I am a mosaic artist living and working in Somerset, UK, (but originally a Devon girl).
17 years ago I was making and exhibiting my works of collage and photomontage after having graduated at art college in Cheshire with a Creative Arts Degree.
I moved into a school house in Devon with my partner and first two little boys and asked the headteacher if I could run some art workshops with the kids. He took me to the front of the school and presented me with a wall approximately 2m wide and asked me to mosaic it with the kids.
Armed with mosaic books from the library and advice and help from local builders I taught myself how to build my first mosaic.
Since then I have developed my skills and my style through experimentation and persistence, and of course obsession.
I am inspired by the strength, structure and colours of nature, especially skies, weather, trees and birds. Many of my mosaics are stories that are similar to ancient myths, seeing the world as a primitive and magical place. Often I plan my work as a sequence, to allow the flow of time and movement and this can lead to a stop-motion mosaic animation, allowing me to experiment and make the story come to life.
In 2006 I was awarded professional membership of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen.
I am also a member of BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaic)
I exhibit and sell my work internationally.
I take commissions, run workshops and work with schools.
My website is http://www.rattraymosaics.co.uk