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When art and community meet...

Glittering Shards: When art and community meet...

Glittering Shards

Thursday, May 19, 2011

When art and community meet...

You are never to young or old to make mosaics.  And here is the proof.
These are pictures from one of the mosaic community projects I have been running in the last two months (yes, I've been a busy bee). Lots of women are gathering to make this mosaic celebrating our unity amidst our diversity.
Some of the participants - May, Caroline, Belle and Joti
The youngest participant has been 2 years old, and the oldest, Belle, is 91! She wins the prize for being my oldest ever student (and what a fantastic job she has been doing in the last 5 weeks).
Here's a little technique I invented to help people create neat borders to elements of the picture.  Use blu-tack to create an edge to each 'form' so that pieces are not stuck in the wrong places. Once each form is stuck, you just remove the blu-tack and voila'! Good for working with children too :)

We have 3 weeks left to finish this piece of community art (eek!) before it is unveiled in the community centre where it will live.  It has been wonderful sitting together, nipping, sticking and sharing stories with people of different ages and backgrounds (we have counted true Londoners, Scottish, Ugandan, Indian, Italian, Albanian, Pakistani, Sudanese, Jamaican and more amongst our origins!).  Don't you just love it when art and community meet..?

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  • A good tip - I'll be able to use that in my kids projects. Thanks. JOB

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 20 May 2011 at 12:07  

  • Great project!. I see that there is a large gap between the R and the L or WORLD..looks like
    ONE WOR it too late to move it?
    I love all the little people and congrats on your oldest student, I have one who is 90 and one who is 82 at the moment too..they are amazing to listen to as you say they have seen so many changes in their lives.

    By Blogger Jacqui (Jax to my friends), at 21 May 2011 at 03:12  

  • Jax, I asked the group and they were happy with the gaps - now that its all mosaiced its not that obvious, but thank you for pointing that out. Finished sticking today and it looks amazing!

    By Blogger Concetta, at 1 June 2011 at 16:26  

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