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news : mosaics and other art projects

// June 26th, 2015 // Comments Off on news : mosaics and other art projects // Current projects, News

Here’s the latest news from me…

Russell Island Community Mosaic Group relocation completed (26 June 2015)

With the assistance of volunteers, we’ve finished moving the mosaic group to its new home at the Russell Island Recreation Hall (the big building overlooking the jetty carpark). Thank you to all who helped make the move possible on such short notice.

Community mosaic mirror frame presented to BICS (6 November 2014)

Volunteer members of the Russell Island Community Mosaic Group (RiCMG) have presented the completed community mosaic mirror frame to Bay Island Community Services (BICS) Russell Island branch.  Photos of this and other completed RiCMG mosaics can be viewed on the in the RiCMG Gallery.

New workbench (8 September 2014)

Recently I was given a large workbench from my friend Dianne, so have been making the most of it by customising as a multi-function work station with reused parts. With heavy duty castors added, the bench is just the right height to help minimise the back pain I often get using a standard height work area as I can use it either while standing, or while sitting on a drafting stool. It also has a large work surface with room enough for a decent size project and tools, materials are kept nearby on a mobile trolley which I converted from an old TV cabinet. The addition of a storage pod made from PVC pipe under one end of the workbench, allows for a quick role change to an anti-static workstation for repairing electronics and computers if the need arises.

Current project on the bench is  ‘Night Watch’, on which the mosaic tree has been growing noticeably. I have also recently purchased a beveller/straight-edge disc grinder upgrade for my glass grinder, so I am eager to start some stained glass projects.

Back to creating (19 July 2014)

I’ve been slowly reclaiming some workspace in my studio and finally getting to do some creating thanks (not) to my insurance, who are still dragging their feet, heels, tails, butts… or whatever it is they’re dragging.

I’m currently attempting to complete a mosaic wall hanging ‘Night Watch‘.
For now I’ll just be posting updates on my Twitter profile when I can, and will do a major site update here when I have my own functioning computer again.

Studio re-update (14 June 2014)

Several months after my house flooded and despite assurances from my insurance company that it would be treated as urgent, I am still waiting for them to process my insurance claim. So for those of you who have been asking me why I haven’t done much art lately, that’s why.

Thankfully I have been able to continue working on some mosaics at the weekly RiCMG meetings at the Kennedy Farm Community Centre, which has been a great help in keeping my sanity enough to fit in at the “funny farm” (my nickname for the Kennedy Farmhouse). The group’s mosaic on mesh project is nearing completion… I’ll post details and links to photos of it here soon.

Studio update (22 April 2014)

Links page updated; added Russell Island Community Mosaic Group (RiCMG) website and social network/s – 21 April 2013

The repairs to my home (re flood in January) have been completed at least enough for me to be able to access my studio again and get stuck into creating art.

Thankfully the flood avoided most of my studio, with only damage to my glass working desk, computer and cabling. The rest of the house was not so lucky, with damage to many items. Throughout the repairs I’ve kept attending the Russell Island Community Mosaic Group (RiCMG) each week, so that has kept me in touch with the mosaic world and friends etc, and over the Easter long weekend I’ve been staying (while paint dries at home) with a mosaicist friend whose chooks have laid lots of fresh Easter eggs. At the mosaic group, we’ve started a project to teach mosaicing on mesh… more on that soon.

Upcoming events (21 February 2014)

The Russell Island Community Mosaic Group (RiCMG) will be holding a stall at the Russell Island Supa IGA Community Day, Saturday 1st March 2014. I will be there with other members selling unique mosaics hand crafted by RICMG member volunteers.

Mini disaster zone – house flooded by burst pipe (27 January 2014)

Communications will be limited for a while due to house flooding on 24 January 2014 – site updates may be sporadic via borrowed laptop with mobile internet stick… very slow!

RiCMG comittee election results (18 December 2013)

Results from recent member election for RiCMG 2014 Committee are available to members and authorised third parties by contacting me via this website.

Site updates (16 December 2013)

La casa de Pepe (15 August 2013)

Completed  ‘La casa de Pepe‘ (Pepe’s house) house number mosaic.

Night Watch (3 August 2013)

Currently working on ‘Night Watch’ mosaic wall hanging for upcoming exhibition. Also doing bits here & there as time permits, to complete birdbath and fountain mosaics.

New Studio (13 July 2013)

My long awaited move went relatively smooth a few weeks ago. I am now settling into my new home and have began setting up my mosaic studio and wood workshop.  It’s now organised enough to start getting stuck into some larger projects… updates with pics soon!

Expansion and World Domination Plans (27 April 2013)

I am preparing to move to new premises within the next few weeks, where I will have a much larger space to setup my studio rather than battling with a spare bedroom. The new studio will be customised to better facilitate accessibility, thereby helping to minimise working limitations of my current studio imposed by pre-existing injuries. I will also have a large double garage which has already been setup by the owners as a workshop… so I will be able to complete the cabinetry projects which I have drawn up and saved reusable timber for.

I have some large projects which I’ve not been able to unpack due to insufficient room, which I am looking forward to completing in the new studio & workshop! These include a 60cm x 50cm framed mosaic wall hanging, depicting cats perched in a tree, a mosaic bird bath, a mosaic wall fountain (with solar powered pump), and two Moroccan style bedside cabinets from reused timber. I will also post pics of several recently completed mosaic projects over the next few weeks… after each of their recipients receive them.

The following is a brief list of my current and recently completed projects (I alternate between some larger projects while adhesives cure, etc), which I will post pictures of soon.

mosaics:

 

recycle art: