My First Mosaic
Today is my mosaic anniversary. Eleven years ago I met Julia for the first time who introduced me to mosaics. The story is well documented but I still smile when on leaving she said to my hubbie Alan “You won’t believe what she has got into” and I said “No, I ‘ve made one mosaic but I don’t think I’ll be doing anymore” Talk about famous last words!!!
Since then I have made hundreds of mosaics – it would be interesting to know exactly how many but it is impossible to count them all. I have exhibited at a National Trust property 3 times, had several commissions, been part of Richmond Open Studios twice and this year is my second time in BEAT Ealing Art Trail. I have given lessons and talks on mosaics as well as working on a 2 year community project. I am in 2 galleries, a professional member of BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaics) and I have also appeared on TV. So much for my blasé comment to Julia!
Log Cabin Community Project
I often wonder what I would have done had I not got into mosaics. There is no doubt that I spend a lot of time not only making them, but also thinking about them, planning, designing, updating my website and Facebook. Wondering what new areas they can take me to……..an RHS Garden Show would be a dream come true – I’m just putting it out there!
But for me the most important thing was that eventually I found my artistic medium. So, have a look at my short video to follow my journey so far.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE
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Tagged BAMM, Log Cabin Children's Charity, Log Cabin Community Mosaic Project, RHS Garden Show
The Borough of Ealing Art Trail (BEAT) takes place this year on the following dates:
Friday 7th, Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th and Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th of September.
BEATING the drum 2017
I have been a bit more involved this year as (for my sins) I volunteered to join the BEAT Committee so we have actually been planning and arranging things since January. I was so impressed last year (my first BEAT) with the organisation of the whole event that I offered to help by doing the odd job – of course, I should have known I would not get away so lightly. Kitty ‘encouraged me’ to join the committee so how could I say no – would I dare say no!!
We have a great Team that are all focused and gets on with the numerous tasks that need doing. The format has worked well in past years and of course, each year it is tweaked and enhanced to make an even bigger and better art trail. This year we have lots more artists and venues so hopefully even more visitors. You can visit the artist’s page on the website and see a list of the artists taking place along with their profiles, personal statements and photographs.
Promotional Mosaic BEAT 2017
I had a great BEAT last year with over 160 visitors over 4 days. By the 2nd weekend people were coming to see me as they had met others on the trail who recommended my venue. This year I plan to be open for all 6 days (gulp) so I hope people will re-visit me and I get some new visitors as well. No doubt my loyal friends will also pop by and some of them even help me on the day which allows me to nip off for the odd cuppa, comfort break. I am really looking forward to it.
The venue brochure will be available from mid July so do let me know how many copies you want. Hmmm, come to think of it, brochure distribution is my job so please double that number.
A couple of weeks ago I went to Devon for a 2 day glass mosaic course with the brilliantly talented Sue Smith of Sue Smith Glass.
Glass on Glass Tree
I had dabbled a little bit with glass-on-glass mosaics last year and featured a few of them at the BEAT Open Studios event. The response from visitors was very encouraging so I decided to use money made from my BEAT sales to invest in a glass mosaic course. I had seen Sue’s work on-line and was following her on Facebook so she was the natural choice of teacher to help me learn a new medium and to extend my mosaic glass skills.
A 2 day course turned into a very pleasant 4 day break staying in the lovely Fishermans Cot pub in Tiverton.
There were 3 of us on the course which meant we got lots of personal attention and tuition from Sue. The first day we learnt about the glass and the tools, cutting basic shapes to make a small piece. On day 2, once we were all more confident with the glass, cutters and glue gun, we were let loose to raid the material boxes and we all took the opportunity to make a larger mosaic.
Getting stuck in
Sue is a brilliant teacher – she explained all about the materials and demonstrated the tools with great patience until we were all happy with the techniques and different styles and forms. She showed us how to cut odd shapes that then created perfect flowers and how to put a design together. Sue was very generous with her time and materials, letting us use a whole range of beautiful glass and mirror as well as glass beads and enhancements.
A lot of her work was on show so we all took inspiration from her beautiful mosaics. Below are some of her pieces – do visit her website to see more: www.suesmithglass.co.uk
Sue’s Glass Vase
The lesson took place in the local community hall which was a great venue – very spacious, warm with easy parking. There was a fully equiped kitchen so we were able to store things in the fridge and use the microwave for lunch, fresh coffee was on the go all day along with biscuits and snacks. We were able to spread out, with tools and glass scattered all around us, we were all very enthusiastic and our creative energy seemed to have no limits.
Now that I am back home and trying to put things I learnt into practice, I keep wanting to ask and check things with Sue……sometimes I have had to email her to ask a question and she has been more than supportive, giving full explanations and providing links to suppliers. I am finding it very different to my usual mosaic making and I think that will be a title for a later Blog! In the meantime, here we are (l to r: Susan, me, teacher Sue, Maria) proudly showing off our new glass masterpieces.
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Tagged Fishermans Cot Pub, glass mosaics, glass on glass mosaics, Sue Smith Glass, Tiverton
My First Mosaic
We start 2018 with a celebration of 2017 when I reached my 10 year mosaic making anniversary. It all started on 29th July 2007 when we went down to Bexhill-on-Sea to visit our friend Steve and meet his new lady friend, Julia. Although I didn’t think I liked mosaics and was very reluctant, Julia encouraged / cajoled / persuaded me to make a small mosaic piece. No cutting involved, it took me all afternoon but I LOVED IT and was immediately hooked. The rest, as they say, is history.
