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Mosaic inspires school kids to Spread their Wings

February 2021

A prominent mosaic artist has teamed up with a Liverpool-based tile adhesive company to create a bird-themed mosaic for an historic south London college.

Delighted to be revisiting a project she first began in 2017, Tamara Froud from Catford in London, has been commissioned by Dulwich College Kindergarten and Infants’ School to create a wall-mounted mosaic at the building’s main entrance.

She said: “I created the original mosaic in 2017 to depict various types of duck and wading birds; Like a swan, a heron, a moorhen and a curlew.  Each was designed to represent one of the eight classes in the infants’ section of the college.  But after adding another three classes, the college has called me back in to expand the scene.”

The mosaic, which was originally commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the infants’ section of the school, combines exterior-grade ceramic tiles with red and white stones from the New Forest, and brightly coloured opaque glass.  In light of the technical challenges of integrating the new elements onto the original curved wall, Tamara didn’t want to leave anything to chance.

Having been supported with specialist adhesives and grouts by Palace Chemicals, and LATICRETE UK for nearly five years, Tamara said: “The three new birds - A puffin, a mandarin duck, and a sandpiper - are all being prepared in my Catford studio.  I’m sticking the tiles, glass and stones to a mesh backing with Laticrete 254 and adding a little Palace Tiler’s Primer for some extra adhesive power.  That enables me to feel confident that, when I install the finished pieces onto the wall, all those tiny pieces will stay exactly where they belong.”

“Covid permitting, the plan is to now visit the school during the half-term break, so the new work can be integrated into an expanded version of the original mosaic,” she aDDS.  “By using colour-matched Palace Colour Lock grout, it should look like the new birds were always part of the original scene.”

Palace Chemicals’ Commercial Director, Steve Ball, is delighted that Palace / LATICRETE UK remain the go-to solution for mosaic professionals like Tamara. “Having supported various artists over the years, we know how valuable mosaic installations can be to community life. A bespoke mosaic is something people can take pride in to feel a part of, so we’re delighted to be able to support Tamara in a project like this”.

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