Jessica's kitchen mural!
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Jessica Worthington Wilmer
Kitchen back splash
design & fabrication -Sandra Robertson
smalti, mirror, ceramic tile
Substrate: Cement sheeting
I recently undertook my first and given how close to the completion of works I still am, quite possibly, my last major house renovation project. While I had an overall vision of how I wanted my home to look at the end, there was no interior designer involved and many of the details that came to pass were decided “as I went along” and/or “as the budget allowed”.
There was one major exception to this – my kitchen splash back. From the start of the whole renovation project I had come across a picture online of a beautiful art deco mosaic floor. I fell in love with the pattern and colours of this floor and immediately decided it would make a fantastic and unusual kitchen splash back.Having little or no experience in mosaics myself, I had no idea how to go about getting a bespoke mosaic made and so as we do in this Internet age “googled it”.
I thus discovered a mosaic studio in Brisbane called “OzMosaics”, clicked on their web link and found that a woman called Sandy Robertson who ran the studio did indeed take on mosaic commissions.So I took a chance, emailed Sandy along with the floor image and asked whether or not it would be possible to make and if so, would she be interested and able to accept the commission.Looking back now, I could never have imagined the breathtakingly beautiful and utterly unique piece of mosaic art that would ultimately result from that initial enquiry.
To my surprise I discovered that Sandy is a mosaic artist of international renown.I was immediately humbled that an artist of her caliber would be interested and able to take on my small kitchen splash back project. However apart from her incredible artistry the other thing I discovered about Sandy is her bubbly energy, genuine warmth and generosity of spirit.
That combined with her highly contagious enthusiasm and passion for all things mosaic turned my quest for a simple kitchen splash back into a wonderful, collaborative creative adventure. A visit to her studio to discuss the mural would turn into a 2 hour excited, creative talk fest that would leave me completely re-energized not just about the mosaic itself but about the entire home renovation.
Working with Sandy was a privilege and an absolute delight. And now, rather than having a simple copy/ recreation of that original art deco floor pattern, I have a kitchen splash back that brings me as much joy and pleasure as many of the other artworks in my house.It is a unique expression of my taste and Sandy’s extraordinary skill and I can’t help but smile proudly when people see if for the first time. No-one has seen anything like it and as a friend so aptly expressed “who knew you could have art in your kitchen?”
Thank you Jessica for the testimonial and the honour of making a mosaic mural for your new home.
It was a delight to work with you to bring your mosaic dream to reality.I loved working with you to get the colours to suit your kitchen and a unique mosaic that will last the distance and not date as many kitchen tile backsplashes do!
May this mural bring joy and beauty to your home. I almost embedded myself in this mural - I love the original floor idea which gave the basis for us to collaborate and come up with an original.
Thanks for letting me run with this and taking the chance on a textured panel for your kitchen. I also love the grout colour we selected; Laticrete: Sandstone.
Installation options: screw or glue to wall
Contact OzMosaics to schedule a consultation to make your mosaic masterpiece.