So after a few false starts we got to South Acton and managed to put some tiles up.
Well it was a bit more complicated than that. We had been given the go ahead to do a Treatmentrooms mosaic with the community. The aim to involve as many and as broader range of locals and residence of the South Acton Estate. We had a really loose design and that suited us perfectly as we where immediately surrounded by local kids trying to fine out what we where doing and asking how could they get involved.
I can’t believe it – I won this year’s Winston Churchill Fellowship to ‘Advance the craft of community mosaics in the UK’. If you are wondering what this award is – here is the write up from their website.
“We award Travelling Fellowships to British citizens from all walks of life to travel overseas, to bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in their UK professions and communities. Fellows receive a travel grant to cover return and internal travelling, daily living and insurance within the countries visited.”
They will be funding me to travel to Chile in Jan 2014 to visit and work alongside the incredible revolutionary ceramic artist Isidora Pas Lopez. I will then travel to Mexico to work alongside side some amazing mosaic artists there.
Inspired by the invasion of all things kitsch into popular culture, this design uses vintage, digital and hand screen-printed ceramic transfers to expose the irony of this idealised portrayal of an England that never was.
Ceramic on Metal Bonnet