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Creativity Blossoms at Clarendon


Y5 Creative Kids at Clarendon Primary

Y5 Creative Kids at Clarendon Primary

Talented Year 5 pupils at Clarendon Primary School in Bolton have been working with me to design a colourful, contemporary steelwork barrier for their school.

The twenty-metre long safety barrier – fabricated by Luke Lister Engineers in Stockport – is a delightful and charming feature that enhances the school building and also serves as a permanent display of the children’s vibrant works of art. The accomplished blacksmiths at Luke Listers have faithfully reproduced in forged steel a stunning representation of local wildlife from the children’s original artworks, which includes native butterflies, bees, birds, mini-beasts, plants and small animals.

bird, CLARENDON Blossom

exotic flower

fox CLARENDON caterpillar CLARENDON robin tree CLARENDON

Design workshops took place at school in March. The Year 5 pupils were wonderful and I was inspired by the enthusiasm and excellent feedback that the pupils responded with. They came up with so many fantastic ideas and made a great job of expressing them using the wire drawing and paper quilling techniques that I showed them to make their 3D models.

Once all the children’s artwork was ready to use, my job was to arrange it all into a design that could serve the dual function of safely protecting the children and looking wonderful.

Ready to go for galvanising

Ready to go for galvanising

(You can see a slide show about the steelwork designs workshops on the Y5V school blog: http://www.thelifecloud.net/schools/ClarendonCPSchool/resources/RootFolder/Year5(V).blog)

Tracey Cartledge and Luke Lister Blacksmiths have worked collaboratively on a number of high quality public art projects throughout the North West.. See also Butterfinch Bridge, Marshall’s Arm and Anderton Nature Park.

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photos by Vincent Abbey

Olympic Inspired School Sculpture Project


Sometimes it takes a while to get good photos of the finished work!!!! I think these were worth the wait. Thank you Vincent Abbey (photographer of all the completed work)

Tracey Cartledge Artist

UPDATE:

Here are the wonderful assemblages that I helped Y5 to create in their teams of 5-6:

Here’s how they look in their place of pride, above the serving hatches in the school hall:

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ORIGINAL POST (May 2012):

I’m looking forward to working with Y5 next week to create some fantastic Olympic sports figures in a style that will be an homage to Tony Cragg.

Working with the dual themes of ‘the Olympic Games’ and ‘eco’, we have a project here that beautifully fulfils both. Our figures will be assembled from found objects in the Olympic colours, depicting Olympic sporting heroes. As a bonus, children will learn about British sculptor Tony Cragg, research our selected UK Olympians: Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis, Usain Bolt, Rebecca Adlington and Steve Redgrave. They will also have a rare chance to use hammers and glue guns and work on a very large scale.

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January School Special Offer for Mosaic Stepping Stones Project ends in 2 days


Spring is on its way and we’ll soon be able to enjoy the sunshine and spend some time in the great outdoors. Now is the time to plan projects and activities for school grounds improvements, maybe creating new garden areas – a sensory garden, perhaps – and this special offer might just be perfect for your school.

Dragonfly Mosaic Stepping Stone being cast in the plastic mould

Dragonfly Mosaic Stepping Stone being cast in the plastic mould

The project involves having me (Tracey) in your school for three consecutive days to facilitate the design and making of a set of 15 large mosaic stepping stones, involving up to a maximum of 30 pupils. It’s great fun, completely absorbing and an excellent project for encouraging team work skills.

School Mosaic Stepping Stone Project

Y2 pupils making mosaic stepping stones at Templemoor Infant School in Sale, Cheshire

This month I was in Grange Park School in Kent to work with Y7 and Y8 pupils who made a beautiful collection of mosaic stepping stones for their new sensory garden. For each of the three groups making stepping stones we had a team of four Y10 mentors to assist us. This worked very well and is a model I would encourage other schools to consider.

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The usual price for this package is £1200.00. It includes a day and a half for essential pre-project preparation as well as the three days in school and all the materials and safety equipment provided. However, as my monthly special offer to schools, orders placed in January will be at the discounted price of £950.00. Please note, I take bookings for schools outside of Greater Manchester but will provide a very reasonable quote for travel expenses and accommodation, if necessary.

Olympic Inspired School Sculpture Project


UPDATE:

Here are the wonderful assemblages that I helped Y5 to create in their teams of 5-6:

For green, we have Jessica Ennis

For green, we have GB star Jessica Ennis

For red, we have GB cyclist Chris Hoy

For red, we have GB cyclist Chris Hoy

In black, its our hero Steve Redgrave

In black, its our hero Steve Redgrave

Heading off in yellow is super speedy, super cool Usain Bolt

Heading off in yellow is super speedy, super cool Usain Bolt

and in blue, we have top swimmer Rebecca Adlington

and in blue, we have top swimmer Rebecca Adlington

Here’s how they look in their place of pride, above the serving hatches in the school hall:

Our Olympic Heroes, Chorlton C E Primary School

Our Olympic Heroes, Chorlton C E Primary School

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ORIGINAL POST (May 2012):

I’m looking forward to working with Y5 next week to create some fantastic Olympic sports figures in a style that will be an homage to Tony Cragg.

