Oh hello, what’s going on here then? A bit of grape pressing in a Byzantine church of the Saints Lot (of pass the Lot) (more later) and Procopius in Jordon. Procopius was a scholar and historian. His great tome of secret writing was planned to be published after Justinian died for fear it might unsettleContinue reading “Fancy a glass of wine?”
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Mosaics at Cottonopolis
Busy bees in Cottonopolis Facing Manchester Albert Square is Manchester Town Hall. A grand municipal building looking like a jumbled up Houses of Parliament; it was acknowledged for its beauty by John Ruskin. This imposing Neo-gothic structure was designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1877. Manchester is known for its hard working ethos; the factories formedContinue reading “Mosaics at Cottonopolis”
Bluebird When I hear the word bluebird I am reminded of the ‘Bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover. Blue birds don’t live in the UK! What is that all about? This sparkly fella would be perfect to cheer up a patio. Blue birds herald from the United States in the Rocky mountains. They areContinue reading “Bluebird”
The Festive Fox
Foxes are related to dogs BUT they have a feline trait – they can retract their claws! They can also make 40 different sounds; that’s impressive. And unlike normal foxes this fox isn’t smelly. Foxes are mischievous, opportunists, playful, curious, clever and wise and are often part of folklore and children’s literature, especially in EuropeContinue reading “The Festive Fox”
An ode to the Christmas pud!
A Christmas pudding is the spirit or symbol of Christmas, but how many of us still eat it? Is it just a token Christmas card on the mantelpiece? Not many of us. We are always too full to eat the pudding, but if we have it, we eat figgy pudding. Those of you who knowContinue reading “An ode to the Christmas pud!”
In a bit of a fluster.
Return to sender – a salutary tale. A Salutary Tale Prince of Wales feathers or Fleur de Lys? These two symbols that are interchangeable- so I thought – however from a bit of research I find it is a common mistake. Both form the same overall shape and stem from a central bejeweled coronet andContinue reading “In a bit of a fluster.”
The first of the ‘In conversation with’…series
In Conversation with… Rob Turner from Kent A 40 minute conversation with…. – series of conversations about working with mosaic. Grab a coffee and relax https://vimeo.com/user119831089/review/479836755/7e2dc88c3e
The plaice for a fish
The plaice for a flat fish I couldn’t avoid the pun, sorry. This has been made for a Lazy Susan – a table centre piece. Although these wonderful creatures live all over the world, the European plaice live on the sandy continental shelf in about 10 metres of water and are able to survive lowContinue reading “The plaice for a fish”
Are we being a wuss about lockdown?
Are we being wusses? Another lockdown – are we being wusses about this; or is it one long battle? Last weekends’ news from Boris Johnson and Michael Gove has been pretty shocking for all; the effect and impact it has on us in Wales is not to be taken glibly. Our lockdown overlaps England’s lockdown.Continue reading “Are we being a wuss about lockdown?”
A walk for well-being can give inspiration
Inspiration from found objects This is a term used for ‘found objects’ is object trouve. Mosaic designs start from many sources; commissions, childhood memories, colours, or just the tiles themselves. Just recently I purchased some gorgeous velvet beetroot iridescent tiles from Bath mosaic supplies. For me this is like coveting a pair of high heelContinue reading “A walk for well-being can give inspiration”