Mosaic Maker | Educator
Contemporary Mosaics for Home & Garden
Designing, making and education
Developing hand crafted mosaics
My studio is hidden away in a small historic courtyard in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. It is in the stable 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 contemporary craft mosaics for the home and garden. 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.
My work is available to commission but mosaics are also on display in my studio and through VAN Gallery in Shrewsbury, Linden Tree Gallery in Much Wenlock, Willow Gallery in Oswestry, Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno and
Fitch and Fellows in Thame.
Designer : Educator
Mosaic Maker: Educator
Recent mosaic 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. A sort of mosaic floristry is emerging as I apply the design structures of flower arranging to my mosaic boards.
I am very happy to work to commission so please contact me to have an initial discussion about a potential new artwork. Recent commissions have included retirement presents, garden art, wedding gifts and site-specific mosaic wall art.
I also work as an educator with Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and as a Creative Practitioner with Meadow Arts. Devising and leading art and craft-based workshops with both young people and adults is a wonderful balance to the more solitary working in my studio.
Please contact me if you are would like to discuss a bespoke workshop, not just for mosaics but also using other media. Past workshops have included textiles, papier mache, junk modelling and fine art. I have also lead several whole-school art projects using the National Gallery's Take One Picture initiative.
Adapting to Corona Virus
Creative Adaptation, making podcasts
A large amount of creative thinking was necessary when the corona virus pandemic hit in March 2020. With the studio abruptly closed along with all selling outlets in galleries the future looked pretty uncertain. This is when portfolio working came into its own. With a background in museum education and a deep interest in how art can support mindfulness and well-being, a project with Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery that was supposed to be in reality, suddenly became a virtual one.
The ten mini podcasts are now available on You Tube. They will shortly all be available on the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery website. Each one is accompanied by a series of activity idea sheets to get people engaged in creative responses to the podcasts. The activities will also be included in support of Arts Awards through the Shropshire Library Service.
SMAG are really keen to see the responses people make and are actively encouraging everyone to share their work. Use the hastags #mindfulmuseums #museumfromhome and tagging @shrewsburymuseum and @shrewsmuseum.
" I just watched the teapot podcast, it is so relaxing and enjoyable. You have the perfect voice for a mindfulness podcast and it is pitched perfectly. My only criticism is that it made me put the kettle on for a cuppa."
A.R., Teacher, Birmingham
Please send me a message through the contact page if you are interested in discussing commissioning similar podcasts for your museum or gallery.
Made to commission and ready-made studio mosaics.
It's just a Daisy
Over the past two years I have been exploring the idea of mosaic floristry. Latest work has been more about miniature garden, taking the garden stakes I usually make and working to about 10% of their size. The steel rods are really fine and the flowerheads bob as the wires vibrate with any movement. Some of the gardens are on one block with several flowerheads and stars. Here I have made several individual blocks with single or dual glowers so that they can be re-arranged.
Winter Open Studios
Artists and Makers across Shrewsbury
Artists' studios are open for one weekend in Shrewsbury Town Centre. Explore the hidden corners of Shrewsbury. Have a peek inside the places where the artists and makers beaver away and find out how they create their work and what inspires them.
This is an opportunity to find something handmade and special.
Pick up a map at my studio to start your tour.
Saturday 30 November
Sunday 1 December
10 am to 5 pm each day.
'In Colour' Makers' Showcase
Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno
I was priviledged to be invited by the Mostyn Gallery to exhibit my mosaic floristry as part of their In Colour Showcase of makers. The showcase runs from 2 February to 2 June 2019. I decided to submit my latest developments in mosaic, referencing the graphic lines of the 1930s with a series of taper tree wall panels and a new range of mosaic garden stakes. The Gallery are also stocking more of my mosaics in their shop, which opens up a whole new audience for my work.
Six Panel Tree Mosaic
The commission was to create a series of 20 centimetre sqaure panels, each to be a variation of a tree design. You can read more about the commission in the blogs section.
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, created by the children, 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
'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
London Garden I
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.
Contemporary Handmade Mosaics for the Home & Garden
Contemporary mosaic artwork for the home and garden
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:
WORKSHOP DATES FOR 2020
Under the most recent advice on the coronavirus pandemic from the UK Government, all further mosaic workshops have been postponed as it is so important to keep everyone involved as safe as possible.
New extra workshop dates will be listed as soon as restrictions on social distancing and travel are lifted.
20 June - 1 place available
25 July - 1 place available
15 August - 5 places available
26 September - 3 places available
17 October - 5 places available
7 November - 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 Gold Certificate from Craft Courses, for achieving excellent reviews. Thank you to all the lovely folk who take time to submit reviews!
"Just wanted to say thank you so much for yesterday. Honestly it's the first time in weeks that I've felt completely happy and absorbed, instead of worried and anxious. Loved everything about the whole event. You really are amazing, your style and creativity are genuinely inspirational. And I'm totally in love with my piece. Thank you so much for your time."
"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."
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.
The Mosaic is amazing!! We are all so pleased! The children love it! Thank you for your hard work!
Art Co-ordinator, Hodnet School
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.
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.
