Five Mosaic Panels by TomatoJack Arts situated in the community garden
TomatoJack Arts makes artwork using mosaic tiles and is run by artists Angela Williams and Lynda Knott. They have been making mosaics since 2011, independently as well as collaborating at their studio in Berkeley in the heart of Gloucestershire.
Their brief was to illustrate the history of Gloucestershire. A tall order but they rose to the challenge!
During their initial visits to the Archives Angela and Lynda were immediately inspired by the vaults full of old maps and photographs. This sowed the seed for a basic design idea based on a representation of an unfolded map.
Their research began and included visits to care homes across the county (gathering photographs and memories from the residents), as well as speaking to members of Gloucestershire Local History Association and Gloucestershire Family History Society about ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘who’ should be included.
Angela and Linda were able to collect a huge amount of information; unique photographs and memories of architecture and buildings as well as records of events and activities from the everyday lives of the people of Gloucestershire.
Deciding the best way to reflect the rich and diverse history of Gloucestershire TomatoJack used the photographs themselves within the mosaic design. The photographs were fired onto durable porcelain tiles and these were then used to make the mosaic image.
Although the majority of the mosaic panels were made over several months at their studio in Berkeley, TomatoJack also worked with the staff and volunteers at Gloucestershire Archives. Young people from the Aston Project also came to Archives and tried their hand at mosaic helping to complete the very first panel.
The resulting site specific artwork is based on a representation of an unfolded map detailing in traditional mosaic ceramic tiles the varied geographical features of the large county: towns and villages, motorways and railways, rivers and canals, woodland and forest, hills and contours.
Each of the five panels features a ‘Focus Point’ of a colourful patchwork of photo tiles representing a snapshot of different aspects of Gloucestershire’s history including; Notable People, Events, Places, Industry and Everyday Life. At a distance a silhouette of an image related to each panel can be seen.
Dr Edward Jenner outlined on the Notable People’s panel. Up close the details of all the individual photographs can be seen.
The River Severn appears on the Places panel and King Henry lll on the Events panel
A castle on the Everyday Life panel and a fulling hammer (used in woollen mills) on the Industry panel
The completed panels in situ in the Heritage Hub community garden
Download the pdf maps and lists for each panel to find out what the image is on each tile: