yay retro! just love to meet creative people making wonderful things, and recently Fiona from Box of Frogs Mosaics got in touch to buy some retro china to use in her stunning mosaic artworks.
Fiona who trained as a Textile Designer at the West Surrey College of Art and Design, runs her creative business in the fens of South Lincolnshire. Working from a converted stable in the garden, which is filled with china and mosaic tiles. She tells us that she is really keen to use chipped or cracked china in her work, as with so many pretty patterns she can't bear to throw them away.
Fiona loves the graphic designs of J&G Meakin and Kathie Winkle, and Edwardian and 1930's china which is light and perfect for her mosaic jewellery. Working with a wide variety of materials, a bright patterned china saucer or the quirky handle from a tea cup can often be the inspiration for a new piece of work; it could be a hanging heart, bird, mirror or become part of a bigger piece that echoes the pattern:
Fiona has collected so many beautiful pieces of perfect china that a fair amount has found it's way into her home - her kitchen dresser is groaning! Anything that gets broken at teatime is carefully gathered up and then the night is spent planning how to give it a second life.
She tells us that she would keep the Abstract Bone China Royal Vale set in the yay retro! shop safely away from the shed and enjoy a proper cup of coffee, and the Meakin cup and saucer duo is a must - she has plates in the same design and could use them for tea and cake during one of her workshops!
You can see some of Fiona's work on her website here; this includes large site specific artworks, involvement in community projects and mosaic workshops. Fiona is temporarily selling her work through her FaceBook page 'Box of Frogs Mosaics' , however her Folksy shop will also be open for business by the middle of February (we are looking forward to that!)
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