It was so lovely to go back to Gatton Primary school in Tooting to work on another project with the children.
This time the workshop was to create an outdoor mosaic to celebrate three years of outdoor learning at the Tooting community garden. The children had been involved in many projects transforming the once overgrown and neglected piece of land into a wonderful space for all the community to come and enjoy.
The mosaic was to include the words, Working together, Growing together and Learning together.
To represent the fact that there are many different people, of other religions and no religions coming together in this garden I thought it would be a good idea to make three separate pieces that connect together to make one.
The mosaic was not to be a piece of Islamic art but my design incorporated a very geometrical border include repetition and symmetry, which was a very gentle nod in this direction.
The design was signed off … and everything was ordered and prepared …
The previous mosaic I created with the children at Gatton was an indoor piece, this one was for the garden so this time they would be working with cement adhesive and the design would be fixed to wedi board.
The children were enthusiastic about learning a different technique and it made me smile to hear them explaining to a teacher who dropped by, what wedi washers are and why we use them.
How wonderful to have confirmation they were actually listening!
Slowly but surely the mosaics were taking shape…
Although the children love grouting we were really up against it for time, so I took the mosaics back to the studio to grout and clean ….! Much scrubbing later the pieces were all looking beautiful and ready for installation before the big day.