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BAMM’s Mosaic of the Year 2014: Tessa Hunkin & the Hackney Mosaic Project Change A Community With Art

The Romans would have approved.

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The British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM) recently announced that Tessa Hunkin and The Hackney Mosaic Project have received the Mosaic of the Year Award for a stunning body of work that encompasses two public installations in London; Shepherdess Walk and Hoxton Varieties.

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"Shepherdess Walk" Full view with all panels and pavements  Photo:  Lillian Sizemore

“Shepherdess Walk” Full view with all panels and pavements   Commissioned by Hackney Council    Photo: Lillian Sizemore

Shepherdess Walk detail    Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

Shepherdess Walk detail Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

"Hoxton Varieties" (2012) Tessa Hunkin & The Hackney Mosaic Project  Photo courtesy of the artist

“Hoxton Varieties” (2014) Tessa Hunkin & The Hackney Mosaic Project  Commissioned by Sainsbury’s     Photo courtesy of the artist

"Hoxton Varieties" Detail  Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

“Hoxton Varieties” Detail Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

The Jury, which consisted of Dr. Will Wooten, Lecturer in Roman Art at Kings College, Norma Vondee, President of BAMM, and your editor, was in total unison in the decision to shine a a spotlight on a series of works that are not only visually brilliant – they have changed lives.

Dr. Wooten:  A Tour de force in the continued refinement of a modern visual vocabulary for figurative mosaic art.

Tessa Hunkin & The Hackney Mosaic Project "Shepherdess Walk: Autumn Winter" (2012)

Tessa Hunkin & The Hackney Mosaic Project “Shepherdess Walk: Autumn Winter” (2012)     Photo courtesy of the artist

Norma Vondee:  Evergreen mosaic master at her height; relentless clarification, determination, curiosity, finish and humanity.

Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

"Shepherdess Walk" Detail  Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

“Shepherdess Walk” Detail Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

Nancie Mills Pipgras:  Brilliant modernization of an ancient aesthetic.  Clear, concise, joy-filled imagery made by volunteers.  Art that has changed a neighborhood.

Hunkin, an accomplished mosaic maker and author, acted as the designer of the projects, a role the Romans called the pictor imaginarius.  Her love and appreciation for the critical design components of ancient mosaics has created a lively, modern aesthetic that delights and resonates. Hunkin’s Hoxton pups are the obvious direct descendants of the hounds of the 1st Century AD.

"Hoxton Varieites" Detail  Photo courtesy of the artist

“Hoxton Varieites” Detail Photo courtesy of the artist

Hare Hunting 1st Century AD

Hare Hunting 1st Century AD   Photo via Wikipedia

Equally impressive to the jurors was the fact that these mosaics were all made by volunteers. The Hackney Mosaic Project is comprised of local community members and clients of Lifeline, an organization devoted to helping people recover from drug and alcohol addiction.  These are mosaics made by the people for the people – and they are of astonishing quality.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Photo courtesy of the artist

"Shepherdess Walk" Detail  Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

“Shepherdess Walk” Detail Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

 

Photo courtesy of the artist

Photo courtesy of the artist

Photo courtesy of the artist

Photo courtesy of the artist

"Hoxton Varieties" Detail  Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

“Hoxton Varieties” Detail Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Signatures of the makers are always included prominently in the design of the mosaics.

Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

Photo courtesy Lillian Sizemore

Just this week, Hunkin and The Hackney Mosaic Project unveiled their most recent accomplishment – The Hackney Downs Park Pavilion. British comedian Russell Brand positively nails the spirit of the project in this impromptu dedication.

The open-air theater is a mosaic menagerie with charming bugs and beasties of all shapes and sizes.

Hackney Downs Park Theater    Photo courtesy Norma Vondee

Hackney Downs Park Theater Photo courtesy Norma Vondee

Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Tessa Hunkin   Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Tessa Hunkin     Photo courtesy Spitalfieldslife.com

Another joyous, welcoming environment by Tessa Hunkin and The Hackney Mosaic Project has been added to the London landscape – thanks in great part to the Hackney Council which has funded and promoted the projects. What lackluster space will these mighty mosaic collaborators transform next?

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LOCATIONS

  • Shepherdess Walk  Shepherdess Walk, London N1 7JN (Northeast Corner)
  • Hoxton Varieties – Sainsbury’s Local Store, 245 Old Street EC1V 9EY (Corner of Pitfield St)
  • Hackney Downs Park

 

 

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  1. Jeroen Meijer

    Simply briljant!

  2. Helen Miles

    thank you so much for posting this. it really is the most beautiful mosaic ever and well deserves the prize.

  3. Joy Sturgess

    Absolutely beautiful work Tessa.x

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