For those of you who know me personally, follow my angst about being a ‘real’ artist, and in an art world where mosaics are deemed ‘craft’, I do have my moments when I like to push the buttons and create Art for Exhibitions. However, I also think that there is a place for frivolous and affordable ‘art’, that brings joy to someone, be it as a gift or for oneself.
So on Wednesday, I hit both ends of the spectrum. I kitted out my 1m x 2m section of a wall in a lovely shop in Stockbridge, Edinburgh with a variety of flowers, fish, Om’s and lighthouses… all small mosaics on recycled slates.
and then I helped install the Contemporary Mosaic Exhibition at Patriothall, on Hamilton Place. My piece is entitled “Paolozzi’s Garden (Imagined)”, and depicts a bright garden (bright like a lot of Paolozzi’s mosaics were) with a sombre sculpture (sombre like a lot of his sculptures were)
So from one extreme to another.
Back to Popping up in Stockbridge – what a lovely shop – enticing goodies to buy and really friendly staff, who are makers themselves. So more at the quality ‘craft’ side of the shopping experience rather than a gallery, Popping up in Stockbridge is rammed to the gunnels with mosaics, lampshades, jewellery, upcycled furniture, cards and notebooks, prints and paintings… a shop with a wide selection to buy those gifts for… not yet ready for the C word!
so a few snaps that I took to show you what I mean!
And at the other end of the spectum, the Contemporary Mosaic Exhibiton is coming along a treat, showcasing work from BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaic). Opening on Saturday, there are over 40 different pieces of mosaic art. I am always amazed at how different each persons work is, and what we use to create our mosaics, from traditional mosaic tiles and glass, to broken crockery (that’s me) and stones… all totally different. And rarely seen together as a collective, so you can compare and contrast. So two snapshots from Wednesday
Open from Saturday 23rd, 12 noon until 5pm, at Patriothall, Hamilton Place, Stockbridge
BAMM is a member organisation – visit their website if keen on mosaics