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Pebble mosaics, guerilla art and flying lessons...all in one weekend!

Glittering Shards: Pebble mosaics, guerilla art and flying lessons...all in one weekend!

Glittering Shards

Monday, June 07, 2010

Pebble mosaics, guerilla art and flying lessons...all in one weekend!

Phew...there is so much going on. All good stuff I hasten to add.

BWS tips button Not sure if I've mentioned, but I am taking the beautiful Kelly Rae's Flying Lessons of the creative kind intensive 5 week e-course on growing your creative business. Thanks to my lovely class mates who have been popping by. I am seriously trying to visit others blogs but there's about 350 of us so it may take a while! I will do a round up of my key nuggets from the course so far later in the week so watch this space!

In the midst of all the reading, thinking about dreams, goals, fears, blog development etc... my work on the large mosaic commission continues (fingers crossed, it will be finished this week ready for installation in a week's time). I have been putting my heart and soul into this mosaic (as I always do!) but not least because of the special nature and meaning attached to this huge piece (1.6metres by 60cm) which will be installed on a grave. You can read more about it here.

My new mosaic workshop students have just started - yay! Another lovely group with a couple of returning students who have got the bug and are trying out more advanced techniques. Have I mentioned how much I love teaching mosaics? (yes, I know, I know!). It is enthralling seeing people tap their creativity and watching the mosaic art emerge. I am hoping to organise an exhibition of my students work in the winter - its just toooo good! Here's a finished piece by Caroline who has returned for more...her first mosaic!
Then on Saturday, along with other local artists, crafters and community builders, I was involved in a special afternoon of making in our local neighbourhood. People descended on a bit of the neighbourhood (Moyser Road for those of you nearby!) and got involved in making street decorations from scrap fabric, plastic bags and the like.
Some guerrilla knitting had been going on secretly and the streets were adorned with various yarn creations. Plastic bags were turned into art, the beginnings of a gown and headdresses for the soon to be Tooting Trashcatchers Carnival - a local celebration on 4th July to promote recycling.
 The carnival is organised  by Transition Town Tooting, part of the Transition Town movement to help us move to a carbon neutral future.
As part of the fun on Saturday, neighbours brought pebbles and broken pots from their gardens which I and a group of about 15 children used to make a mosaic of a kite (they symbol of our local community, called Furzedown Community Network). It left me full of contentment - all the elements I love so much were all there in 3 glorious hours - community, connection, fun, mosaics, crafts, recycling, (oh and the sun shone!). The kids who got involved were just so absorbed in the mosaic making (they always is addictive you know!) and it is just so cool that this piece of work has literally risen from the soil (with the help of a few broken pots). The mosaic will be displayed at our big Furzedown Fun Day on 19th June when the community descends on our little park for music, dance, food, crafts, sport and the like.

I am so very very grateful to live in a neighbourhood where there is so much intentional community. It really wouldn't happen if people didn't have that intent and turn that into small actions. The community feel around here has been years in the making - the actions of many small groups and individuals, seen and unseen. This is what is possible in one of the biggest urban conurbations in the world. London does not have to be a lonely, isolating place. I have believed and lived that for years in this neighbourhood and I will continue to do so 'til I stop breathing as it is my deep conviction that the connections (however small) of daily community are the air to our lungs, expanding us, feeding us, helping us to live rather than just exist. Funny, my very first blog post, back in November 2004 was all about building community in London and when I clicked on the community category on the left sidebar, I realise quite how many blog posts I write in this vein. I guess it's a deep part of me and - as I am being reminded in Kelly Rae's e-course -  blogging is a window to the soul, like letting people peek into the conversations that take place round your kitchen table! Cup of tea anyone?

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  • Hi Concetta

    Thanks so much for coming along yesterday, it was really nice to meet you at last! You're so right about the sense of community round here, loving the guerilla art!....would love to hear about the Kelly Rae course when you've finished....I really like your mosaics, hopefully see them at the Rec on the 19th :)


    By Blogger Rachel Nixon, at 7 June 2010 at 21:35  

  • what a busy fruitful time you've been having! Can;t wait to see some of your 'key nuggets' from the course :)


    By Blogger Amelia, at 11 June 2010 at 00:08  

  • Both the carnival and your workshop look so fun!! That commissioned piece you finished look really amazing and beautiful!! Congratz!! I really love it lots! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to yoU!

    By Anonymous jacqueline, at 11 June 2010 at 01:51  

  • oh and by the way gift grants is back open so do please spread the word to anyone you think might be up for applying!!! :)


    By Blogger Amelia, at 11 June 2010 at 10:34  

  • What a fun and inspiring town you live in! I'm a fellow Flying Lessons student -- thanks for bringing me to your blog. You make beautiful mosaics. I wish we lived closer and I'd take a class. I live in Florida. Love your blog, and I'm going to add it as a link to mine.

    By Blogger Suzanne, at 14 June 2010 at 14:26  

  • Thank you SO much Suzanne. And congrats on becoming president of your local art society - how inspiring!

    By Blogger Concetta, at 16 June 2010 at 11:02  

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