I love being commissioned to make a completely original and personal mosaic. I love a challenge and to find ways of creating something new with tiles.
So, it all starts with a customer liking my mosaics, having an idea of a special mosaic and getting in touch. This particular customer, Ellie, lived close to me so we arranged for her to come round and have a chat.
She wanted me to make a mosaic for her sister's 40th birthday. In it, she wanted a particular sailing boat her and her sister sail in on the Sussex coast, some trees suggesting the New Forest, a 'B' for her sister's initial and 40 on the sail. We chose a range of tiles that she liked, and I could work with. Then she left it up to me.
'Right,' I thought - 'interesting!' I firstly researched the sailing boat she wanted, and found an image of the sideways view I was looking for. Then I looked for clumps of trees in the New Forest, and found an image of one that would work in the mosaic.
I started by drawing the design on the wood, and when I was happy with the proportions and detail, I got on with some snipping and sticking!
As I was making the boat, I realised that it needed people in it - and who better than Ellie and her sister?! So I found out what colour her sister's hair was, and what colour life jackets they wear - it's all in the detail! Better have some seagulls too .. And here it is....!
I so enjoyed it all - love to make something new!
If you have an idea for a special mosaic, have a look at my website as a guide to sizes and prices - www.felicityballmosaics.com - and do get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org