Today I am Featuring Alison Bullock who has made a leap from being Policewoman and doing mosaics part time to being a full time artist! Alison writes… “I have always been creative, my first mosaic was 22 years ago when I made my first mosaic from shards of a broken mirror which I tiled around a window. The light bounced around the room and I was hooked!
Since then I have done many mosaic projects around various homes I’ve renovated, from splash backs and picture frames to fireplaces and floors.
In 2005 I joined West Midlands Police. I was approaching 30 and I was either going to start an interior design business or become a police officer. When I passed the exams, I saw that as a sign and joined up!
Fast forward a few years and I got back into mosaics by doing a huge garden project. It failed miserably. I hadn’t done my research for outdoor mosaics and the whole thing fell off the wall and ended up a crumbled mess on the lawn! I then had a chance meeting with a mosaic artist who explained why, I did lots of my own research and started mosaicing again. What I learnt from this is that failure is good. It’s the only real way to learn…
That was when Melting Pot Mosaics was born and I worked away in my loft art room on my days off work. I found it incredibly therapeutic and nearly three years later decided to give up my career to pursue my art business…that was 2 weeks ago!
I have no formal art qualifications. I am totally self taught. I have read many books and watched lots of tutorials, but I really don’t think it makes a huge difference. I think my style has evolved naturally and is fairly identifiable now. In the early days I would try different styles but I do think you naturally find your own, or it finds you!
Having built up a regular client base, and spent the past few years learning as much as I could about mosaic art, I felt ready to take the plunge. Time will only tell if I’ve made the right decision!
For now though, I am loving life again, every day is a surprise and the commissions are rolling in. My original artwork also sells well.
Most of what I do literally comes off the top of my head. Not at all planned or forced. An idea will pop into mind and it just flows from there. Another thing that happens often is that a certain object or plate dictates how a piece evolves. I’ll often look at a pattern on a plate and just somehow know what it will become.
I love that about it. You never know what’s going to inspire you next. I mainly use ceramic tiles, vintage plates and various mixed media. I would love to use Smalti. I’ve used pieces in small sections of work but never an entire piece made of Smalti before, that will be next on my ‘to do’ list!
For the future, I’d love to learn more about this fascinating art form, I’d also like to do more 3D substrate pieces and to take on the challenge of larger scale community projects. With this medium the possibilities are endless.
Mosaics by Alison: The Seahorse (header), The Gift and Blah, Blah, Blah.
More news from MOSAIC SUPPLIES: We are preparing to order the Litovi from Veronique Juan. We will be UK stockists but if any country currently does not have a stockist we are able to ship to you until you have someone in place.. We are ordering a selection of colours. The range is quite large, and depending on the interest from artists, we may increase our stock in time. However we can special order particular colours. Litovi will be ordered per piece, 6cmx6cmx1cm. Each piece will weigh approximately 100g and this will be the minimum order.
We have a new Valentine Heart kit on the website and a new Easter buny kit.
That’s all for now, if you would like to be featured on the blog, get in touch.
Best wishes to you all in Mosaicland!