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20 May 2022

Designer Spotlight: MagentaMosaics

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Hi there! My name’s Charlotte, I’m a busy Mum/carer, who spends any of my free time working on my mosaics. I have Autism and I find that when life seems overwhelming, creating my art helps me keep calm & relaxed. I love bright colours, so if you do as well, then you’ve come to the right place!

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Another one of my favourite pastimes is going for walks, with my camera, & taking in as much of what Mother Nature has to offer as possible; the colour of leaves, insects, birds, flowers, & so much more. Nature is what inspires me, & what I try to incorporate into my mosaics.

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I believe in nature, & ways that it keeps our world healthy. Because of this I love to create Bee & Bird baths, to help out those who help us. I can guarantee that my art is made with strength, quality, & passion. Most of my pieces are made from scratch, meaning I prefer to cut all of my pieces myself, not many pre cut shapes are used.

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For years I felt like I didn’t have any hobbies, I was a Mum who went shopping for both food & clothes, and I cooked. One day my son brought home some veggies which he’d grown in the garden at school, I ate some, & the flavour was so exciting! Not long after, I discovered that our neighbour’s tomato plant had started to grow through the fence, I tasted some of those little red tomatoes, & it was like a sweet explosion in my mouth! I decided that if everyone else could grow such amazing things, then so could I.

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I dug up the earth, planted seeds, & before I knew it, those dried little seeds had turned into amazing plants! From there on there was no stopping me! Gardening was the first artistic side I discovered in myself. Where we live now, it was dust, now it’s absolutely full of plant art, Australian natives, daisies, salvias, veggies, fruit, & so much more.

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I love the little creatures that the plants bring, including spiders. But the garden space is small, after a while it was complete. I couldn’t fit any more in, and my brain, craving more learning, grew restless! In the evenings television wasn’t enough, online shopping was dull, and I needed something else.

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One day I was waiting at the bus stop & I looked across the road at an interesting looking place, called The Box Hill Community Arts Centre, the building looked so quirky & colourful. It looked so inviting, I immediately looked it up on my phone to find out more, and discovered that it offered art classes. After carefully looking through the classes on offer, I signed up to do a small pottery wheel class.

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Due to my autism, stepping out of my comfort zone & meeting new people can make me feel incredibly nervous. I felt sick & scared as I walked into my first class, but everyone was lovely. For all of us it was our first time, & we all managed to make some pots, despite many ‘flops’! So I’d had my first taste of art classes, & I wanted more!

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What else was there? Mosaics - alright I’ll give that a go. Once again I was sick in my tummy with nerves, I just wanted to turn around & go home, but more than that I wanted to go to my class. So I walked in and my teacher, Deb, introduced herself, & I asked her what do I do. Her instructions were simply: cut & stick. As I cut at tiles & stuck them down, I immediately felt the urge to look for different patterns and wild colours; go a little crazy. My first mosaic was a sunflower, and one of it’s petals had a blue spot in it; that was my favourite part of it because it was different.

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Deb asked what we wanted to make next and I said I wanted to make a koi fish birdbath, she told me it could be tough & it’d take up a lot of my time, but all that did was make me want it more! My partner drew the Koi fish for me, & I remember I absolutely loved sitting through each class, creating & singing! A lady who had special needs was also in my class; she liked singing and it filled me with happiness to belt out songs with her. I had gone from a nervous wreck, to being in my absolute happy place. I had been accepted, despite feeling different on the inside.

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One day my partner & I watched a video on YouTube, an artist who created mosaics, I’d seen many mosaics, they were all beautifully neat, a lot of them were flowers; a lot were made with pre cut pieces. They were beautiful, & I appreciated the hard work that would have been put into them, but this artist which we watched ‘coloured outside of the lines’ - he used random shapes which he’d cut, lots of colours, he’d put glitter in the grout, and used bits of gold. It was exactly the inspiration which I needed to grow!

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I started making little bird baths, designing my own pictures. I bought a scrapbook & started drawing ideas, using beautiful oil pastels to spread colour. I was in an art shop one day, I saw a little jar of brilliant blue powder, called ground pigment, I experimented & added some of it to my grout, that brilliant colour led me down more paths. I try to self teach as much as I can. My partner is a wonderful coach/silent partner and we discuss the art at length; the designs, the colours, the present, the future, what may work, what could go wrong.

After a while, once I had made a few bird & bee baths, for us & others, it was suggested to me that I sell some online. It took a bit of convincing - I thought I wasn’t good enough at that stage - but then I bit the bullet & had a go. I joined Madeit, because Australian made products are important to me, particularly products which are unique & hand made. I love that every two handmade pieces aren’t the same, I find imperfection perfect! 🙂

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About a week in I made a sale. I was so surprised! Then I started making more sales. With each sale that I made, my confidence grew & my art became more adventurous. The first time I held some money in my hand, I felt immense pride, to think that I’d received that, because I made something. I’m going to keep trying, & I’m going to keep learning.

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