To celebrate and commemorate my 10 year anniversary the very talented film maker Angela Kay of Little Whale Media has made a video showing my mosaic story. I am delighted with the film and will be promoting and sharing it this year so please have a look, let me know what you think and share it with your friends and contacts.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.
If after watching you feel inspired and it has heightened your interest in mosaics, then keep reading my Blogs which will show my activities and adventures during this year. I will start off with a new style of mosaic making that I have recently been introduced to – coming soon……….
Posted in Commissions, Exhibitions, Galleries and Events, Mosaic Art, Mosaic Development, Mosaic Lessons, My Mosaic Journey, Rosanna Mosaic Artist, Rosanna's Mosaics
Tagged BAL Building Adhesives Ltd, BEAT, BEAT Borough of Ealing Art Trail, commission, Ealing Art Trail, Green Man, Green Man Mosaic, Mosaic Lessons
After month’s of planning, making, grouting and polishing mosaics, updating Blogs and Facebook Posts, delivering brochures, replenishing business cards, reminding friends and anyone I meet – BEAT has arrived and it is NOW!
BEAT Ealing Art Trail is taking place this and next weekend. I will be exhibiting each Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 5pm and I am Venue 45 in the brochure. You can download a brochure from their website www.ealingbeat.org.uk or if you live local, collect one from the many places in the Borough of Ealing.
Do try and come along if you can and also share this Blog and spread the word to others. There are 180 of us local Ealing artists exhibiting our varied work from painting, drawing, ceramics, stained glass, sculptures, photography. We are in 60 venues including our homes, studios, churches, cafes, coffee shops.
We have spent all year preparing for this and we are ready to share our work with you so DO COME ALONG.
For the past 2 years I have been displaying my mosaic art in the North East Art Collective in Newcastle.
They first opened the doors to their unique gallery in 2010 and now display the work of over 150 of the North Easts most amazing talents. Tardis like, they have 11 display rooms which showcase art in all mediums.
Ships and Poppies
Hidden in the heart of Eldon Garden, a shopping centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, they offer a ‘not on the high street’ presence. They are the essence of Art, Culture and Luxury, but unlike most they don’t pick artists for their names and monetary values but select them based on their talent. Standards are high and quality is even higher.
Over the last few months all the artists have been receiving regular emails from Managing Director John and Front of House Manager Gabby, requesting pictures of all our work, sizes, descriptions, artists profile etc. This is because they were working tirelessly on getting the new website up and ready for the launch which took place on Friday 25th August.
Do have a look at their website – it is a fantastic site, very user friendly and easy to navigate. You can search by artist, price range, medium, style of work. But most importantly, people are now able to buy our artwork on-line! This opens up our potential marketplace literally world wide. Who knows where my mosaics might end up!
The BEAT Ealing Art Trail event is picking up momentum and is less than a month away. Yikes!
BEAT – Borough of Ealing Art Trail, is taking place over 2 weekends in September. I am delighted to be taking part this year and have all sorts of great ideas and specials to offer visitors that come to see me at VENUE 45.
The brochure is now available and I am distributing them far and wide, especially in the Pitshanger area. Its a lovely pocket size full colour brochure that shows all the artists with an individual profile, information on opening times, maps and anything else you may need to know about the event. If you want a brochure or if you can take a batch to your work place, school, community group, sports team etc. just give me a shout. The more we get out the better and it would be nice to promote the event in other boroughs as well.
There is also a great website that has all the above info for visitors and lots of helpful advice and tips for us artists. Hints and Tips on exhibiting and how to make the most of Social Media have been particularly useful to me.
Along with showing my work I will have mosaics and cards for sale.
I will also raffle a mosaic at £1 per ticket and all the monies raised from this will be going to the Log Cabin Charity, where I made several mosaics on a voluntary basis.
As it is my fist BEAT I want to make it as interesting for visitors as possible as well as enjoying the experience myself. If you have any great ideas, or you have exhibited before and can offer me any tips do let me know. In the meantime I am busy, busy, busy making mosaics and planning and plotting on how to display everything.
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Tagged BEAT, Borough of Ealing, Ealing Art Trail, Mosaic Exhibition, Mosaic Lesson
This month I have been making mosaics for 10 years.
I felt this was a good reason for a special celebration so I enlisted the help of my good friend and very talented film maker, Angela Kay of Little Whale Media. Her brief was to make a video that captures my passion for mosaics, with an insight into the skill and intricacies involved in mosaic making. I also wanted her to show my 10 year mosaic journey whilst capturing my personality. A big ask!
Angela rose to the challenge and has produced this short video. I am delighted with the result and certainly feel she has met the brief and more! What do you think?
Here is the video – An Artist’s Story
What people have said about the video:
“I have just seen the video ! A fantastic piece of filmmaking it brought tears to my eyes.Never did I think that I would be the person who sent you on this journey I am really proud of what you have achieved over the last 10 years”. Brilliant!!!!” Julia Downer
“Absolutely brilliant ~ both sides of the camera!” JB
“I think that the video is beautifully made. It so easily captures the professional aspect of your work……All the shot locations in and outdoor enhance the passion you have for your work……You should be so pleased with this video, a great piece of film to have but also I hope a tool for future good things as you continue on your mosaic journey.” ND
“Well, you are both incredibly talented! What a beautiful, informative film. I can’t believe how much I have learned and how complete the information is in such a succinct format. …….Simply brilliant! …… You both deserve to go viral!” HS