Monday, 29 April 2013

Presenting our first Guest Blogger!

We're very excited at having our first EVER guest blog! And our first EVER guest blog is by...
CLEO MUSSI!
(applause)
 
Check it out below... and do let us know how your craftventure goes, we'd love to see your handy work!

Have fun making :)

 
Image from the beautiful www.mussimosaics.co.uk
 
 

Guest Blogger... Cleo Mussi!

 Steps for mosaic making...

1. Lay out all your materials.
 
 

 
2. Using your tile nippers, begin to cut out regular and repeating shapes using the patterns that you find within the ceramic. Experiment with shapes, scale, colour and pattern.

 
3. Lay your design out onto the tile.
 
4. When your design is complete, cover another tile with a 2-3mm thin layer of ready mix tile adhesive.

 
5. Transfer your design across, pressing each shared into the adhesive.

 
6. Allow your tile to dry for 24 hours in a warm place.
 
7. Wearing rubber gloves, add a cup of tile grout into a plastic container and add a small quantity of water, gradually mixing to make a thick paste like cake mixture.
 


 
8. Push the grout into the gaps of the ceramic, making sure you do the edges of the tile.

 
9. Wait for a few minutes. Using an old nail brush, brush off the excess grout which should come away as a wet powder.

 
10. Using an old towel, polish off the remaining grout and your tile is finished.

 


 

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Oooof we love Cleo Mussi's mosaics!
Look at these brightly coloured posies. And what make's them even more lovely?
They're called Tussie Mussie's!
 
 
Cleo is passionate about making and materials. Her practice has gradually evolved since graduating in textiles from Goldsmiths in the 1980's and much of her current work is made using recycled materials, particularly ceramics. Each piece of mosaic is considered and holds reference with history, culture, fashion and design.
 
Have a look at this beautiful video!
 

 
 
Further beautiful imagery can be found at www.mussimosaics.co.uk/
 

 
Tussie Mussie £181.50

Christy Keeney

Lets be blunt. Christy Keeney sculpts good!
 
The 'drawn' nature of his wonderful ceramic sculptures is a considered consequence of their construction. Made from slabs of wet clay, Christy draws details and texture into its surface.
 
  
 
Mother and Child £260
 
“I visited a retrospective exhibition of Picasso, at the Tate gallery, in the early 80s when I was at college, and many of my influences came from seeing that work. Especially a collection of small card-board cutout and folded, figurative sculptures. These simple two dimensional pieces opened a world of possibilities on how I would approach my own work.” Christy Keeney
 
 
There's a great 360 'video' on Christy Keeney's website, that'll really get you wanting to make!
 
 

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Zinc White

This fabulous company work their recycling magic from Huddersfield, where they reuse Derwent colouring pencils, old paintbrushes and knitting needles... it's all about salvage and reworking old stuff into new pieces!


Colour Palette necklace £43


Pencil Studs £23
Pencil badges £19
Pencil Flower earrings £43


Povera Paintbrush necklace £61
Single Tile bracelet £49
Pencil cufflinks £55

Friday, 5 April 2013

Colette Bain

Now, aren't these just lovely! Colette Bain uses found objects, vintage tins and ephemera to create these beautiful collaged 3D pieces...


'Lost' approx. 20.5 x 15cm £140

Each endearing little figure is made by layering papier mache... find out more about the making processes involved on colette's page, listed to the right -->