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Cinde Lee

Cinde Lee

Enjoying a cosmopolitan education with training in fine art in New York, music in London and Milan, and apprenticeships in Ravenna, Spilimbergo, Belgium and the Netherlands, Cinde is equipped with a wide range of artistic skills and interpretation styles combined with a discipline rooted in freedom of expression. Cinde’s journey of discovery throughout her artistic endeavours lead to an ever-increasing fascination with mosaics. Colour restriction of mosaic materials proved an initial challenge but the infinite array of textures, the beauty of natural stone and minerals and the wonder of tactile interaction with the tesserae afforded her a liberty that she…
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Tracey Cartledge

Tracey Cartledge

Tracey Cartledge restores architectural mosaics and creates bespoke works of art to commission for both public spaces and private property. In 2014, she restored the mosaic floors of Victoria Station, Manchester, as part of its £44million refurbishment. Tracey plays an active role in community learning: working independently with schools; with adults attending Tracey’s weekly mosaic evening class and studio workshops and delivering workshops for Manchester Museum. Through Public Art, Tracey strives to add joy to daily life and improve the quality of our shared community spaces. She considers the historical and social context that the work will inhabit and engages…
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Julie Fallon

Julie Fallon

Julie moved from Devon to Belfast in 1986 to study textiles at the University of Ulster in Belfast and began working on mosaics in 1990 in her backyard. By 1991 she had started Opus Mosaics and took on commissions for interiors and exteriors, and whilst working on site was asked to attempt a restoration as there was no specialist in Belfast. With her experience working with tilers, she had gained the relevant skills and was confident enough to repair and restore, and went on to specialise in restoration and consolidation of historic tiled and mosaic surfaces.    Now, with over…
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Norma Vondee

Norma Vondee

Her experience as an art teacher and artist in residence at a range of schools has no doubt been the basis for the opulent signature style dominant in Norma’s work. The recurring themes of the human figure, skyscapes, architecture, technology, water and ancient mosaic iconography are the channels through which she aims to earnestly portray aspects of modern life.  Her deep commitment to public art is borne of her desire to provide specific people and places with objects of cultural significance, enriching lives regardless of status or income and providing a true sense of ownership. A past president of BAMM,…
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Gary Drostle

Gary Drostle

Gary Drostle designs, produces and installs large-scale mosaics for floors and walls using marble, glass and ceramics. His award-winning work can be seen in town centres, public buildings, hospitals, parks, corporate lobbies and private residencies across the world.  In his early career he founded the Haringey Mural Workshop and took his first major commission to paint a series of murals for Alexandra Palace – ‘The History of The Peoples Palace’, whilst serving as executive of Haringey Arts Council and working closely with many different community groups. His first major mosaic commission was ‘Sunburst – the light at the end of…
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Laura Symes

Laura Symes

Originally from the Hebridean island of Lewis in the extreme north-west of Scotland, Laura studied history and art at university and travelled at every opportunity, becoming interested in crafts during her time living in South Africa. On her return to the UK through some special needs work in schools she was introduced to mosaics and as she became aware of the tactile nature and the possibilities of the medium, was inspired to endorse it as a means of encouraging creativity and expression.  She furthered her skills, attending workshops and training with several well-known and established mosaic professionals and through volunteering…
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The Mosaic Showcase

The Mosaic Showcase

Mosaics are at least 4,000 years old, with examples of the art found in ancient Mesopotamia, where pieces of coloured stones, glass, clay and other materials were used to create patterns and pictures. The Greeks developed mosaic art and the Romans took it to classical heights in Africa and Syria, the wealthiest of the Roman provinces. The mosaics preserved in Roman villas in Britain impress us today, although the Romans considered the work in this outpost of the empire crude compared with those in Herculaneum and Pompeii.Some modern mosaicists working in the UK make up for the shortcomings of those…
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The Sculptors’ Studio

The Sculptors’ Studio

A number of exhibitors representing The Sculptors’ Studio were on view at the Hard Surfaces 2019 exhibition, part of the Natural Stone Show in London at the ExCeL exhibition centre. Below is a selection of pieces by four of the sculptors. "Flowers" by Graeme Mitcheson "Dovetail" by Jude Tucker "Mother and Child" Carrie Horwood "Squirrel" by Pippa Unwin
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Ivan Djidjev

Ivan Djidjev

A gifted and versatile contemporary artist born in Sliven, Bulgaria, Ivan is as comfortable with some of the most ancient forms of art as well as the most modern. He is a trained and experienced mosaicist, having created traditional Byzantine-style mosaics, as well as contemporary pieces. His work can be seen in private chapels in Bulgaria and all over the world including a piece gifted to Pope Benedict XVI which is now at the Vatican. Ivan considers creating a mosaic to be like solving a puzzle. Mastering various techniques allows him not only to solve the puzzle but to control…
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