Mandala Magic makes mosaics!

MOSAICS are made up of fragments that come together to create a whole picture.

This is similar to the mandala which symbolically puts together fragmented parts of our self as we search for wholeness.

I have always been fascinated at the art process of evolving. Art masterpieces 'grow'. They develop. Even if one begins with a concept it would be very sad if that did not go beyond that original idea. I want it to be even better than I 'thought' it would be.

I have created many mosaics with children (age 5 and over), adults and the elderly (over 80 years); with people from all walks of life with varying art experience. Artist in residence projects have been especially rewarding and I love to see how groups of children and staff work together without expectation, without the need to perform. As a team they are immersed in the creative process without focusing on the outcome.

Magic happens.

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Regeneration. Artist in residence - Lilydale High School.

Situated in a breezeway of the school this mosaic represents the experience of regeneration by students, staff and the environment, following the bush fires of 2010. It is a mosaic of hope and recovery depicting the tenacity of the spirit within all living things.

Designed by students, Sarah Hardy and myself it took 15 days to complete. About 15 meters long and up to 3 meters high, it involved working with students from year 7 to year 12, staff and the wider community of Lilydale High School – all who in some way had been affected by the bush fires.
Components of this mosaic included ceramic pieces created individually and later incorporated into the design such as homes, farm animals and fields. Leaves of the different trees and vegetation that sheltered many creatures such as lizards, frogs, birds and insects. Waterways recovered with fish, lilies and reeds.....all depicted in this mosiac.

Artist in residence Lily Dale High. Part of the walk way mosaic depicting regeneration after the fires affected members of the school community.

Artist in residence Lily Dale High. Part of the walk way mosaic depicting regeneration after the fires affected members of the school community.


Copperfield Secondary College

Inspired by the famous wood block print of the great wave of Kanagawa, one of Hokusai’s finest works and possibly the single most famous image in all oriental art, the students of Copperfield Secondary College created this  25 meters long and 6 meters high mosaic called, 'the wave of life' . Children from grade six worked with students from the high school creating  a project of integration. It depicts the continuous waves of progress and growth experienced in education.

This large mosaic linked to the neighboring primary school's mosaic design. A huge art project that represented the transition of students from primary to secondary school. Students from both campuses worked together creating the design, smashing tiles, making the mosaic and grouting to create this amazing work of art. Symbolically it represents the journey through childhood and adolescence to emerging on the land of the adult. During that journey we encounter many challenges. Help and support are available to get us through.

Detail of mermaid in the mosaic
Detail of mermaids in the mosaic.

Detail of mermaids in the mosaic.

I believe strongly in the potential of the individual, and the strength of community.

The arts have long been recognized to have the potential to promote health and wellbeing. They provide a different format to express oneself within, other than words. One of the most powerful contributions to wellbeing is that they reflect and create an inclusive sense of community. The sense of belonging and being part of a creative group empowers people. It creates a sense of wholeness and oneness.

Similar to a mosaic the fragments come together to create a complete picture. Each fragment contributes an important part of the whole. Our community is made up of different individuals and each one makes an important contribution to the 'whole'. Everyone is valuable.


Large wall mosaics were created by all students in Wattle View Primary school, from preps. to grade six, some staff and parents. Working as an Artist in Residence everyone was involved with conceptual themes, design, drafting and making the art work itself. The mandalas sit either side of the front entrance representing the four school houses and important values held by students. The birds are local and are often seen in the area and grounds.

Westgarth Primary school mosaic seat

Emperor Gum Caterpillar Mosaic seat created by students of Westgarth Primary (ages 5 to 12) serves as a seat to sit and enjoy the school vegetable garden. It represents metamorphosis - the process of change that takes us through the  different phases of development. Another artist in residence program. 

Lilydale Primary school wall mosaics

As artist in residence together with the children of the entire school of Lilydale Primary we created this large mosaic installation. The design was created by a child in grade 3. It is worked in tile, glass tiles and ceramics which were made by the children.

                                       Whirl pool mandala

                                       Whirl pool mandala

Pomegranate Place, WaverlEy Community LEARNING CENTRE.

This mosaic wall panel, small seat and large bench seat was created by children, the elderly and the different members of this diverse community for the use in a shared are known as pomegranate place. 

Each part of the art installation tells a story about the Community house, it's history and the people that it serves.

The mosaics create an atmosphere of flow, the coming together of different shapes and patterns in a constant gentle movement that feels natural and evolving.

They enhance the communityhouse courtyard which is the place for gatherings, outdoor activities and celebrations.

Members and staff from each section of the Waverley Community Center contributed their 'art part' to this project.

Those that created it with us became our friends and we looked forward to being together making this lovely project.

It was a pleasure.

Gary and I sit on the seat in front of the completed panel which he built as a frame for this art installation.









 Mosaics make perfect additions to gardens. My garden has mandala mosaics which I have incorporated into paved pathways to bring colour and points of added interest.

Making mosaics with friends is a fun way to spend an afternoon.

Out door chair and table - top cat.

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
Albert Einstein, The World As I See It