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    Mosaics - maker, craft and heritage educator

  • About

    Designing, making and education

    Craft matters

    Developing hand crafted mosaics

    My studio is hidden away in a small historic courtyard in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. It is in the coach house of, what was, William Hazeldine's house at the bottom of the Wyle Cop. He was one of the Ironmasters of the Industrial Revolution, so it is an amazing environment to work in with other craft workers.

    I design and make mosaics.

    Bespoke workshops

    For schools and adults

    Each workshop is designed in partnership with you. I will discuss the best workshop content so that you or the school pupils' learning outcomes and experiences are creatively and successfully met. Workshops for adults are limited to four people on site, school workshops can be for a class or whole-school out in school. Please contact me to book a mosaic workshop.

    Learning Resources

    Experienced educator

    I addition to my mosaic work I am also a published primary learning resource designer.

    I work with a wide range of online content providers in the primary education resource field. Resources for teachers and pupils are developed using over twenty years teaching experience in the classroom. I am currently working on a craft handbook to support projects for teachers and pupils in primary schools.

    Designer : Educator

    Mosaic Maker: Freelance Creative Arts and Heritage Education Consultant

    Originally I trained as jeweller and silversmith at Birmingham School of Jewellery, and now I have transferred many of those gem-setting skills to larger mosaic designs. I am still very attracted to using highly reflective materials and surface patterns, textiles and colour.

     

    Recent work has focused on exploring the positive/negative patterns within trees and their branches, silhouetted against the sky. I am also inspired by historic embroidery with bright colours on a dark background. I am currently developing mosaic 'garden interventions', mosaic flowerheads on mild steel rods to sit amongst border planting to add points of interest in a garden design.

     

    My work is available to commission but mosaics are also on display in my studio and through VAN Gallery in Shrewsbury and Willow Gallery in Oswestry.

     

    My work features in the Maker's Directory on UKHandmade and Madebyhandonline. I would welcome opportunities to work with garden, architecture and interior designers on collaborative installations.

     

    Mosaic artwork for sale is available in my Etsy Shop and work in progress updates and inspiration on Social Media

  • Mosaics

    Made to commission and ready-made studio mosaics.

    Sixteen Hearts

    Wedding Commission

    A romantic commission to create sixteen heart garden stakes for a couple renewing their wedding vows. One for each year of their marriage.

    School Arts Week

    Market Drayton Infant & Nursery School

    Fantastic opportunity to work with Year 1 and 2 pupils creating a series of three mosaics that reflect their school logo of the Gingerbread Man and the beautiful school grounds. These designs are destined to hang outside the school's reception to welcome everyone.

    Royal Wedding Commission

    Fifi Interiors, Shrewsbury

    The very lovely people at Fifi Interiors in Milk Street in Shrewsbury commissioned a series of regal crown garden stakes to display (and sell) outside their shop during the recent royal wedding celebrations.

    Mosaic Pop-Up Garden Commission

    Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

    SMAG approached me to take part in a project they were running to make links to the Shrewsbury Food Festival, promoting healthy eating and growing your own food. My part was to work with museum visitors to create a series of two panels using the highly floral and decoartive Coalport ceramic collection for inspiration. Read more about the project in my blog.

    The Mosaic Florist

    New Design Direction

    What started as a way of utilising those annoying off-cuts of backing board, the flowerhead series has developed. A commission for a series of different and more elaborate flowers earlier in teh year has now perculated into a whole series of individually made garden stakes to add colour to a border.

    Battlefield Blooms

    Exhibition January - March 2018

    To mark the centenary commemoration of the end of WW1 and at the Theatre Severn a new production of Poppyfields The Musical, there will be an exhibition of artists' work responding to those themes. After several explorations of ideas, the final piece has now been constructed and ready for submission. Willow pattern plates cut into cornflower petals represent both domestic life of 1914 and the flower of remembrance in France. The triangular shape with a glowing, glittering gold top was to create a dynamic upwards movement, uplifting with a bird rising out of the poppies. The cut away in the centre is to create an aperture through which to look beyond.

    Farewell Present Commission

    School Installation

    What to buy a school community on retiring was a question posed by a local primary teacher. She decided on commissioning a bespoke mosaic to be mounted on an exterior wall for the children to enjoy. The tree motif referenced the school's logo and the garden idea came about as the teacher had led the school's gardening club. It had to be light, colourful and playful! The mosaic measures 50cm x 50cm with a mid-oak stained wood frame, beige grout and a selection of broken china, stained glass and mirror tiles.

