Saturday, 6 May 2017

NEW WORK FROM BUDD STUDIO

UPDATE ON ALL THE LATEST WORKS FROM THE 
BUDD STUDIO


STORY IN STONE - BIGGLESWADE, POTTON AND SANDY MOSAIC TRAIL

The mosaics are coming on apace with Carolyn Blake's workshops proving a great success in Bedfordshire and our work here at the studio creating sections to match-in to the finished works.  We have our first roll-out later this month with panels for all three towns.  These are the first of three phases up to Spring 2018 and completion of the Mosaic Trail.

Below are half of the first panel for Potton and part of the first panel for Biggleswade (Sandy's first panel can be viewed on previous blogs)



WESTERHAM TOWN COUNCIL MEDALLION

Back in the 1970's my father, Kenneth Budd, designed and produced a medallion for the chairman of Westerham Parish Council (my Kentish birth town!!) in the interim years the Council has become a "Town" Council and I have just returned a revised medallion to reflect that change.  This just requires some extra embellishments from a jeweller before it can be presented to the Chairman. 


Meanwhile, near Westerham in......HURST GREEN, SURREY

We had a wonderful afternoon celebrating the unveiling of the Creative Community Mosaic on the front of the local Community Hall.  This 4 metre long work has been created by the Creative Community group and is part of an ongoing series of works including tidying up the environs and creating other artworks to enhance the area.


Detail of mosaic bee below


Me and my dear Ma at the opening!!!



Over in Clifton, Bristol......

WORK HAS BEGUN ON A PORTRAIT OF Sgt. REGINALD INCLEDON

This is the third portrait panel I have made for a client who is celebrating his past relatives on buildings he owns in the wonderful Clifton area of Bristol.  This photograph shows its current production stage, background is being applied as we speak.  The full design can be seen to the right of the mosaic portrait.



Another panel for Seasalt!.......

HORSHAM SEASALT SHOP PANEL INSTALLED!!!

Our latest Seasalt panel was installed mid-April in Horsham Surrey.  Next one due this coming week for the Mumbles in Wales!


Finally.........

LAST SUNDAY WE INSTALLED THE MORGAN CAR PANEL

In Reece Mews off High Street Kensington.  We had our high scaffolding and my son Tom and his old friend Mike, both young and agile, thankfully, as it was a bit of a sweat hauling a 2 X 1.5m mosaic panel up almost 20 feet to affix to the wall.  Thankfully the weather was kind and the job went well.  A very satisfactory commission and looked great, especially from certain angles where the iridescent mosaic did it's very sparkly thing!!.. I love this job!



  

 

Friday, 14 April 2017

MORGAN MOSAIC COMPLETED

MOSAIC PANEL FOR JOHN STAPLETON DUE FOR INSTALLATION 


The Morgan mosaic is now completed and due for installation at the end  of April.

Enjoy!!



Here are some details:






Monday, 13 February 2017

STORY IN STONE - BEDFORDSHIRE MOSAIC TRAIL


STORY IN STONE - BEDFORDSHIRE MOSAIC TRAIL


Work is well underway with the mosaics for the towns of Sandy, Potton and Biggleswade.

Whilst I am making sections in my studio artist Carolyn Blake is working with many community groups in the three towns, from schools to residential homes, creating elements of the mosaics that will fit into my work culminating in a fabulous series of mosaics that will link together and tell the histories of the three towns.

Below is the first panel for Sandy illustrating the largest Roman sculpture discovered in the region and coins discovered of a pre-Roman era.  Also a depiction of a Roman hunting dog brooch from the 2nd century AD.




Above can be seen William Peel's VC (one of the first to be awarded and with a rare yellow ribbon) below is Peel's house, now visitor centre for the RSPB.  Both these roundels will be incorporated into the Peel mosaic panel for Sandy.