Stockists, Exhibitions, Commissions & Events
Linden Tree Gallery, Much Wenlock
Mostyn Gallery Shop, Llandudno
Fitch and Fellows, Thame, Oxfordshire
VAN Gallery, Shrewsbury
Willow Gallery, Oswestry
FiFi Interiors, Shrewsbury
Visit the Gallery Shop on my website
Etsy at @LKPortfolio
Visual Arts Network, Theatre Severn Shrewsbury, 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Sept/Oct 2019
Visual Arts Network, University Centre Shrewsbury, Winter Exhibition, Sept 2019/Apr 2020
Visual Arts Network, VAN Gallery Shrewsbury, Festivals Exhibition, July/August 2019
Belle Vue Arts Festival Annual Exhibition, Mosaic Panel from Opportunity School Project, May/Sept 2019
Visual Arts Network, VAN Gallery Shrewsbury, 30:30 Exhibition, May/June 2019
Willow Gallery, Oswestry, Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft Annual Summer Exhibition, 16 July to 1 September 2019
Showcase In Colour - Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno 2 February to 2 June 2019
Wilfred Owen 100 - Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Open Exhibition October 2018 to Jan 2019
Winter Open Exhibition - Willow Gallery, Oswestry November 2017 to January 2018
Sponsored Pop-Up Shop by Square - Great Western Arcade, Birmingham, September 2017
Private Commission, Hall Mirror, January 2020
Commission, Dragonfly Coasters for Corporate Office, December 2019
Opportunity Pre-School Mosaic Project - Acer Tree, Children and Parents creating a new mosaic for the pre-school building entrance wall, May-September 2019
Private Commission - A Pair of Golden Cockerels Garden Stakes, May 2019
Meadow Arts and Shrewsbury Cathedral Primary School - Whole School Textile Project, March 2019
Private Commission - Six Panel Trees December 2018
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery - Artist Residency for Pop Up Garden Project working with Families and Shropshire Mind June - July 2018
Hampton Wick Infant & Nursery School - Artist Residency, whole-school project Chillax Garden painted totem poles
Private Commission - Sixteen Hearts garden mosaic stakes for a wedding party, June 2018
Hodnet Primary School - Artist Residency for Arts Week, School Logo Mosaic, June 2018
Private Commission - Garden Wall Panel for School Grounds to celebrate a retirement, March 2018
Visual Arts Network Poppies Exhibition - Mosaic submitted as part of a remembrance-themed exhibition,Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury February 2018
Hampton Wick Infant & Nursery School - Under the Sea whole-school drawing project, November 2017
Commission by Square - Corporate Logo Mosaic, September 2017
Upcoming Events for 2020
Still Life Exhibition, Visual Arts Network, VAN Gallery, Shrewsbury - 3 May - 13 June 2020 - now online www.visualartnetwork.org.uk
Belle Vue Arts Festival - online exhibition www.bellevueartsfestival.co.uk
Open Studios - Weekend Summer Event, Shrewsbury, June 2020 cancelled due to Corona Virus restrictions
Gardens & Allotments Exhibition, Visual Arts Network, VAN Gallery, Shrewsbury - 2 August - 19 September 2020
Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft Member's Exhibition - Willow Gallery, Oswestry - 6 July - 22 August 2020
Christmas Winter Show, Visual Arts Network, VAN Gallery, Shrewsbury - 1 Nov - January 2021
Gorgeous Show - Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, Enginuity, Ironbridge, 14-15 November 2020
Shrewsbury Winter Open Studios - Weekend Christmas Event, Shrewsbury, December 2020
Shrewsbury Winter Open Studios - Weekend Christmas Event, Shrewsbury, 30 November - 1 December 2019
Gorgeous Show - Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, Enginuity in Ironbridge, November 2019
Shrewsbury Open Studios - Shrewsbury 8 & 9 and 15 & 16 June 2019 (open 10-4 on Saturdays, 11-3 on Sundays) and also showing the work of sculptor, Olivia Ferrier
Belle Vue Arts Festival - showing mosaics in progress from the Opportunity Pre-School project, 3-15 June 2019
Participate Gallery - as part of the SYOS there will be pieces of mosaic work on display in the gallery in Ravens Meadow, Shrewsbury 8-16 June 2019
Showing Off - Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, 20 & 21 July 2019, Shrewsbury
Showing Off - Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury, 27 April 2019
Open Studios - Weekend Christmas Event, Shrewsbury, December 2018
Gorgeous Show - Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, Enginuity in Ironbridge, 24-25 November 2018
Open Studios - Weekend Summer Event, Shrewsbury, June 2018
Open Studios - Weekend Event, Shrewsbury, December 2017
My Shrewsbury Magazine - Jan/Feb 2020 issue 'Try It Out' article on learning new skills locally
BBC Radio Shropshire - Interviewed by Mark Elliott for The Seven O'Clock Show, 3 January 2020
My Shrewsbury Magazine - Nov/Dec 2019 issue 'Meet the Makers' and 'Winter Open Studios' feature
Interpreting ideas and aspirations for creative audience engagement.
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
Opportunity Pre-School, Shrewsbury
Hodnet Primary School, Shropshire
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