Thursday 20 June 2013


Two of our panels, Frost and Tangle have become quite well travelled as during several days in June, Carole was working on a collaborative project / walking residential in Alstonefield with artist Jo Dacombe. 

Carole felt the evenings might be a great opportunity to share the art of mosaic making with yet more participants whilst providing an activity that was both engaging and relaxing.

If you would like to find out more about Carole & Jo's adventures in Derbyshire and their collaborative projects, you can do so by visiting their Blog Undiscovered Networks, where you will find intriguing interventions, wonderful photographs and many interesting ways of engaging with landscape, place and architecture.

Tuesday 11 June 2013

Stephenson Way Art Group Panels

It is always wonderful to be able to include members of Stevie Way Art Group in Back To Books projects, it is such a welcoming, well run group of active, engaging people. The group meets on Mondays between 11.30 and 1.30 at Stephenson Way Community Centre, Corby. 

The group is organised, on a voluntary basis, by the very wonderful Arts Facilitator Ann Leonard and supported by the equally wonderful Susan Shier. 

Ann has been a key participant in many Back To Books projects, including Invisible Threads, New Vistas Wider Horizons and On the Right Track. 

In her capacity as Office Manager at AES Europe, Ann enabled us to protect the saplings planted in the Jubilee Wood at the Old water Tower in Brigstock in 2012 by providing (along with her colleagues) the stakes and mesh.

During the legendary Stevie Way Art Group Christmas Party participants were all keen to help with the Brampton Valley Way Mosaic Way Markers so on June 10th 2013 artist Carole Miles hired a room in the Community Centre and invited the group to drop in and begin work on two new panels.

We had a spacious, room to work in, regular top-ups of tea and coffee and a marvellous buffet lunch provided by the group.

Three generations

Our youngest participant was very keen to explore all the colours in the tile box!

The conversation is always lively and the laughter abundant, there were some new visitors as well as regulars and everyone was made to feel right at home.

The image that was the inspiration for this panel can be seen here

and the image for this panel can be seen below

After an intensive day of mosaic making both panels are well under way and we would like to thank all who took part for making it such an enjoyable experience. 

The full Flickr Set from the day can be viewed here

Sunday 9 June 2013

Spratton Weather Vane Mosaic Panel

You can see the progress and completion of this panel by artist Carole Miles below, the panel is inspired by our walk round Brixworth last year. To read about the walk follow this link and you can see the photo set from that walk here.

Friday 7 June 2013

The Brixworth Day Mosaic Continued in the Studio

After the day at the Country Park artist Carole Miles continued to work on the Spring / Summer Panel. Here are images taken in her studio as the mosaic grew!

You can read about the walks that inspired this panel here and here and the Flickr sets here and here

The panel has now been grouted with black grout.