You are never to young or old to make mosaics. And here is the proof.
These are pictures from one of the mosaic community projects I have been running in the last two months (yes, I’ve been a busy bee). Lots of women are gathering to make this mosaic celebrating our unity amidst our diversity.
|Some of the participants – May, Caroline, Belle and Joti|
The youngest participant has been 2 years old, and the oldest, Belle, is 91! She wins the prize for being my oldest ever student (and what a fantastic job she has been doing in the last 5 weeks).
Here’s a mosaic technique I invented to help people create neat borders to elements of the picture. Use blu-tack to create an edge to each ‘form’ so that pieces are not stuck in the wrong places. Once each form is stuck, you just remove the blu-tack and voila’! Good for mosaic making with children too 🙂
We have 3 weeks left to finish this piece of community art (eek!) before it is unveiled in the community centre where it will live. It has been wonderful sitting together, nipping, sticking and sharing stories with people of different ages and backgrounds (we have counted true Londoners, Scottish, Ugandan, Indian, Italian, Albanian, Pakistani, Sudanese, Jamaican and more amongst our origins!). I just love it when art and community meet.