The British Association for Modern Mosaic’s next exhibition is fast approaching with a delicious theme – all things ‘Gothic’.
Now…for years I have wanted to experiment with using wooden fretwork as a kind of ‘grout’ and this was my chance – fretwork with the Gothic quatrefoil all over… (the Gothic quatrefoil is an architectural symbol seen in so many buildings here in London). I brushed the fretwork with a gold paint wash then carefully glued my pieces in the recesses. Et voila’ – it worked! Why don’t you give it a go with whatever fretwork you can get your hands on?
I played with tiles and was drawn by these colours. They are so Moroccan in flavour don’t you think? Many quatrefoil panels (in windows, stained glass etc…) have an image at the centre and here the beautiful millefiore glass came into its own.
And to finish it off, I went to one of the many beautiful Indian fabric shops here in Tooting and found just the perfect braid to go round the edge of the piece. And so, Gothic Arabesque was born!
The exhibition is in Lichfield Cathedral (just north of Birmingham) from Friday 29th April (day of the Royal Wedding and ehm! more importantly, my sweet boy’s 4th birthday!) until 30th May. Details here.