The art of noticing

There is a connection between art making and the development of our capacity to be aware, awake to detail and present in our everyday lives. This capacity for ‘awakeness’ is one way of understanding mindfulness. For me, mindfulness and the benefits that can flow from adopting a mindful stance in daily life are pretty much […] Read more...

Starting out…inspirations

  Friends, Finally, after an 18 month break while I undertook my MSc at King’s College London, my classes are starting again! I’m picking up the golden threads from the last 7 years of classes and weaving in some new ones!  On offer will be an eclectic mix – all the foundational and experimental mosaic […] Read more...

What’s in a year?

Friends, A whole year has passed – one whole lap around the sun – since I last wrote. In 14 years since I began writing and publishing my blog, the only other time that so long elapsed between blogs was after the birth of my children – but I guess the process of learning at […] Read more...

Behind the Glass online is live!

Thanks for all the wonderful submissions to the online exhibition… Behind the Glass : the inner world of mosaic artists A wonderful array of work from professional and amateur (lovers of) mosaic, all accompanied by thoughtful, insightful and at times very moving descriptions of each artist’s inner process. The themes are strong and clear – […] Read more...

‘Behind the glass’ mosaic exhibition: call for submissions

 Behind the glass: the inner world of mosaic artists   We live in a time of art and craft revival, where people are re-discovering the joy of making and the connection between creative expression and well-being.  Running quietly alongside this welcome trend is a long history of art as therapy, both in the clinical sense […] Read more...

Possibility…

  I started a thread of inspiring quotes a while back. Time to resume with this nugget… If I were to wish for anything I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of what can be, for the eye, which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility […] Read more...

Large mosaic wall emerging…

This is a repost from nearly a year ago with an update because… …drum roll… …I finally started sticking the mosaic to the wall (*takes a bow*)! Read the original post and then scroll to the bottom for the pics of how its looking. It’s a modest start (there is a lot of wall) but […] Read more...

Mosaic & mindfulness nuggets (1)

Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my journey in bringing together art, mosaics and mindfulness as tools for well being and recovery… Read more here and here. Next week, I start my postgraduate studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at Kings College London – my next step in this […] Read more...

Returning to study…what about you?

August is in full swing and soon… …the new academic term will be with us. This threshold was always one I savoured as a child and I relished getting my new stationary and books together, their clean pages a symbol of the possibility that a fresh school year held. Right now I find myself rather […] Read more...