Mosaic Garden Table - A Special Commission

A chance meeting resulted in this exciting one-off commission for an outdoor mosaic garden table top, and I am currently in full creative mode putting together all the elements that will go into the finished piece.

Working on the mosaic table border design.

I met the client at the opening of my Arts Week Exhibition of mosaic portraits; huge pieces which are part of an ongoing project I am working on that were displayed in the window of Covered Arts & Framing during Oxford Arts Week 2016.  

The brief I was given for this project is for a mosaic table top busy with flowers, bees, butterflies and leaves using vibrant jewel like colours.  

I have been communicating regularly with the client and sending them photos to comment on as my ideas develop and evolve.  I want to make really sure they're happy with the end result and feel a part of the process.  However, I still feel like I've been given wonderful artistic freedom to design the individual elements that are making up the whole design.  As yet, I don't know exactly how it will all come together in the finished table top, but, as an artist and creator that is what makes me excited; that little bit of unknown. What I do know is that it will be instinctive, and that is the part of the creative process I love.

The individual flowers, bees, butterflies and leaves are each carefully made up using sticky back plastic to hold them together so that when the time comes to place each individual element, I can move them easily until I find the right composition.

One of the mosaic butterflies templated up on sticky back plastic.

The table top it 900mm in diameter and the mosaic pieces will be stuck to a specially cut 18mm exterior grade plywood base.  The client is sourcing the metal legs and a glass top.

The main body of the mosaic will be made up of glistening pieces of broken car window. I often use recycled materials in my work.  They are perfect for adding interest and shattered car windows are one of my favourites because they just glisten in the sunlight.

The border tiling will be regular rectangular coloured cut tiles and small mosaics encircling the busy jumble of excitement that makes up the innter part of the table.  The edge tiles are going to be slightly raised so that it will stand proud of the butterflies that will, when finished, be adorned with jewels. 

I'll be posting further blogs as the table develops, so watch this space!