Mosaics and Paint: More than it’s cracked up to be…..

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I am pleased to showcase a bit of press I received after the successful commissioning of the new sign for Tito’s in Goa and also the ‘to go’ selfie corner’ as living proof that you were there…. Follow their events here http://www.titosgroup.com/home/photogallery and if you go down there to Goa please do send me in your selfies so I can share the same to my faithful followers and mosaic enthusiasts. My doors are open to new commisions and I will be back in Goa next year for another huge mural. You are welcome to join and share the press. Please check out the article attached.

Back to the studio and now working full swing on my new range of jewelry and some exciting new commissions. I am planning workshops for ther next three months and am pleased to the Mosaic Workshops you love for August 2015 in my Shabby Chic Mosaic Studio.

Full day workshop from 10am – 4pm ( till 5 pm to be on the safe side as I never say no if you want to stay little longer )

· 20th Thursday August 2015
· 22th Saturday August 2015
· 27th Thursday August 2015
· 28th Friday August 2015
You can also book others dates of mutual choice full day, half day or 2 hours only for this August, September and October. Rates are £50 for full day £30 for half day and £15 for the two hour introductory course to mosaics.

There will be plenty of choice of materials and bases to choose from. You can also specify the size before. If you have any mosaic project to finish you are welcome to pop in.

I can also do children parties (upto 10 nos) in my Shabby Chic Mosaic Studio or I can travel to your home. Hen parties, ladies meetings birthday presents for a loved one, private commissions as a gift, school mosaic inquiries are all welcome and I have a range of offerings to suit your taste price and interest.

Please contact me early for more details and to book a space. Please feel free to forward this mail onto to your friends. I am happy to offer a £5 credit for every member your recommend so if you bring in three members for the intro course you will be able to participate for free! Just remember that all members should attend the same course to qualify for the credit.

Looking forward to kicking off this season’s mosaics and sharing the limelight with you in my studio.

Some of my latest creations are available for sale here: Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AnyaMosaics. You can follow some of the latest developments @ FB: https://www.facebook.com/Anyamosaicsandsoul

Looking forward to seeing you soon
Anya

anyamosaics@gmail.com
mob. 07849501364

Please Check out the video on the making of the India wall @ http://buff.ly/Tml30y

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Mosaic Workshop Dates 2014

The time is now here when my plans to open my new studio at Bushton is around the corner. Please find below the various workshops I have planned. Please note that all the workshops will be inclusive of materials and I will provide free tea coffee and some light snacks. If the day involves an afternoon you are advised to carry a light packed lunch!

Date

Workshop type

Price

9th August  Saturday

(choice of morning or afternoon)

 10am – 12.30pm (morning)

1.30 – 4.00pm (afternoon)

Mosaic for beginners

£ 25

10th August Sunday

 10am – 4pm

Cats and bats

£ 45

16th August Saturday

(choice of morning or afternoon)

 10am – 12.30pm (morning)

or

1.30 – 4.00pm (afternoon)                            Adult mosaics  – £ 25

Children mosaics

£ 15

17thAugust Sunday

 10am – 4pm

Whimsical Mosaics

£ 45

21th  – 25th August

Thursday –  Monday

  10am – 4pm

Mosaic Mural on a Farm

5 days – £100 or

 1day £ 30

Children till 16 yrs half price

29th August Friday

10am – 4pm

Mosaic signs

Open day

30th August Saturday

10am – 4pm

Door numbers and door signs

£ 45

20th September Saturday

Mosaic in Yate

Free for children

21th September Sunday

10am – 4pm

Garden Mosaics

£ 45

28th September Sunday

10am – 4pm

Mosaic shapes

£ 45

4th October Saturday

5th October Sunday

10am – 4pm

Mixed Media Mosaic Weekend

£ 80

12th October Sunday

10am – 4pm

Glass Mosaics

£ 45

18th October Saturday

10am – 4pm

Mixed Media Mosaics

£ 45

15th November Saturday

10am – 4pm

Christmas Mosaics for presents

£ 45

16th November Sunday

10am – 4pm

Christmas Mosaics for presents

£ 45

 Full schedule in this attachment mosaic schedule for courses 2014

Please feel free to e-mail me @ anyamosaics@gmail.com or contact me through my Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/anyamosaicsandsoul and I can send you more details.

If you haven’t yet seen please do also check out this short video I have made on the making of the India wall @ http://buff.ly/Tml30y

Short little film on making the Indian #mosaic mural

With the wall in Goa completing two years it’s only apt to show a little bit how it was put together. I hope you find it useful.
Anya
http://www.facebook.com/anyamosaicsandsoul
http://www.twitter.com/anyamosaics
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AnyaMosaics

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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!


			

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. 

You can follow me on  facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/Anyamosaicsandsoul

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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.