Designing, making and education
Developing hand crafted mosaics
My studio is hidden away in a small historic courtyard in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. It is in the stable of what was William Hazeldine's house at the bottom of the Wyle Cop. He was one of the Ironmasters of the Industrial Revolution, so it is an amazing environment to work in with other craft workers.
I design and make contemporary mosaics for the home and garden. Originally I trained as jeweller and silversmith at Birmingham School of Jewellery, and now transferred many of those gem-setting skills to larger mosaic designs. I am attracted to using highly reflective materials and exploring surface patterns and colour.
Designer : Educator
Mosaic Maker: Educator
Commissioned work is always very welcome so please use the contact page to make an initial enquiry.
"We commissioned a piece of mosaic work from Lindsey for my mother’s birthday, and the result was outstanding. It included exactly the elements that she had asked for, and she was delighted with it - a unique piece of art that will be treasured."
Review from Michael Corlett, 'Birch Forest' Wall Panel
My mosaics are also on display in my studio and currently at VAN Gallery in Shrewsbury, Linden Tree Gallery in Much Wenlock, Willow Gallery in Oswestry, Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno and Fitch and Fellows in Thame. You can also find me in the Maker Directory on UKHandmade and Madebyhandonline.
I also run mosaic adult workshops for beginners in my studio and multi-media/mosaic school workshops.
Made to commission and studio mosaics.
80th Birthday Commission
After discussion with the recipient, the final 30 x 30 cms design was inspired by Klimt's forest paintings in Austria. It incorporated various favoured elements including the snowdrops in the foreground.
New Home Commission
Iridescent Dragonfly Mirror
This 30 cms diameter mosaic dragonfly mirror was commissioned as a new home gift. The design incorporates more pastel colours than my usual palette but the client was thrilled!
Opportunity Pre School
To mark the 30th anniversary of the pre-school being set up, the school community decided on a mosaic to brighten the front of the building. All the children and their parents and teachers had an opportunity to help create part of the artwork.
Gift to a school
As Year 6 were not able to celebrate their leaving primary school in the Summer of 2020, the parents decided that they would commission a mosaic for the school on the children's behalf. The owl is the school's logo.
It's just a Daisy
Latest work in my mosaic floristry has been more about miniature garden, taking the garden stakes I usually make and working to about 10% of their size. The steel rods are really fine and the flowerheads bob as the wires vibrate with any movement.
Six Panel Tree Mosaic
The commission was to create a series of six panels, each a variation of a tree design.
A romantic commission to create sixteen heart garden stakes for a couple renewing their wedding vows. One for each year of their marriage.
School Arts Week
Market Drayton Infant & Nursery School
Fantastic opportunity to work with Year 1 and 2 pupils creating a series of three mosaics that reflect their school logo of the Gingerbread Man and the beautiful school grounds.
Mosaic Pop-Up Garden
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
SMAG approached me to take part in a project linked to the Shrewsbury Food Festival, promoting healthy eating and growing your own food. I worked with museum visitors to create a series of two panels using the highly floral and decorative Coalport ceramic collection for inspiration.
The Mosaic Florist
New Design Direction
What started as a way of utilising those annoying off-cuts of backing board, the flowerhead series has developed.
Exhibition January - March 2018
To mark the centenary commemoration of the end of WW1 and at the Theatre Severn a new production of Poppyfields The Musical, there was be an exhibition of artists' work responding to those themes.
Farewell Present Commission
What to buy a school community on retiring was a question posed by a local primary teacher. She decided on commissioning a bespoke mosaic to be mounted on an exterior wall for the children to enjoy.
As part of a garden being opened to the public during the National Garden Open Garden Scheme 2018, a client wanted to include some 'garden interventions', just in case flowers were late to bloom! Altogether there were three designs created, anenome, daffodil and peony with three flowerheads of each.
Decorative and Functional
Taking William Morris' statement about only owning items that were both functional and beautiful, my range of round and square mirrors were developed.
Decorative trees developed out embroidery designs and now hang at the University of Chester in Shrewsbury Campus.
Extending the embroidered trees further
The single trees worked in isolation as decorative panels, now I extended the design to create a double tree, making more of the curved base and the earth between the roots.
London Garden I
Series of mosaic roundels 50-30cms in diameter. This commission started with one roundel on the back wall and using a metal lizard water feature as inspiration.
London Garden II
Why not have two more?
The clients were so pleased with the effect of the sunlight on the mosaic that they commissioned two more in the series of lizards and dragonflies.
Hampton Wick School Newt
And everybody helped!
This four by two metre mosaic was designed and made with pupil and staff input. The newt is the school emblem and red was their school colour. Children from Nursery through to Year 2 came to work in the pop-up workshop and were very proud of the finished mosaic.
Marvellous Mosaic Workshops
Studio-based one-day introductory mosaic workshop
If you would like to learn the basics about making mosaics then this is the workshop for you. It is held in my studio in Shrewsbury and follows the most current safety advice on Covid-19 compliance and safety.
We had such a wonderful time today with Lindsey on her mosaic course. Both my mum and I were complete novices to the art of mosaic, but with Lindsey’s guidance we came away with our very own mosaics! Thank you to Lindsey for your warm welcome and for making sure that we had all we needed to make some beautiful mosaic art; I’m feeling very inspired!
I must also say that Lindsey prepared the course and studio space to make sure that we all felt safe during these strange Covid-19 times.
Jacinta (Workshop attendee)
During the one-day workshop you will learn about many of the mosaic materials, adhesives, backing boards and basic cutting technique. There's no need for paper designs as we will work directly with the materials and finish the day with grouting your piece. All materials and tuition are included in the £80 fee. Lunch is not included but feel free to bring your own or visit one of the many local delicious cafes nearby.
To book this creative and relaxing day just send me a note via the contact page or through Craft Courses.
The Studio is now open for workshops!
With the lifting of Government restrictions on Monday 19 July 2021, I can now accept five people per workshop. Tables are well-spaced and the studio kept ventilated. Sanitising and cleaning facilities will continue to be provided to help to keep everyone safe.
There are places still available on the workshops I am running in other locations but please book directly with the galleries by clicking on the links below:
Friday 25th February 2022 at Loudwater Studios, Ludlow
Spring 2022 dates coming soon at Willow Gallery
Workshop dates for 2022
Saturday 22 January (FULLY BOOKED)
Saturday 19 February (FULLY BOOKED)
Saturday 26 March (4 places available)
Saturday 30 April (5 places available)
More dates coming soon!
Primary school art workshops
Tailor-made to suit your school
I am a fully qualified and experienced primary teacher and my DBS can be checked through the Government Update Service. Workshops can be booked for half or full days, several days or as part of your school's arts week celebrations. Workshops focus on children exploring a new artistic skill and often working collaboratively on one piece of artwork. Schools may have a site-specific piece in mind that they would like to display. I also work on mixed media art projects as well as mosaics.
The Mosaic is amazing!! We are all so pleased! The children love it! Thank you for your hard work!
Art Co-ordinator, Hodnet School
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