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MOSAIC and ART TOUR of ITALY September 2013

TO ALL Art Enthusiasts, makers or lovers of art!



WE, that is John (my brother) and I are very excited to be planning a boutique art and mosaic tour to Italy with Trekset Tours, in the September holidays in 2013.

The tour is designed to be structured in the mornings with afternoons free for you to explore or go shopping…or eat gelato….and then reconnect in the evenings.

It will be limited to 12-15 people. 

We think the mix of places and things to do will be entertaining and informative. One feature of it is a cooking class in a beautiful Tuscan Farm house where we will spend the night!


For further Information

Contact me


[email protected]


“Stationary Faces” Mosaic mural Patterson Station, Bentleigh

The community mosaic mural at Patterson Station, Bentleigh has won the “Community Action” Category in the 2012 Keep Australia Beautiful, Sustainable Cities Awards.

See this link for the finalists and winners!

Very proud of this result!

A great win for all the chlidren + adults who contributed to this mural.


I would like to thank my sponsors + community partners.


Arts Victoria

Department of Transport

Vic Track



City of Glen Eira

The Stationeers Program, who encourage Train Stations as Creative Community hubs



May 6th Workshop

Hello To All Vic/Tas Maanz Members and others,
Due to the success of the Spontaneous Mosaic Workshop with Pamela Irving we are doing it again on the 06th of May 2012, please note: this time the Workshop will be held at the Beaumaris Art Group Studio, Reserve Road, Beaumaris, (behind the Beaumaris Library) Melways map 86 D/6 see attached Flyer for more details.
For those of you who missed this workshop when it was held on the 15th of April now is your chance to experience a very different way of mosaicing…some comments from the last workshop were….”It was the best workshop ever” and “I loved it” but everyone agreed they had never done anything quite like it before.
Word to the wise don’t bother asking anyone who attended the last workshop what they did on the day, they are all swore to secrecy so as not to spoil it for the next lot of participants…
RSVP to me at [email protected] by the 04th May 2012.
Jean Smullen
Maanz Victorian Secretary

April 15th Workshop

I am holding a workshop for the Mosaic Association on April 15th. 2012

This workshop is booked out. Another will be held and I will post the date as soon as I know.

If you are interested to come along please email me on

[email protected]

I will then forward you the information.

The cost is $50 for MAANZ members and $55 for non MAANZ members

Most materials supplied.

Bookings are essential.


BOSTIK Adhesives

Thank you BOSTIK!

Mosaic lovers be sure to get down to the Patterson Station mosaic launch on Sunday at 10.30am. Bostik, who have supplied all the adhesives and grout for this project will have some great giveaways….showbags for the kids and mosaic adhesive products for the artists.

Come on down!

The mural was adhered using Bostik’s ASA Megalastic and ASA Fixall….it’s there for the longhaul!

I recommend this system of adhesion in my studio practice.

Patterson Station Mosaic.

Community Mural: “Stationary Faces”, Patterson Station, Bentleigh


Launch March 4th 2012 at 10.30 am.

Hope you can come along!


 “Stationary Faces” is a 150 square metre community mosaic mural on the underpass of Patterson Railway Station, Patterson Rd, Bentleigh. The mural is made up of several hundred individual mosaic faces, which have been patch-worked together to create a beautiful and lasting mosaic mural.


The project was initiated by local artist, Pamela Irving.  Pamela’s goal was to engage the community in making an artwork which would reduce graffiti recycle, unwanted tiles and beautify the dull underpass environment. In order to achieve this, she received an Arts Victoria Community Partnership Grant. Pamela also received additional funding and support from Metro, VicTrack, the Department of Transport, Bostik and Tiny Pieces mosaic tools + supplies, Chicago.


Over 750 people from the local and international community have participated in the project.  Each person was encouraged to express their own creativity within the theme of ‘portraits’.  The combination of all of these faces culminated in a mural that symbolizes community on a local and a global scale.


The mural has received excellent media coverage and has had a very enthusiastic response from the local and international community. The work is now part of an International “Mosaic Atlas” and Patterson Station is being visited by overseas and local artists with an interest in mosaic art. 


Children from all over Melbourne delight in visiting the station in order to find their ‘face’!


Patterson Station’s “Stationary  Faces” were created by:

Bentleigh West Kindergarten – Jo Harris & 4 year old group

Bentleigh Secondary College- Dora  Lakoumentas & yr 9 students.

Mc Kinnon Secondary College – Karen Levy & year 9 students

Mc Kinnon Secondary College – Helen Kuriata & year 10 students

Glen Eira College – Jill Anderson & year 7 & 10 students

Wesley College, Elsternwick Jill Stanbury & her students 

MLC- Paula Rose & year 5 students 

Scotch College -Priscilla Williams & Year 4 students

Brighton Grammar School – Karen Neilsen & year 5

Brighton Grammar – Jane Byrne & year 9 boys from the Sea Change program,

Westbourne Grammar School- Audrey Cardona + years 5+ 6 students

Beaconhills College Pakenham – John Irving & year 7

Star of the Sea -Lou Chamberlin & year 9 students

Star of the Sea – Luisa Bezzi & year 9 students

Woorynan Community Services Frankston.

St Andrew School, Chicago, USA- Staci Sterenberg & students

Chicago Mosaic School, USA

Sarah Curry + students from Valparaiso, Indiana

The Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand, especially the Victorian and QLD Branches

Patterson Station mosaic “Staionary Faces” Launch March 4th 2012


On March 4th,  at a time yet to be decided upon,  we will launch the Patterson Station mosaic.

Please put the date in your diary. It would be great to see all you people who have made a mosaic face/portrait.

If you have photo of yourself with your portrait please email it me at

[email protected]  and I will put it on my facebook page


I will put updates on about the launch as soon as it is all organised.



Eltham College Acquistion.

The Borard of Eltham College has just acquired a painting for the College collection. The work is titled “Mother of a Bird” . It was selected to be shown as part of the Masterworks Exhibition, at Snipers Gulley Vineyard in October.