I have various different projects on the go at the moment…a large commission, bird baths for the Bishops Palace garden festival in June and some new work for an exhibition at Glastonbury Abbey in September. All exciting stuff that is keeping my left and right brain buzzing and pinging.
During the in-between times I like to experiment with various other mediums such as animation and digital photo manipulation. Some of you will remember my designs that I made into scarves a few years ago. This time I’ve made some more designs from photos of my mosaics and uploaded them to Redbubble where they are printed onto clothes, wall art, iphone cases, stationary and home-ware. I’ve picked out some favourites to show you but please visit the shop to see more of the products that are available with these designs.
The Golden Leaves this time is the only one without photo manipulation although the scarf is tiled with the photo on the Redbubble software. Please click the pictures to see more or purchase.
Golden Leaves Scarf
Starlings in the Wind Dress
Sunset Swirls chiffon top
Darkness is Gathering in a Swirl cushion
Leaf Swirl notebook
Fish Waves acrylic block
Spinning Moon Moths metal print
Wake of the Chorus drawstring bag
Whirl in a Whirlwind iphone case
Now I MUST get into my work-shed and fondle some glass!
You might remember last year I made some gilded glass brooches, bees (Bah Humbug Bees) and fish (Fish for Funky Punks). They were sold so quickly from various outlets, so this year I thought I would make some more. This time I have redesigned them so they are more refined and they are made of acrylic instead of glass. The acrylic is etched so I can fill in the lines to represent the grout lines, and like the glass ones they are gilded using variegated metal leaf.
Bah Humbug bee brooch
Ocean Gem fish brooch
I have also made some more golden leaf coasters, these are gilded glass on wood. These have also been refined by making them on a thinner plywood with a felt fabric underneath, now perfect for any table!
…and flowers… A collection of new pieces. Please contact me if you are interested in any garden paving stones or bird baths or wish to commission a piece for you garden or home. Click the links to buy feather pictures.
feathers concrete paving stones- stained glass
birch leaf concrete paver – hand gilded glass
leaves concrete paver – hand gilded glass
horse chestnut concrete paver – hand gilded glass
daisies concrete paver – ceramic and gold leaf glass
flowers concrete paver – smalti and gold leaf glass
I have been thinking about transferring mosaic designs onto fabric for years, longer than the big fashion companies such as Dolce & Gabbana! The trouble is they beat me to it!
But seriously I know I will never get as big or famous as they are, (who would want to be that rich and famous??) and I am just doing this as an experiment and through a desire to put down my nippers for a while and do something different. (When I say “for a while”, don’t worry, I am already picking them up again!)
The designs are digitally printed onto fabric. For my scarves I have chosen to use a silky polyester as it drapes beautifully and the colour is bright crisp and sharp.
Apart from making some new pieces of work for an exhibition in January (more details on that soon), I have been refurbishing the walls of my website with my latest work. There is plenty to browse and buy on my online shop. Here are a couple of items that may be of interest.
Golden gilded leaf
The Golden Leavesare £40 small and £50 large. See this and more woodland inspired mosaics here.
Evening Sunis £125. See this and more sun inspired mosaics here.
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The title of this piece came to me through the radio whilst I was making it. That beautiful song written by George Harrison “While my Guitar Gently Weeps,” was playing. All I had to do was replace the guitar for the moon! It was exactly how I saw my mosaic. A waning moon weeping pieces of itself . Leaf shaped pieces that could also be tears. I had made the first sketch a few months ago and after a couple more drawings I was ready to start.
This piece was not without it’s difficulties. I made it using the indirect method to obtain a flat surface. I wanted to use my metal leaf glass together with the thicker depth of the ceramic and glass mosaic tile.
I removed the paper whilst the adhesive was still wet so that I could change anything I wasn’t happy with, and I realized I had forgotten to add more adhesive to the metal leaf glass that I had used for the rings around the moon. I could have removed the pieces and added more adhesive to make it level, however I found that I rather liked the effect of the moon that stood out in relief from the rings. It’s difficult to show it in a photo, you will have to imagine it! (Sorry I can’t just show you the moon, I have to show you the owl too!)
I attempted to make the shadows contrast with the shafts of moonlight like I had drawn them. I used paler glass for the leaves in the moonlight, but my attempt to define this even more by use of pale grout and then silver ink just didn’t work, so I grouted it all in black. If you screw up your eyes you can just make out the rays of moonlight across the leaves 😉
Finally I used silver ink around the trees to emphasize the moonlight and allow some contrast between the trees and the dark blue night sky.
While The Moon Gently Weeps
Again it is very difficult to show the mosaic accurately in a photo. I took the photo outside on a dull day and I even shone a light on the leaves, but they look almost as if they are made of paper coloured in with crayons, you can’t see the shine on the glass. I’ll try again when it is framed and on a wall.