A woodpecker flies between two roundels (to be made by community groups) for 
Sandy Panel No:1

Thursday, 1 December 2016

NEW COMMISSION FOR CENTRAL BEDFORDSHIRE

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW MOSAIC TRAIL COMMISSION FOR CENTRAL BEDFORDSHIRE


WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITIES OF THREE TOWNS IN BEDFORDSHIRE; SANDY, POTTON AND BIGGLESWADE AND IN PARTNERSHIP WITH "STORY IN STONE" (www.storyinstone.org.uk) WE NOW HAVE DESIGNS READY TO START WORK ON THE NINE MOSAIC THEMES.


The designs for the Story In Stone Three Town Mosaic Trail were rolled out to the public yesterday evening (Nov.30th) at Robert Peel Lower School in Sandy.  These received an extremely positive reception.

The designs are the result of much consultation and fact-finding with all three towns and are a culmination of ideas and input from Historical Societies, the public, schools and town councils.

The mosaics will be made partly in community workshops and local schools and partly in the Budd Mosaic studio.  The elements will be brought together and installed in the different towns from early summer 2017 to March 2018.

The designs have been based around some topics that are well known within the communities but also some lesser-known facts and historical stories that may stimulate interest and further research.

The mosaics will be colourful, educative and local landmarks.   Designs below:








  

Monday, 29 August 2016

LATEST BUDD WORKS

JUST ABOUT TO LEAVE THE STUDIO

This long hot summer has seen a number of works reach the finishing stage.  Firstly our commission for Yapton is ready for installation, here's a photo of all 13 sections laid out in the yard, the last section broke my finger on the bench as I was turning it out the mould, still better a broken digit than a damaged piece of work!


SEASALT - BURY ST. EDMUNDS

A night-time installation of the the latest Seasalt doorstep mosaic for Bury St Edmunds earlier this month (photo: Polly Hole - Seasalt) Currently there are three more being made in the studio for the South and North of England.



St. JOHN'S MEADS SCHOOL - EASTBOURNE

The children of St. John's Meads primary school have been busy with this excellent mosaic for their school playground.  It reflects the school's environs, its C of E status and the children themselves.  The work measures 2.5 X 1.5m


HAYWARDS HEATH - TWINNING PANEL

Soon to be installed at Haywards Heath railway station this twinning panel celebrates the towns close links with Traunstein in Germany and Bondues in France.


INTER-SCHOOLS MOSAIC PANEL - HAYWARDS HEATH

Following a really full-on day at Oathall Community College; many thanks to them as hosts, especially Mrs J. Smith-Hashim and her pupils who helped me with the six other local schools who all contributed to making this panel in just one day!
The cast plaques at the base of the work denote each school that took part.



Saturday, 11 June 2016

YAPTON MOSAIC - CASTING TECHNIQUE

AS THE FINAL SECTION COMES OFF THE BENCH I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE INTERESTING TO SHOW THE CASTING TECHNIQUE.

First photo shows the completed panel on the bench, in reverse.  It was made by following a reversed drawing on polythene and attaching the mosaic with Spraymount.  Then, using bendy MDF, 50mm walls are made around the mosaic to contain the concrete backing.  The walls are held in place with wooden noggins screwed onto the bench and the inner walls are lined with waterproof tape.

First the "goo", a mix of neat Portland cement between all the joints and across the back of the tesserae.  Then a layer of the concrete mix (sharp sand, fine aggregate and cement) then a fibre membrane levelled-off with more cement.  Covered for three days, then taken out of the mould, flipped over and cleaned.  All ready to go!







Friday, 3 June 2016

YAPTON MOSAIC NEARS COMPLETION

OLIVER WORKING ON THE FINAL PANELS OF THE YAPTON MOSAIC



FORD AIRFIELD PANEL ON THE BENCH (IN REVERSE)


WORKING IN REVERSE WITH PORCELAIN TILES IS INTERESTING AS YOU CANNOT SEE THE COLOUR OF THE FACE OF THE TILE ONCE YOU'VE SET IT DOWN! 


NAVIGATORS PANEL COMPLETED


FORD AIRFIELD WW1 AVIATOR PANEL COMPLETED 


"1920/30s "FLAPPER" PANEL ON BENCH (IN REVERSE) READY FOR CASTING