Two opportunities – this Sunday, 6th May or next Wednesday 9th May – we’ll be looking around the baths, armed with cameras and/or sketchbooks to get inspired and source some starting points for our forthcoming exhibition….
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.
I’ve searched out these lovely examples to inspire us for Project 3:
The group meets on Thursdays at The Edge in Chorlton, Manchester. It’s a relaxed class with a continuous programme of projects to opt into. See earlier post for further details.
In our next project (2) at The Edge Thursday evening classes, we will be making mosaic signs suitable for outdoors, such as house number plaques. This will give you the opportunity to make a functional mosaic for your own house or to give as a gift and to learn some specific mosaic techniques, consideration of colour and composition.
The example is above is by US artist Jennie Stephens. Why not visit her website for more inspiration: http://www.jenniestephensart.com/custommosaichousenumbers.html
You can opt into project two as soon as you have completed project one or you can work on a project of your own instead. Please feel free to bring any of your own materials and your own project designs and ideas to work on or you can arrange with me to source particular materials for you. If you are working on one of the prescribed projects, however, all the materials will be provided.
This Thursday I will bring nippers, safety specs and squeegees for you to purchase, as requested. You can pay on the night or from the website in advance. (remember you need to click the ‘collection’ option instead of standard delivery to prevent the payment gateway from calculating a shipping cost on your order). http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/
For further details about the evening classes see earlier post and/or contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
We have four new stockists of our MakeMosaic Kits this month: Bohos in Chorlton, Manchester; The Platform Gallery in Clitheroe; Created Gallery in Chesterfield and The Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk.
More arty people in the North West of England can now start to MakeMosaic! Interest has also been expressed by galleries in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the West Midlands. Details coming soon…….!!
The newly formed artist team Cathy, Luke & Tracey, aka artHAUS, are set to launch their new art programme for children in Chorlton next week.
This initiative to provide good quality art instruction over a course of 10 weeks will kick off at Chorlton C E Primary School on Monday 20th September. The artists have been very busy devising the programme and getting set up for action with budding artists from Years 1 to 6 over three afternoons a week for this pilot project.
“We have decided to limit the places to a maximum of 15 children per session. This way we can give each child more help and attention”. The programme includes some traditional stuff – drawing and observation techniques etc. – and some evaluation of styles seen in the work of the Old Masters, Modern and Post-Modern Art and more contemporary work. “We’ll be encouraging children to see more when they look and get to grips with a range of decent quality artist materials. We can’t wait to get started – we’re so excited – and looking forward to sharing our enthusiasm with the new generation of Artful Splodgers!!’
Do you like mosaics? Have you seen wonderful examples of ancient Roman or modern mosaic works that have really caught your attention? Love the idea of having a go yourself but so far haven’t made the first step?
I’m interested to understand what stops you from having a go. What is most off-putting? Is it fear of failure? Is it not having/making the time? Is it not being sure what you need/where to start? Is it because you’ve already decided you wouldn’t be able to do it?
Answer my question and I’ll try to persuade you otherwise with a prize!!! Anyone who answers is eligible for a gift: either a mosaic kit or a voucher to attend one of the mosaic classes coming soon…..COME ON!!!
I’m thinking two cute little love-birds or maybe stylised flowers: orchids, lilies….other than two intertwined heart motifs, what would you suggest as a relevant but timeless image to use in a wedding gift mosaic?