    Flowerhead Commission

    Garden Interventions

    As part of a garden being opened to the public during the National Garden Open Garden Scheme 2018, a client wanted to include some 'garden interventions', just in case flowers were late to bloom! Altogether there were three designs created, anenome, daffodil and peony with three flowerheads of each.

    Triangle Experiment

    Prep work for Battlefield Blooms

    This was an experimentation in using geometric shapes and floral motifs in preparation for a larger piece for an upcoming exhibition. Here are two of the three pieces to hang together in different combinations, smallest to largest, vice versa or randomly. I introduced a small amount of picassette, reducing several willow pattern plates to small rounds and flower petals. The willow pattern was making references to domestic china of the early C20th found in many working class homes.

    Mirror, Mirror

    Decorative and Functional

    Talking to colleagues at the Visual Arts Network in Shrewsbury, I decided to move the embroidered tree idea on towards more functional designs. The first two mirrors were 50cms in diameter so allowed a geometric shape to be surface patterned. Early feedback has been good so I'm experimenting on some smaller mirrors to see how the scale works.

    The Forest

    The studio wall

    Miniature tress have now been added to the forest that is now the studio wall. I have been playing with the perspective, using large and small trees. The embroidered idea is still a strong theme and getting some positive feedback after two Open Studio weekends in Shrewsbury.

    Twin Trees

    Extending the embroidered trees further

    The single trees worked in isolation as decorative panels, now I extended the design to create a double tree, making more of the curved base and the earth between the roots.

    Tudor Blackwork

    My other job

    As I also work as a museum educator I have access to some amazingly inspirational historic objects. One of these is a glorious Tudor velvet bedcovering, embroidered with rich and vivid silk thread. The pops of bright embroidery against a dark background. The black grout seems to both unify and intensify the mosaic designs.

    New work

    'Embroidered' Tree Series

    Looking back over some silk painting work created some years ago, I decided that the tree silhouette would be a good starting point. Someone had recently suggested using thermal panels, which can be cut using a utility knife. The positive and negative effect of the branches against a sky created beautiful patterns.

    All good ideas

    ... start with a chai latte

     

    After initial discussions with clients, whether for a private commission or a school workshop, ideas are drawn up and sample materials selected and presented as a mood board.
     
     

    London Garden I

    Inspiration

    Series of mosaic roundels 50-30cms in diameter. This commission started with one roundel on the back wall and using a metal lizard water feature as inspiration.

    London Garden II

    Why not have two more?

    The clients were so pleased with the effect of the sunlight on the mosaic that they commissioned two more in the series of lizards and dragonflies.

    Mixed Media Materials

    To catch the light

    ,As many of the mosaics are designed for outdoor spaces, I use highly reflective materials including mirrored glass ... a lot! The effect created as the sunlight dances and catches the designs just brings the mosaic alive.

    Hampton Wick School Newt

    And everybody helped!

    This four by two metre mosaic was designed and made with pupil and staff input. The newt is the school emblem and red is definitely their school colour. Children from Nursery through to Year 2 came to work in the pop-up workshop and were very proud of the finished mosaic.

    MacIntosh Influence

    Inspired by Glasgow

    This commission was for a large cheeseboard and the design was influenced by a visit to the C. R. MacIntosh house in Glasgow.

    Walton on Thames

    Wall Mosaic

    Exterior Wall Installations

    Working in rectangles, the mosaic was a chance to use lots of different coloured Van Gogh glass. Inspiration for the colours came from the colour of the London bricks and several purple and mauve bushes planted below.

  • Workshops

    Bespoke, high quality, well-designed workshops, resources and learning programmes.

    Next Marvellous Mosaic Workshop

    Studio-based one-day introductory mosaic workshop

    The next Marvellous Mosaic workshops will be running on the following Saturdays and are an introduction to making simple mosaics:

     

    NEW WORKSHOP DATES FOR 2019!

     

    12 January - fully booked

    16 February - 4 places available

    16 March - 1 place available

    6 April - 5 places available

     

    To book a place please use the contact form. The day runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm and you don't need any previous experience. The day will introduce which base to use, how to cut glass and ceramic tiles, using adhesives and grouting to complete either a coaster, trivet or a heart decoration. It all takes place in my studio in the heart of historic Shrewsbury in Shropshire and with only small groups you will receive all the guidance you need! And did I mention cake?

     

    This is a photo of some of my talented workshop mosaic makers. It has also been truly great to have received a Silver Certificate from Craft Courses, for achieving more than five excellent reviews. Thank you to all the lovely folk who submitted those reviews!

