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Community mosaics and commissions

Glittering Shards: Community mosaics and commissions

Glittering Shards

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Community mosaics and commissions

 I'm not sure I ever properly posted pictures of the beautiful, and very large community mosaic I was involved in making at our local parish of St. Anselm's in Tooting Bec. We were in full flow making it this time last year in time for the church's centenary. Well, here it is! We just got back from church this morning and every time we go, my kids want to go up to it, touch it, talk about it, ask me to point to the bits I made. The mosaic is a lovely representation of community and history as well as images of faith. It was overseen by Tessa Hunkin of Mosaic Workshop fame and was made by a core group of people from the parish - taking two years! Well worth it don't you think?

I took these shots of the mosaic partly to show the background to a lovely lady who has commissioned me to make another (not quite so large, but still rather big) mosaic as a memorial to her dear husband who died nearly two years ago, leaving her and her two children behind (one yet  to be born). I have not mentioned it here before as I wanted to respect her privacy as its such a personal mosaic - it will go on his grave and has images that represent his life - but when I mentioned this to her she graciously said that of course I could talk about it here as it is my art. So here's a little look at the mosaic which has been totally occupying me for the last two months. What a privilege it is to be making it. 

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  • Hello! i really enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing the children's mosaics and those hand prints! Great idea. I'm on Kelly's course too. hoping it will be fun!

    By Blogger dandelion dreamer, at 30 May 2010 at 23:47  

  • Oh, another dandelion lady here :) I too am popping over from Flying Lessons ... wanted to say what you wrote about pacing yourself, balancing creative work/family/time all resonated with me. I am an "explorer" right now and one of my concerns is letting myself get overwhelmed and losing sight of my priorities - what Kelly wrote about keeping in alignment with my vision for myself, my soul and my family.

    Anyway, I am totally blown away by your work here - so unique and original! I look forward to seeing how you manage the pacing ... hopefully some tips I can store away for when I figure out my path!

    have a lovely day!

    :) lis

    By Blogger Lis, at 2 June 2010 at 15:42  

  • That is so great Concetta! What an honor! And I am guessing you have a door on your studio? :)

    By Blogger Dana Barbieri, at 2 June 2010 at 23:43  

  • Thanks so much for the wonderful encouragement guys, I really appreciate it! My studio is at the bottom of the garden, away from little ones (which I presume you are getting at Dana!). And yes Lis, I really appreciate knowing others are grappling the same issues. Helps a lot eh? x

    By Blogger Concetta, at 3 June 2010 at 14:37  

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