Fresh Air for Fresh minds equals Fresh insights!

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. ~ Mark van Doren

There is nothing prouder than to see you mentioned in the context of a teacher and I was indeed pleased to see my name mentioned by Judy Francis at Fresh Air 2013 in Quenington

Judy Francis Based in Gloucestershire, Judy’s mosaics are inspired by Gaudi’s flamboyant buildings in Barcelona and Tiffany’s stained glass collection. She taught art at Hatherop Primary School for many years before studying with local mosaic artists, Erica Bibbings and Anya Burzec. Her work is now eagerly sought for its colourful and vibrant evocations of bird-life and her more abstract panels.

Her lovely rooster and dragon fly are lovely pieces and I can only gasp in awe as I saw them at this wonderful exhibition.

The biennial sculpture exhibition held at five acre grounds of Lucy Abel Smith provides a unique opportunity to see a creative mixture of traditionally modern and cutting-edge contemporary work in a stunning outdoor setting. I was truly delighted to see lovely pieces tucked all around the grounds and these pictures may not do justice to the beauty of the pieces on display. With July 7th the last day a glance at the catalog might inspire you to indulge! http://www.freshair2013.com/catalogue.html

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More recently another creative workshop participant Lisa Brind was kind enough to introduce me to Horsely School near Stroud. This project will be the conversation for another day detailing the joy and happiness working with the school’s lovely children, teachers and parents!

As I look back at all these pictures I’m inspired to work with new participants at my next creative workshop on the 3rd of August 2013 in Poole Keynes. If you are on a social platform add me on Facebook or Google+ and you can book the event directly from the event calendars!

Have a wonderful weekend everybody and if you can please check out Fresh Air 2013 before July 7th!  It is indeed a refreshing sight!


		
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The Last Week

I loved visiting Fresh Air 2013 and in particular loved looking at my student Judy Francis’s work! http://on.fb.me/14Vz30T

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It’s the last week so I thought we should fit in a bit more of an in depth photo post of what’s been happening. Featuring many ‘birds and bees’ to fit in the Pool House theme.

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The show has been carrying on as usual, everyone rather stunned after the huge number of people that descended on the show on Saturday and Sunday! But it’s been sunny for most of the days, and busy regardless of the weather. I came across a gorgeous Scarlet Tiger Moth on the gravel this morning … unfortunately the hungry swallows in Robert’s garage have seem to have stolen one of its wings, but I put it safely on a plant away from the dogs, people and lawn mowers – I’m one of those people that can’t walk along a path without moving helpless snails etc out of the way of people! Haha

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So once safely…

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New Dates for Good Mates! Check Mate for old Dates!

First of all the boring bits to excite those interested in my next Creative workshop!

New Amazing Mosaic Workshop from 10- 5 pm Saturday 3rd of August 2013

Special and reasonable price on application with plenty of beautiful and new materials to use! Details will be e-mailed when you use the contact form below!

DSCF9775Venue: Poole Keynes Village Hall – Beautiful village in the heart of Cotswold GL7 6EG

Cirencester, Gloucestershire, – only 25 minutes from Swindon. Please check these links for recent previous work-shops to see the wonderful creations you have put together!

https://anyamosaics.co.uk/2013/06/03/chronicles-of-the-mosaic-workshop-1-and-2-june-2013-in-gloucestershire/

https://anyamosaics.co.uk/2013/05/20/mosaic-course-1819-may-2013/

Materials, snacks and drinks are included in the price !

This is a therapeutic and addictive workshop, which will leave you wanting to do more in response to your current requests.  Just as a reminder if you are unable to attend this course you are more than welcome to request for other dates. I am willing to organize 2 day or one day courses when we have a minimum of three participants. 

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Now with the workshop announcement over its time for the fun stuff that I have been meaning to put together for a while but too many things got in the way! My visit to the Contemporary Art Fair on the 8th of July was truly special! This year it was crammed with desirable fashion accessories and functional and decorative objects for your home and superb mosaics! But most importantly it gave me an opportunity to connect with Cleo Mussi my favourite and the established Mosaic Artist you know again.

As  Cleo Mussi once said and laughed, ‘I’ve no idea how to describe what I do.’  ‘It’s difficult… if I say I make mosaic, people have images of all sorts of hideous things, but if I say I deconstruct and reconstruct ceramics, that’s a bit pompous. I usually end up just showing people my work.’ Cleo is a joy to be with, very humble and kind and a true inspiration for anybody in this profession. Cleo thanks for inspiring me to do what I do!  I can proudly say that you are partly to blame for me making and teaching mosaics!

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This special day would not have been possible without Angela Ibbs another excellent mosaic artist sending me the tickets. Excellent visit as you will see from the sunshine and what more required to enjoy a superb day in the Bovey Tracey. It is a small pretty and quaint market town, built of cob and granite and known as ‘The Gateway to Dartmoor’. It is also home to the Devon Guild which is a great place to visit and has some more Cleo Mussi exhibits!

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The day dusked but not without my good fortune of falling in love with King Kong. The beautiful festival and the sweet town of Bovey Tracey is well worth a great visit next year or any other opportunity!

Till then for me its back to mosaics and the happy little treats that life proposes. Have a great day! Ciao my lovely blog followers!