     

    "I wanted to thank you for a very enjoyable mosaic workshop. It was lovely to meet you and have such a wonderful experience. I came away feeling I had achieved much more than I expected and I was extremely pleased with the mosaic piece I created. Thank you once again"

     

    Jeanette

    Art workshops

    Tailor-made to suit your school

    I am a fully qualified and experienced primary teacher and my DBS can be checked through the Government Update Service. Workshops can be booked for half or full days, several days or as part of your school's arts week celebrations. Workshops can focus on children exploring a new artistic skill or working collaboratively on one piece of artwork. Schools often have a site-specific piece in mind that they would like to display. I use a variety of media including, mosaic, acrylic paint, gold-leaf, textiles, wire-work, junk modelling and mod roc. The themes are endless, which is why I will discuss in detail your requirements before you make your booking.

    Hampton Wick Infant & Nursery School

    The Klimt Angel

    Children from Nursery through to Year Two contributed to this massive triptych, learning the skills of acrylic painting on canvas, gold leafing and relief work. They also developed their team-working and critical thinking skills. The work was commissioned by the school as part of their annual Arts Week.

     

    "Lindsey has worked with our school community for over 15 years on many wonderful creative projects. These have included 2D and 3D art and design projects, individual, group and whole school collaborations and also community wide installations. With skill, passion and knowledge, children have used a wide range of mixed media including acrylic paints, mosaic tiles, gold leaf, mod roc and recycled materials. From pursuing children’s ideas and igniting their creativity through marvellous projects to having a dedicated focus upon Take One Picture artwork, the experiences with Lindsey as our artist in residence has always been meaningful, invigorating, enjoyable and fun! Worth every penny!"

     

    Heidi Johnson-Paul, Head Teacher, Hampton Wick Infant & Nursery School

    Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden

    Spring Bug Family Workshop

    Families came along for half day workshops using junk modelling to create some stunning spring bugs. This workshop was one of several designed to encourage family learning within the gallery. It was part of a learning programme designed as part of a new museum development project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is works successfully in school as children work on problem-solving and how to fix a variety of materials together.

    Artist Studio in School

    Keeping the mess under control

    The most effective way of working with many children across a school seems to be to set up an 'artist's studio'. Children can then come and visit in groups, working around a table with all the materials to hand. The photograph shows a mosaic set up over week in a corridor so that the children could watch the progress of the piece.

    Hampton Wick Infant & Nursery School

    Focus on Drawing Skills

    Everyone, from Nursery through to Year 2, spent sometime outside sketching the school buildings. The school was about to be re-developed so this was a way of recording what was there. The children used simple black fine-liner pens on postcard size card and explored their observational skills, drawing what the=at saw not what they thought they could see! All the drawings were then assembled to create one stunning display.

    Gordon Russell Museum, Broadway

    Museum in a Box Outreach to Schools

    Some projects have involved working in consultation with schools to create remote learning resources for museums and galleries. This resource box for schools was designed to encourage secondary school design pupils to engage with the Gordon Russell Design Museum. This was a small part of a wider outreach learning programme, researched and developed to support this recently created museum.

  • BLOG

    Studio Updates

    Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft It has taken me a while to feel that the right time had...
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  • Educational Projects

    Engaging people.

    Artist in Residence and Workshops

    On-site creative arts workshops.

    Heritage Lottery Project Consultation

    Advice and development on learning and audience engagement.

    CPD Training in Art, Craft and Design

    Sharing expertise with non-specialist teachers, staff and volunteers.

    Learning Programmes and Resources

    Development of heritage learning programmes and resources.

    Museum and Gallery Workshops

    Creative practical workshops designed and delivered for all ages.

    Heritage Volunteer Training

    Supporting and developing volunteer staff in heritage settings.

  • SOCIAL

  • Clients

    Interpreting ideas and aspirations for creative audience engagement.

    Museum Learning

    Clients

    Landmark Trust

    National Library of Scotland

    University of Wales, Swansea

    Court Barn Museum

    Gordon Russell Design Museum

    Windermere Steamboat Museum

    Clifton Park Museum

    Abergavenny Castle & Museum

    Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

    Museum of London

    World Monument Fund Britain

    Boston Castle, Rotherham

    Melton Carnegie Museum

    Community Archives Wales

    Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

    Ayscoughfee Hall Museum

    The Parish Church of SS Mary and Nicolas, Spalding

    Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon

    The Landmark Trust

    Gloucestershire County Council

    South Wales Miners' Coalfield Library, University of Wales

    Schools

    Clients

    Hampton Wick Infant & Nursery School, Middlesex

    Priory Preparatory School, Birmingham

    Blockley Primary School, Gloucestershire

    Hampton Infant School, Middlesex

    Charlton Kings Infant School, Cheltenham

    Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden

    Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

  • CONTACT

    I look forward to hearing from you!

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