This piece came from seeing a tree outlined against a fabulous sunset. I wanted to show the light in the sky so used iridescent vitreous tiles. I also wanted to get the full range of the glorious colours of the sunset, so I started with red, orange and yellow, fading through coral, pink, olive, palest green to palest blue, with purple clouds. The way the iridescent tiles shine and change in the light is fantastic. I’ve tried to show it in the photos but it is so much better in real life! I just love the contrast in this piece – the tree and the earth are textured vitreous tile so stand out against the shimmering sky.
Each piece was cut to size so the process was quite labour intensive. It is mounted on an upcycled shabby chic style wood board and finished with cream grout.
Dimensions H 25cm x W 20 cm x D 2.5 cm
Hello! My name is Carol Ahmed. I have had a lifelong love of mosaic and having recently given up work, I have been able to spend more time creating mosaics. I love designing – playing with pattern, colour and shape. I was always the kid ( and the grown up to be honest!) making patterns in the sand with pebbles and shells. . I like combining mosaic tiles with other materials – especially upcycled jewellery and beads, but also other ‘found’ materials: driftwood, stone etc. I search for interesting objects to upcycle and use as bases or detail. I like to recycle and re-use whenever possible. I also like that an object that is individually sourced will suggest ideas for designs and colours to develop in the finished item. Some of my pieces have strong geometric patterns, influenced by Moorish and Islamic art and architecture. Other pieces explore curves, waves and spirals, inspired by the natural world and classical mosaic art. Each item is unique, finished with craftsmanship and attention to detail.