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Chorlton Central Church Community Mosaic


In spring 2016 the committee of Chorlton Central Church, where I run my weekly mosaic evening class, commissioned me to design a large exterior mosaic to cover the old church hall entrance.

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The New Glass facade with artwork by Steve Raw, photo credit Andrew Stuart, MEN

The church had undergone extensive refurbishment works completed in 2015. These  included the construction of a large new glass facade incorporating entrance doors within the south elevation. Architect Mick Timpson, who also runs yoga classes in the church, was responsible for the refurbishment and artist Steve Raw was commissioned to create the design for the glass treatment. The old entrance doorway – you can see on the left in this photo – became redundant and was blocked up to make a storage room.

The first stage of the commission was to consult with the church committee to agree the theme for the mosaic. They wanted the design to reflect the values of the church whilst having universal appeal and represent the church being part of Manchester’s multi faith network. Due to its position, we all agreed that we also wanted it to relate to the garden and convey a sense of welcome – ‘the door is open’. Referencing the bible’s creation story,  tree of life (Genesis) and the water of life (Revelation) provided ample imagery. Following a presentation to the church congregation and ensuing feedback, modifications were made to create a final version of the design.

From the end of June and throughout July, I hosted seven workshops which allowed approximately 100 local participants to take part in the making of the mosaic. With fabulous assistants from Chorlton Mosaic Group on hand to help, each workshop started with a lesson on how to use the tools to cut and arrange the mosaic pieces. Using patterns cut from our full size cartoon, participants patiently started to make component parts of the design, just like a paint-by-numbers technique. Every piece was referenced and carefully stored.

In September I packed up all the mosaic contributions and took them to my studio. With two brilliant studio assistants, Karen Nolan and Karen Allerton, working with me, the parts were assembled, completed and all background areas made up within three weeks.

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The completed mosaic in the studio, faced with tile tape, ready for installation.

Prior to installation I was lucky enough to meet master mosaic fixer, Walter Bernadine in London after he made a presentation at the BAMM Annual Forum. We had a good chat and with Walter’s tips in mind, I subcontracted Manchester dream team Andy Carroll & Son to install the mosaic with me. Thanks to their expertise, the installation was like poetry in motion…

On Sunday 16th October , which was also the Reverend Bob Day’s retirement celebration, the mosaic was officially unveiled by local MP Jeff Smith. The event was well attended by many of those who played a role in its realisation and after the formalities we all enjoyed a lunch in the church hall, generously provided by the Central Church committee.

The Chorlton Mosaic Group continues to meet every Thursday at 7.15pm and welcomes new members at any time. For more details, check the website or get in touch with me by email at this address: tracey.cartledge@icloud.com.

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Tracey with the completed mosaic. Photo by Vincent Abbey.

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A First Class Job


The wonderful glass mosaic signage has always added a touch of class to Manchester’s Victoria Station. The ornate lettering is made from gold smalti, a glass and gold leaf mosaic material, beautifully set against the blue surround. (although now in need of careful attention)

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a few gaps to fill

Most of the ornate signage is currently obscured from view whilst refurbishment works at Victoria near completion. These photographs are a reminder of the art nouveau style, and you can see at once that these designs were most probably influenced by the contemporary work of Angelo Orsoni.

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golden era

in need of some TLC

in need of some TLC

Whilst the Orsoni piece below incorporates many more shades of green and exemplifies the textural qualities attainable using hand-made smalti, the foliage in the Victoria Station designs is more flamboyant in its swirly gesture. I would imagine that having pushed the boat out to accommodate the cost of the gold smalti, a more restrained approach to the rest of the palette must have been essential to stay within budget. Of course, in aesthetic terms, the limited palette is highly effective in creating a consistency and simplicity, that today we might refer to as it’s ‘corporate identity’.

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A key influence? Mosaic by Angelo Orsoni, Venetia.

MakeMosaic Birthday or Hen Parties


People did ask me years ago, it’s true. For one reason or another, I didn’t do it then. However, when recently asked if I could run a mosaic birthday party quite close to home in Didsbury, I agreed…

Mosaic Birthday Party

Mosaic Birthday Party

Birthday Party Mosaics

Birthday Party Mosaics

…and I was quite delighted with the results. I’m happy to report that the birthday girl, her friends and family were all thrilled too. Hopefully these pictures will say more about it than my words can!

If you like the idea and fancy arranging a mosaic party for your special occasion, please get in touch. For the basic information on price and what’s involved, check out my website: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products/210

 

 

Come out for a Night on the Tiles


A Night on the Tiles is an exhibition being hosted by the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM North West) from 2nd – 20th November with a special opening night on Friday 1st November from 6pm.

Living Layers (triptych) by Julie Vernon

Living Layers (triptych) by Julie Vernon

The exhibition will take place in the basement gallery at 2022NQ on Dale Street, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and will showcase mosaic works from a number of the region’s most successful working artists as well as up-coming new talent.

Sweeties Please by Deborah Pitman

Sweeties Please by Deborah Pitman

A Night on the Tiles is timely, underpinning a current debate surrounding the status and recognition of mosaic within the art world. These North West artists, working in quite different ways, share a passion for the application of materials that put their work into the bracket ‘mosaic’. Subterfuge and controversy about whether its place lies within ‘art’ or ‘craft’ has frequently prevented the output of modern mosaic makers from being seen by contemporary audiences. The exhibition at 2022NQ aims to dismiss the smoke screen and focus instead on the work itself.

We look forward to welcoming you to our exhibition!!

Chorlton Mosaic Group and BAMM North West are exhibiting work at the Victoria Baths ‘Water Palace’ in Manchester


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PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 28th June 5pm-8pm

 DROP-IN MOSAIC WORKSHOP Sunday 1st July 1pm-4pm

EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL 31st July 2012

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Victoria Baths, a set on Flickr.

The glorious Victoria Baths Water Palace in Chorlton-on-Medlock in Manchester.

Identify My Fluttery Friends


Workshops for the Flutterby Project at the National Wildflower Centre begin next week. The project has inspired me to create a new series of mosaics in the studio. Here’s my progress to date with the first one:

Can you identify it?

UPDATE:

In between hosting workshops, packing up and sending out record numbers of orders this week, I also treated myself to spending another hour on the butterfly…..slowly, slowly…!!

Do you know what kind of butterfly it is yet???

 

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?!!!