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RSPB Mosaics – progress

Here are 18 of the completed mosaics for the RSPB way markers at Dove Stone Reservoir.  The mosaics will be inserted into wooden fingerposts which are being made by Richard Dawson who has already created this wooden arch at the reservoir.  The flora and fauna shown in the mosaics are all found at Dove Stone with the Peregrine Falcon and the Mountain Hare being particularly important to the site.

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Commission for Royal Brompton Hospital, London

Whoop whoop – I’ve been selected to create some mosaic artwork for the courtyard at the Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea.  The courtyard has just had all its plants and greenery removed due to a weight and water issue and they now need replacing with some colourful mosaics.  During June I’ll be working with patients, visitors, parents, staff and anyone else who wants to get stuck in to make something lovely and mosaicy.Royal Brompton Hospital Mosaic Commission

RSPB Mosaics – progress so far

Here’s the first few mosaics for the RSPB signage.  I’m using the double-indirect method so they’re currently just on brown paper.  The hawker (dragonfly to you and me) has been reversed ready for a test cast into a small concrete slab.  Apologies for the awful photos – forgot my camera today so these are from my phone…

Mosaics Oak LeafMosaics Common Blue ButterflyMosaics DipperMosaics Hawker

Hyde Indoor Market artwork unveiled!

Following six months of consultations, workshops, meetings, fabrication and lots of sanding, the Hyde Indoor Market artwork was unveiled on Saturday 6th April.  As I’ve mentioned previously, the artwork consists of 3D letters which spell out the words ‘Hyde Indoor Market’, with each letter representing something different sold within the market.

In terms of fabrication the letters presented a variety of challenges as they all required different processes to complete them – these included mosaics, mould-making and casting, decoupage, illustration, knitting and painting to name but a few.  Detailed images of each letter can be seen here on the Woodend Artists flickr page but I’ve included a select few below.

Letter-O Letter-K Letter-E Letter-D

Hyde Indoor Market Artwork

Last year, myself and fellow artist Richard Dawson were commissioned by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (TMBC) to create some artwork for Hyde Indoor Market.  The aim of the commission was to increase knowledge and awareness of the market – we worked with the market tenants to come up with a design and concept and worked with local community groups to produce some of the artwork.

The final design is a sign that says ‘Hyde Indoor Market’, with each individual 3D letter depicting something sold within the market.  The letters are a mixture of box frames containing various items, are clad in objects or have graphics applied to their surface.

This is the letter N, which depicts the ladies wear, menswear, footwear and jewellery stalls with an illustration of a wardrobe and the items contained within.  The images show the first pencil drawing of the wardrobe and the inked-in versions and then the final one, which was scanned in, cleaned up in Photoshop and then colour rendered in Illustrator.  The final letter has a wood effect finish on the sides, with a printed vinyl applied to the front with the illustration on.

Illustration wardrobe

Illustration wardrobe Hyde Indoor MarketIllustration wardrobe completed Hyde Indoor Market

Hyde Park Community Orchard Mosaics

Toad mosaic

Toad

I’ve only just got round to photographing (and uploading) some of the finished mosaic elements from the Hyde Park Community Orchard public artwork.  The insects, birds and animals shown here are just a few of the mosaics created for the seating, wildlife discovery trail and pathway to the Orchard, all contained within an apple pip shape that formed a connecting element throughout the artwork.

Wasp

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Swift

mosaic-red-admiral

Red Admiral Butterfly

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Nuthatch

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Greenfinch

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Honey Bee

Colshaw – The Return

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Following on from last year’s art project in Colshaw, myself and fellow artist Richard Dawson were asked by Cheshire East Council and Lime Art to return to the estate to run another project with the same group.  Last year’s project focused on creating artwork for part of a concrete wall on the edge of the park.  As the wall is (very) long and fairly unattractive, we decided it would be good to continue with this theme and create more artwork for the same wall.

Despite numerous and repeated predictions that the original artwork would get vandalised, only one part got burnt (a letter ‘S’ that was wrapped in varnished string) which was quite an achievement.  As part of the second project, we were also asked to replace this ‘S’.

We worked for several evenings with the group of young people to come up with ideas and concepts for what the artwork could be.  Then, during the October half-term we worked for three days to produce the work, which involved creating designs, large-scale drawing, using the fret saw to cut the shapes, sanding, painting and adding final detailing.  Each group member produced a large scale ‘character’ that they drew, cut out of plywood and painted.  We then took them away to varnish (the horrible, toxic, smelly bit) and brought them back to install on a freezing cold Saturday with the help of Steve from local housing association, Riverside.

As ever it was a pleasure to work with this group of young people from Colshaw.  Their energy, enthusiasm and interest in the project made it an incredibly satisfying and rewarding project to work on.  Yes, the group require a fair amount of discipline and control and it is hard work but the kids from this estate are some of the best I have ever worked with and I would choose to work with them again in an instant.

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Mosaic lettering – timelapse

I should have posted this ages ago but have only just worked out how to embed video in to my blog!

This shows the first stage of making the outdoor classroom mosaic floor.  The method being used to create the mosaic is the double-indirect method, whereby the tiles are stuck onto brown paper and then reversed ready for installation.  The fill-in and background colours are added once the detail has been reversed.  To give you an idea of how long the mosaics took to create, the word ‘Merryweather Damson’ which is being created in this time-lapse took about 1 day to complete…

Hyde Park Community Orchard Artwork – installation

Just before the build fortnight on the RHS Tatton show garden, I had 10 days in the rain (plus one dry day) installing artwork in the Hyde Park Community Orchard.  Not ideal weather for installing a mosaic which is mounted on paper but we soldiered on and (almost) got everything finished.

First job was a dry fit of the classroom floor mosaic to check it all fitted together onto the 3m concrete base.  The mosaic was separated into 27 sections, so it took a bit of work to make sure it all went together as it should.

Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork installLaying out the mosaic and cast stone ‘apple pip’ inserts for the Wildlife Discovery Trail sculptures…

Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork installationThen the rain started…

Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork installationWe got the mosaic wording in on a dry Sunday with the help of Des…

Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork installationBut at one point we had two gazebos and three tarpaulins over the mosaic and they still weren’t enough to keep the rain out.

Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork installationRichard Dawson was also installing his oak benches and banquet table at the same time.  These were the holes for the foundations of the banquet table to sit in.  There’s about a foot of water in them here… another couple of hours and they were full.

Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork installationStill smiling… or is that grimacing?

Next Hyde Park Community Orchard post – the finished artwork!