Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library

We are the friends of the Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP. For official information about the library, including opening hours and contact details, please visit the library’s own website here.

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Mosaic nippers at work – a participant’s account

mosaicsOn Saturday 13th April 2013, 14 adults and children worked for over four hours – under the guidance of Creative Sparkworks and with materials donated by Topps Tiles – to make mosaics that will be placed on a wall in Tradescant’s Retreat – the garden at the rear of the library.

Taisa (10), Mary Rose (6) and Jessica (17) worked as a team to make a delightful lemon tree. Heidi worked on a colourful illustration of a plum tree taken from a Tradescant botanical illustration. Nine-year-old Sadhara very diligently made an owl taken from the same illustration assisted by her brother Junay (12) and Robert (also 9) who was a whizz with the mosaic nippers. Her mum Razia had a hand in the flying books mosaic I was attempting as well as guiding the finishing touches to the owl. Later on the youngest participant, Charlotte, just three years old , added some of her colour choices to the owl. Sue who has enjoyed working before with Creative Sparkworks made a circular sun-like dazzling design incorporating old CD discs! Daphne had a beautifully sparkling colourful butterfly near completion when I last saw it. She had some input from Noreen who had brought with her the most amazing hungry caterpillar mosaics that she had made at home .

With both Noreen’s advice and the brilliant practical guidance from Sylvia and Lauren we had a thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling day. They will be making additions to the day’s art work to ready it for installation (scheduled for May 16th) and grouting (May 18th) – all in time for Friends’ AGM on May 22nd.

Thank you to all for a terrific creative and learning experience!

Kate Kelly-Tanguay






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