Award-Winning Mosaic Makers of Hackney
You recall my friends the Mosaic Makers, who I have been following over the past year, since their triumph with the murals at Shepherdess Walk and at Pitfield St in Hoxton, and more recently up on Hackney Downs, where they have just completed their magnum opus - covering the entire open air theatre with a vast lyrical tableau of wild creatures. Now their work has received just recognition with the award of Mosaic of the Year by the British Association for Modern Mosaic.
Yesterday, I went up to Hackney Downs to congratulate Tessa Hunkin, the inspirational designer and team leader of the project, while she applied the finishing touches of grouting in advance of the opening celebration from 2-4pm this afternoon. Refreshments will served in the Park Pavilion which functions as the Mosaic Makers’ workshop and there will be a chance to view individual works by members of the team. This will be followed by an official opening by Councillor Jonathan McShane, with a display of model parrots and a performance in the theatre by young people from the nearby Nightingale Estate.
“It suits us to have our workshop here in the Pavilion on Hackney Downs,” Tessa confided to me, “because the park attracts people from the local community who feel excluded through illness, loneliness or other problems – they see a friendly place and they come and join us making mosaics.”
Now the Mosaic Makers have developed their expertise and established their workshop, they are eagerly looking for their next project in the East End. “We like to do big mosaics, it inspires us to work on an epic scale,” Tessa admitted to me recklessly. So the burning question is – Who want to commission the Mosaic Makers next?
The first visitors arrive to admire the completed mosaics
The model for the design
All are invited to the opening celebration at the Pavilion on Hackney Downs today 2-4pm
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