new baby’s nursery, which she just about managed to complete – along with various other amazing projects – before little Ben arrived on the scene. The Chorlton Mosaic Group is so proud of Vicky and delighted for her. Everybody else is also thrilled with the wonderful feedback received for each of their submitted pieces.
The judge of the regional portfolios, David Tuhill, who has taught at various art colleges including the Royal College of Art praised the group’s submission, writing ”Each of the pieces submitted for this award show great skill and creativity and it is certainly one of the best packs of work I have seen this year; it was really difficult to choose just one winner.”
The glorious Victoria Baths Water Palace in Chorlton-on-Medlock in Manchester.
photo by Matilda Wigley
Let’s raise some SMILES with broken TILES!!!
Sorry, its that time of the week…realised we had nothing planned festivity-wise for this week-end so we’ve taken a last minute stall at the Chorlton Diamond Jubilee event on the village green this Sunday (3rd) where we’re looking forward to drinking JUBILEE lemonade eating delicious and extra special Jubilee Sweet Tooth cupcakes and generally having a great day out – let’s hope the sun shines as promised.
On our stand, Bod will be showing his Fire Bowls so you can get a better idea of their scale and beauty and if you decide to get one on the day, it will be yours for the special price of £170.00 (they’re currently retailing at £230). I will be running a mosaic craft activity for all ages – a chance to make a JUBILEE mosaic fridge magnet to take home. We’ll also have a selection of mosaic kits, including the funky new fridge magnet kits, and a display of work in progress with information about forthcoming mosaic workshops in the area.
Maybe see you down there?
We had such a lovely day at Hulme Garden Centre, making our mosaics in the straw bale classroom. The group was a friendly bunch – 5 in total – and everybody made a mosaic stepping stone. The quickest workers also made mosaic wall plaques and the others had time to make an extra stepping stone – smaller and more abstract – whilst these were getting completed.
lots of hard work and concentration……..
using tile nippers to cut accurate shapes…..
making careful colour choices……..we had so many to choose from!
deciding on details and finishing touches……
and here’s how they’re looking after a light clean……(still setting)
Jude’s sail boat
Carey’s heart with initials
Mareen’s floral design
Maureen’s abstract piece
Anita’s abstract piece with heart motif
“Wow don’t they look great Tracey I had a great day and really pleased with the stepping stones. I thought the venue was also really good. Thanks very much, best wishes Maureen”
The mosaics look fab!
Russell & I really enjoyed the session.
(Russell was seeing mosaics when he closed his eyes…you’ve really inspired him back into doing art himself!!)
Could we please also order 2 large, 2 medium and 2 small stepping stone moulds and 2 pairs of nippers and collect at the same time we collect our ‘works of art!’.
Anita & Russell”
Our next workshop at Hulme Community Garden Centre is on Saturday 9th June when we’ll be making mosaic plant pots for the garden. Again, we’ll use frost resistant ceramic tiles and glass mosaics as well. Fancy joining us?
Here’s where to book: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products?tags=Week-end+Mosaic+Courses
Photos by Matilda Wigley, Rosalind Wigley and Tracey Cartledge