MOSAICS

Community Projects, Private and Public Commissions

                                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaic is an ancient and  incredibly versatile art form, and produces work that is not only stunning to look at, but is tactile too. We undertake public and private commissions as well as running community projects. See headings below.

Mosaics can be for indoor or outdoors, on board for wall mounting, three dimensional mosaic sculpture, or mosaic cast in concrete for floor mosaic. The cast concrete method means that the mosaic is extremely strong a durable. All of our outdoor mosaics are made with frost proof materials, and by methods to ensure that the finished product is suitable to withstand the elements.
Some examples of previous projects and commissions appear below, but if you do not see what you want, please ask!

We also run mosaic courses. Please see the courses available, by clicking here. We can also run training to your specific requirements, one on one, or mosaic parties.

 

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This mosaic featuring medicinal plants and herbs was specially made for the ‘Places of Change’ garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2010.


Community & Schools Projects

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Otley Heritage Mosaic made by local groups and children (above)

School Mosaic via the Big Hoo-HaSchool Mosaic via the Big Hoo-HaSchool Mosaic via the Big Hoo-Ha

Year 5 and 6 pupils made this mosaic to go on the wall outside the entrance of their school.

Mermaids, by the Big Hoo-Ha

This mosaic was made by men
at a homeless hostel in Bradford,
to go in the hostel garden.

We have worked with a variety of community groups, including schools, inter-generational groups, learning disabled groups, homeless hostels,  groups involved in or at risk of offending.

 

Much of our recent work has been with arts in health groups, including a deaf centre and mental health groups, those with drug addiction issues. We have also worked with family learning groups.

community mosaic made with deaf groupA group of deaf people made this mosaic for their deaf centre, in Bradford. (see left)

community mosaic made at homeless hostelA group of homeless men, with alcohol and other addiction problems created this mosaic to go in their hostel garden, as part of an allotment and gardening project. The mosaic also made it to the Chelsea Flower Show in 2010 (right), where it formed part of the Eden Project Places of Change Garden (Silver Medal)

Our workshops are suitable for ages 9 – 90 (they are not suitable for those under 5, as sharp pieces of tile are sometimes used. Children between 5 and 8 need to be accompanied by an adult).

This mosaic (left) was designed and made by a group of women at risk of offending, as part of a gardening and allotment project. The mosaic is now installed at the allotments in West Bowling, Bradford.

This cast concrete (right) mosaic was made by an intergenerational group (aged from 8 to 92) in Bramley, Leeds. Nothing is completely vandal proof, so when a group of local teenagers had a fire on top of this mosaic shortly after it was installed, we were pleased that there was no damage!

 

Mosaics at the Big Hoo-Ha, OtleyMosaics at the Big Hoo-Ha, OtleyA typical community project will run for 10 or 20 sessions. To begin with participants make a small 15 cm square mosaic, which they can keep. Design ideas for the main mosaic come from the participants, and the final design includes all of those ideas. The group then makes the mosaic. For reasons of practicality, and health and safety, the mosaic is usually made by sticking the tiles to a paper design, with water soluble PVA glue. The final manufacture of the mosaic, using cement based adhesives and grouts, will normally be done by the artist.

Smaller stepping stone mosaics can be made is small groups or by individuals, to form a path.

Private and Public Commissions

Commission from Leeds International Piano Competition to mosaic a piano- available to be pplayed by passers by at the junction of Albion Street and Albion Place 21st August to 10th September 2015

 

Mosaic eye, above, doorstep for Optometrists' shop refurb.
Privately Commissioned Mosaics at the Big Hoo-Ha, OtleyPrivately Commissioned Mosaics at the Big Hoo-Ha, Otley

We have undertaken private commissions, and commissions for local authorities and schools, as well as for The Eden Project’s Places of Change garden, which won a silver medal at the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show.

Tiles, pebbles and marble are the most suitable materials for outdoors, but Italian smalti, glass and other materials can also be used.A wide range of materials and styles are available. Mosaics can be internal or outdoors, wall mounted, three dimensional sculpture, or cast concrete floor mosaic.

Privately Commissioned Mosaics at the Big Hoo-Ha, OtleyPrivately Commissioned Mosaics at the Big Hoo-Ha, OtleyPrivately Commissioned Mosaics at the Big Hoo-Ha, Otley

Cast concrete pebble mosaics suitable for outdoors                                

Above: This ‘beware of the dog’ mosaic is based on Roman mosaics found at Pompeii

Below: 3D garden sculpture mosaic

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Garden fishpond mosaic, inspired by design by Gary Drostle, see his website www.drostle.com

 

Privately Commissioned Mosaics at the Big Hoo-Ha, OtleyPrivately Commissioned Mosaics at the Big Hoo-Ha, OtleyPrivately Commissioned Mosaics at the Big Hoo-Ha, OtleyPrivately Commissioned Mosaics at the Big Hoo-Ha, Otley

Abstract marble and smalti mosaics 

Fireplace mosaic at the Big Hoo-Ha

Fireplace using geometric Roman design


This mosaic was commissioned for a park play area in Horsforth, Leeds . The ideas/pictures were inspired by drawings done by pupils from a local primary school, detailed images below.

Please contact us with your ideas or requests. We are happy to design from scratch, or to make a very specific mosaic at your direction

Price is very difficult to quote without knowing precisely what you want. Price is based on the size of the mosaic, the level of detail in the design, the method of manufacture needed and the materials to be used.  Please contact us for details.