Mosaic Masterclass London

Photos from the Mosaic Masterclass held in Kings College London in July 2017

with Dr Will Wootton, Gary Drostle, Chris Smith, Giulia Vogrig, Tamara Freud, Allesandro Lugari.


Hammer and hardie -centuries old method for cutting stones and glass.

Indirect method -tesserae laid in reverse on brown paper.

Guilloche -Roman crossover rope pattern border – 4 strands here.

Centrepiece – triangle shape with concentric circles within. Roman design.

Substrate preparation – marine ply, chicken wire, aluminium edging.

Checking all the sections fit together. Cutting into smaller pieces for ease of fitting.

Mixing cement to the correct consistency.

Grouting the back of sections. When placed inbetween boards they are flipped over and placed into position on top of cement substrate.

Numbered pieces fit into place like a jigsaw. Still moveable as cement has not set.

Brown paper wet with sponge to enable it to be peeled off.

Tamping down with wooden block.

Wet grout slurry fills any gaps between tiles and is then wiped off.

Mosaic finally cleaned and polished.

Great teamwork – very satisfying to see the result!

St Lawrence Jewry

Impressive venue for London School of Mosaics exhibition. St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, City of London. This church was built to Wren’s design after previous one on the site destroyed by The Great Fire of 1666. These photos were taken at the opening of the mosaic exhibition last month. It runs until mid September.

St Lawrence Jewry is also the venue for a free weekday lunchtime Summer Music concert (featuring work of JS Bach) throughout August until 25th. Listen to the music and check out the mosaics at the same time! Beautiful church…..

Freud Museum, London

The first image is a combined monoprint and collagraph I made of Sigmund Freud and his iconic couch.

Other images are of the permanent features in the Museum and the current installation exploring ‘Play and Psychoanalysis’ which runs from now until 10 September.

Freud lived in Marsfield Gardens, NW3 during the last year of his life, 1938-9. His daughter Anna Freud, also a psychoanalyst, lived there until her death in 1982. Four years later part of the house was opened to the public as was her wish.

It is as if the house is frozen in time, particularly the study -very atmospheric.


Mechanical drawing machine using sand by Rob Higgs

Karen McLean ‘The Precariat’

Trinidadian artist and Goldsmith graduate Karen McLean presented an installation recently at Lewisham Arthouse. The neat ‘house’ shapes were made from molasses; they changed over time as they melted and dripped, forming ‘islands’ on the floor. This installation resonated with many people judging by the lively post exhibition discussion with the artist. So many interpretations are possible.

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva

I love Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva’s ‘Angels and Animal Delights’ in the Crypt at St. John’s Waterloo. The Macedonian artist uses preserved and treated animal parts to create beautiful work which are well showcased in this atmospheric setting. This forms part of the Waterloo festival, in London SE1, throughout June – also featuring music, photography, discussions, poetry and flowers.