Working with the dual themes of ‘the Olympic Games’ and ‘eco’, we have a project here that beautifully fulfils both. Our figures will be assembled from found objects in the Olympic colours, depicting Olympic sporting heroes. As a bonus, children will learn about British sculptor Tony Cragg, research our selected UK Olympians: Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis, Usain Bolt, Rebecca Adlington and Steve Redgrave. They will also have a rare chance to use hammers and glue guns and work on a very large scale.

Just like Tony Cragg, we will make our figures by assembling found objects into the silhouette shapes of our five heroes. In our project, each one will be composed of one single colour, using the five colours of the Olympic rings: red, green, blue, yellow and black.

A collection of suitably coloured recycled and found objects is being gathered by the Y5 pupils. I’m just hoping there will be enough! So if you have the opportunity this weekend to do a clear out in your shed or toy box, please send in anything that we can incorporate – we’re aiming for each of these figures to fill an 8′ x 4′ panel, so we need lots!!!!

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

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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.

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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!!

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.

Colour up Your School Grounds with our Fab School Mosaic Kits


Thank you for all the orders we received this Christmas – it was a busy time for mosaic kits – and thanks too for all the positive feedback. Its good to know that the snow didn’t affect us getting those gifts out on time.

There are exciting events to look forward to in the New Year: January sees the start of the Mosaic evening classes at The Edge in Chorlton, Manchester. Its going to be on Thursdays at 7.15pm until 8.45pm starting next week (6th Jan) and we have 5 places booked so far. So if you’re interested, please get in touch soon.

In March, our new School Mosaic Project Packs will be launched at The Education Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

Making Mosaic Stepping Stones with the School Grounds Project Pack

Today’s Craft Fair and other news


There’s a craft and gift fair after school today at Chorlton C of E Primary School http://www.chorltonce.co.uk/ starting from 2pm. I’m taking some mosaic kits along and I know Cathy will be there with her gorgeous handmade scarves – I’ve already bought a number of them for Christmas gifts – they’re utterly ‘Adornable’ (officially, now.)

Green Day Mosaic

If you were wondering what was going on in the playground at the school yesterday, I’ll explain. We had a problem with one of the mosaic panels on the playground wall. To be honest, I’d worried about the centre panel from the minute the wood arrived. Even though all three panels were cut from the same sheet – it was 18mm external grade ply, if its of interest – just one of them had a very slight bow. I talked to Craig at the timber yard (Chesworths in Urmston) about it and we concluded that after 3 coats of yacht varnish was applied to the reverse, with the weight of the ceramic on the front and with four fixings into the wall, it should be fine….

However, in truth, the panel was clearly held in too much tension and after a couple of months and the impact of a football, the screws sheared and the panel came down! I was reassured, however, by the strength of the mosaic itself – good adhesive and good grouting there, because despite all this movement, practically nothing came away!

So yesterday we removed the other two panels and then re-installed the whole thing using much more serious expanding anchor bolts into the brick. I think we’ve secured it good and proper this time so I just need now to mosaic and re-grout over the gaps!

Horse & Jockey Craft Fair — Saturday 11th

The day started out quite sluggish and stayed quiet for the first couple of hours. I didn’t mind too much because I was enjoying the very good company of Mary, Alex and Fay who had tables immediately around me. It was also lovely to see Sarah, Chris and Cathy who all popped in to have a look and say hello during the day. However things livened up during the afternoon and my fellow crafters and I all made good sales. The variety of goods on offer was great – I came away with jewellery, a fabulous ‘Manchester Pin-Ups’ calendar with Manchester girls in vintage 50s style clothes, make-up and hairstyles and also a beautiful home made Christmas Cake – with cute penguins on the top.

Wonder what I might pick up at today’s craft fair……………………

Mega Mosaic Makers 2010 Entries


The children and staff at Chorlton C of E Primary School and I are  very proud that our ‘Green Day Mosaic’ has been included in the entries for Mega Mosaic Makers 2010. The school community worked together on this beautiful mosaic that they can now treasure forever. Many of last year’s Year Six pupils, who designed the mosaic, have been delighted to see it in the playground when they’ve returned to visit school this year.  Have a look at our entry and see some of the competition we’re up against at: http://megamosaicmakers.org.uk/2010-entries/

 

Busy children, teachers and parents at work on the mosaic

Community Garden Mosaic Make Over


The Oswald Road Gardening Group have put lots of time and energy into clearing, tidying, digging and planting to make a more pleasant green space for people to enjoy, both young and old, in some spare land on Oswald Road.

The site provides a useful resting point between the residential area around Oswald Road and the popular shops on Manchester Road, including The Unicorn Grocery. It is also just a stone’s throw from Oswald Road Primary School, where many of the children that have helped with the garden project attend.

Next Spring, I’ll be working with the Gardening Group and with Oswald Road School children to create a mosaic feature for the garden. I look forward to keeping you posted on progress……….