With art, as with most things, it is very easy to keep within your comfort zone. Do what you know works, what is safe, the easy option. However, when I discovered mosaics 8 years ago, one of the key things that got me really interested was the huge variety and different styles of mosaic that were out there. As such an ancient art form, mosaic has taken on a huge variety of guises as it has passed down through the centuries. Various cultures that have developed techniques and styles have added their influences and style to pass on to future generations of mosaic artists. I love the huge scope and potential this wonderful art form offers. The only limitation is the imagination.
Although I do sometimes play it safe, I try to experiment with different styles, techniques and materials especially if I have the time to spend on a new main piece. This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while: glass on glass.
I have made it over a period of time in my weekly sessions with Kitty. As always, Kitty was on hand to offer her help and expertise. She guided me in mastering the art of silicone glue (very sticky, very smelly). She also helped with the ‘flow’ of the piece and suggested different types of glass tiles which I feel really enhance the piece. I was keen on doing something very vivid with blues and greens and we managed to find some lovely pieces of glass some see through, some shiny. I am delighted with the result and the piece is now sitting on my hall window with the sunshine streaming through it. I need to find a permanent home for it but for now, it’s lovely catching it every time I go up and down the stairs. I have had a lot of compliments on it so am keen to make some more pieces, in other colour palettes.
What next – any suggestions? Watch this space.
100 Years of Vogue at the V&A. A wonderful exhibition charting the centenary of this iconic magazine. A real journey through social history. Although most people regard it as a fashion mag, it actually covered the economic, political, cultural and social climate of the day in each edition.
The Capital Ring
Part 3 of the CAPITAL RING – Grove Park to Crystal Palace. A fantastic walk taking in the Downham Woodlan Walk, Beckenham Park Place, crossing the Greenwich Meridian Line and ending up at Crystal Palace with the dinosaurs. This was the longest section of the Capital Ring circuit and it was the perfect day to do it, sunshine all the way.
The second series of Crafty Beggars in the House starts on Tuesday 12th April. Yours truly is the first guest on the first episode and this is my first TV appearance – so great excitement all round.
It was great fun to film and the lovely producers and presenters; Julie Peasgood and Wendy Turner-Webster were very friendly and encouraging, making the process very easy and a relaxed experience as they kept asking questions and prompting me the whole time. My ten minutes of fame flew by and now I can’t remember what I said so I will be watching it from behind the sofa, through my fingers and hoping it turns out OK!
Do tune in – the first episode is being shown 5 days next week as follows:
Tuesday 12th 8pm
Wednesday 13th April 10pm
Friday 15th April 7pm
Saturday 16th April 3pm
Monday 18th April 2pm
Community Channel via the following TV platforms…
Freeview 63 – Freeview HD 109 – Sky 539 – Virgin 233 – BBC iPlayer – Freesat 651 – TVCatchup – TV Player – TV Guide – YouTube – BT Vision
You may have noticed it has been a bit quiet on the Blog front recently. That is because I have been away on a Cross Country ski-ing holiday in Austria. We had a fantastic time and I am pleased to report that all my limbs are in tact and where they should be – which has not been the case on the past 2 ski holidays! (email me for gory details!!).
Its lovely being away from it all in the mountains with the clear air, silence, stunning views, snow and sunshine. The scenery is breathtaking and I certainly get inspired in that environment. I hope to be able to translate some of my photos into mosaics over the next few months. The first time I went cross country to Norway I was inspired to make this piece, entitled ‘Norwegian Moonlight’.
I will have lots of exciting news to report over the next few months but I thought this would be a good opportunity to ask you, my Blog Followers, what you like to hear about in my Blogs. Since starting the Blog in 2014 I have mostly written about events, commissions and my mosaic journey. I have a lovely loyal following which seems to increase every month – so thank you everyone.
What was it that attracted you to my Blog?
Which of my Blogs do you like best – stories, pictures, inspiration, events, commissions?
Is there anything I don’t mention that you would like to hear about?
How can I make sure I keep your interest and you find my Blogs informative, fun, readable?
Do let me know, after all, you are the ones I am writing for so please help me to keep you reading.
I’ve always known I’m artistic but had never found my medium. I can’t draw, paint or sew, I certainly can’t play a musical instrument or sing (well, not in public at any rate). Having a hectic job and a busy social lifestyle I was content to let my arty side manifest itself in my cooking and gardening. I love colour and had an office full of coloured pens, inks, pots of acyrilic paints – but what to do with them? I was content to look at them and add to the collection now and again. I did like ‘colouring in’ but there has never been any colouring potential for grown ups apart from ‘painting by numbers’ Hmmm, I certainly missed a gap in the market there didn’t I!!
That is why I will always be eternally grateful to Julia who introduced me to mosaics and BINGO, I’d found my medium.
I am now in my 8th year of mosaic making and having got a good grasp of the basics, I am ready to develop to the next level. However, being a very practical person, I am not very good at making a mosaic ‘just because I want to’. I tend to need a reason – e.g. its a commission, its going into the shop/gallery. That is partly why I have done exhibitions – not because I think my work is so marvelous the world and his wife ought to see it (although it is nice if people do like and appreciate my work), but because it gives me an outlet and reason for making pieces. It is necessary to have an outlet as there is a limit to how many mosaics you can have round the house and garden!
However, if I want to progress my work, I have to experiment and try new methods and techniques. So my artistic resolution for 2016 is to make a new piece ‘because I want to’, ‘because I want to learn a new technique/style’, ‘because I have a lovely tile I want to use’, ‘because I want to try a colourscheme’ or ‘just because’ without having an end home for the piece. I am hoping that once made, it will find a home for itself anyway.
This has been the case with Baboushka as I liked the idea of the silhouette with flowing hair. Where she will end up, goodness knows. My next venture will be glass on glass because I want to learn how that works.
Wish me luck with my resolution. As I often (jokingly) say ‘I am going to work really hard at being spontaneous’!
January and February are usually film fest time for me. So far: Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl. To come: The Revenant, The Room, The Hateful Eight.