Yarralea Children's Centre is an important part of the Alphington community.
The Centre is turning 60 this year and I have been commissioned to make a mosaic work involving the children and the parent community. Families have donated pre-loved crockery, tiles and other ceramics and this material will be used in the work. We will be depicting nature scenes of the Darebin Creek and surrounds where the children have their bush kinder sessions. The approach used in creating the work respects the Centre's strong emphasis on nature and integrating it into the lives of children as they play and learn. We aim to be as sustainable as possible with this work and the vast majority of materials will be either upcycled crockery or remnant tiles and ceramics donated from tile stores or renovations. We will also acknowledge the fact that indigenous culture and respect is integral to the philosophy of the Centre.
It is a great thrill to be doing this project, as I love working with children and always marvel at the enthusiastic way they work in mosaic. I also enjoy working with communities in a sustainable way. A celebration to unveil the work will be held in late November.
My Facebook page will have updates as we go along including some of the items the children are making for the mosaic.
Yarralea is a not-for-profit, stand alone community Children's Centre. Find out more.
Mosaics in Macleod
Around 20 people came along to a workshop in Macleod on 6 October 2018 to participate in a community mosaic making project. We had very young children, teens and adults and explore mosaic making using upcycled materials.
People made original works with broken plates, bowls, cups and tiles, glass and beads.
Some participants contributed to a large mosaic that was displayed in Macleod Park until late October 2018.
This event made possible with a grant from Banyule City Council, Pinpoint Art in Public Spaces program.