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An inspiration for Mosaic Artists and Fans: Tunisia

Tunisia is the smallest country in Africa and never for once did it strike my mind that I would find so much inspiration given the mosaic line of work I am in. When I think back I remember Carthage and all the stories with the Romans and the battles. But as time passes one forgets history and all the ways the world was connected back then. Most people remember it for the recent revolution which was a change towards democracy but it will take some time before the locals can see some fruits as their daily lives have not changed a huge deal other than the way they can voice themselves but the people are warm and friendly unless you befriend a shopkeeper. Then it may be a chore to go away without buying something. I was also rather struck how liberal the country was despite having a 98% Muslim population and did not find myself out of place.

Moving back to Mosaics I was truly amazed to see the number of museums as well as the use of mosaics in their day to day lives. The Bardo museum has the biggest collection of well preserved and near complete mosaics I have seen. They are housed in both a modern building (light and spacious) and the old palace. Just glance here to see a virtual tour of what I am talking about and you will see the amount of depth and the scale of the exhibits that i am talking about.

If mosaics is not the only thing you are after you have the weather and the ability to actually walk in the Colosseum in El Jem and admire the scale of the same. I don’t believe I would be a fan of the games myself but I accept that was one of the things popular during those times. If you also decide that mosaics is your thing you can visit the local museum using the same ticket and admire some of the local mosaics that adorned some of the houses around that area as it was a place of wealth during those times. I would recommend having a look at this chapter for those who would love to read some more background on the Tunisian Roman mosaics. You will find that almost every major town in Tunisia will have beautiful mosaics to talk about and if you can’t visit I thought blogging about it would inspire my work, fans of mosaic as well as children that I work with.

All in all though I don’t do a huge amount of work in the Roman style  but this is something I would consider even further though I was involved with Debbie Stirling to produce a replica of the iconic hare in Corinium Museum. This was be presented to civic leaders in Itzehoe next week to mark the 25th anniversary of Cirencester’s link with the German town. I now generally love to work with glass but there is an interest for Roman mosaics given they landed here too in England.

I am always looking for new ideas and inspiration and this summer would lead to many new and interesting projects unless of course I look at Medusa and turn to stone. Then of course I would become my own mosaic but I suppose that would not be a bad thing!

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Chronicles of the Mosaic Workshop 1 and 2 June 2013 in Gloucestershire

DSCF9267Pictures speak a thousand words they say and beauty can only be appreciated by creations so I leave you to be the judge of the finished works that we produced here this June start in the Poole Keynes village hall. I would like to proudly point out that the village hall sign was previously made by local Judy who has a passion for the village hall and this shows in her work.

This workshop was more intense and almost a master course as the attendees were all charged up to produce creations that they could display proudly in their settings.

We had a special visitor for the second day as the troops carried on gallantly and young Daniel was very inspired to join the lovely ladies as they completed their beautiful creations.

As usual the proud finish with the completed works. One of the mosaics will be installed in the wall with adequate arrangements made for the placement of a fountain through the same. This will add a real highlight to the garden. The other mosaics will also be beautiful when mounted and I will have more pictures when the same is mounted and grouted.

At last it was time to pack and go and leave the mountains of materials alone. I have no doubt that they will indeed inspire a lot more creations. I have started sourcing really beautiful and expensive materials for my courses and my lovely artists agreed that they had a wonderful time out and the course was the best value for money deal that they received. I am proud of their creations and look forward to leaving a mark and having happy memories in many more homes.

The next course might be at the end of June or sometime in July. If you are interested in joining please send me feedback as well as indicate the rough dates when it might work for you. Thanks Monica, Yate heritage centre and all the people that liked my competiton entry on the Hobby Island page. Likes are only counted on his page so if you loved Orlith on my page I would be greatful if you like the correct link and as if I win I will donate the materials for the next community mosaic. Please also visit my facebook page and like it.

Have a wonderful summer and catch you soon in the sunshine.

Yate creative workshop for children (5-12)

Great day out with 30 plus children in two shifts plus plenty of mummies, daddies carers etc. It was so sweet to see all the tots big and small and even some of the adults joining in to have some fun and show their creative talent of merging colours and jigsaws that they pieced together in their minds.

The popular shapes were of course the dinosaurs and some of the children knew even what type of dinosaur they were though I must confess I already forgot. How impressive. Time for me to go back to school but I think I need to get a new memory card as mine has got out of storage. I can’t compete with these six and seven year old children any more and of course some of you might appear in the local paper. I will send you details of the link soon.

If you had a great day out please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/158424784336932/ for details on the next event this Saturday. Details also posted on an earlier post in my blog.

Feel free to like my page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anya-Mosaics-and-Soul/455752447804264?ref=tn_tnmn Thanks Monique for your feedback that you kids had a great day out. I hope more people would write some feedback and ideas as that would allow me to do more things with the local community as well as schools in your area.

Was lovely to meet all of you and thanks again for all the effort for a wonderful workshop in Yate as always. Don’t forget to check out the Gazette next week and if you are spotted please give me a shout to share your fame.

For more pictures please visit my album Yate children mosaics. https://www.facebook.com/anyamosaic/media_set?set=a.563736357003616.1073741829.100001017704709&type=3

Finally don’t forget to like Orlith my dragon. She has been entered to win the mosaic of the month competition at Hobby Islands. If I win I will be using the money towards materials for the next community workshop so that you have have even more brighter colors and goodies for your next community workshop.

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Orlith the dragon has re-emerged to breathe fire and ignite the summer. If you like my creation please hit like and she will smile and the sun might blush to make sure summer is beautiful. See you soon.

Anya

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