Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Bearwood’s got talent: Caroline Jariwala

We’ve featured Bearwood’s Mosaic Maker, Caroline Jariwala, on welovebearwood before so it was mosaic-tastic to see her crafting away on our fellow Bearwood bloggers, We Are Bearwood (check it out right here for everything Bearwood) website too.

"Mosaic has a long history, starting in Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC. Pebble mosaics were made in Tiryns in Mycenean Greece; mosaics with patterns and pictures became widespread in classical times, both in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.

Bearwood mosaic artist Caroline Jariwala and ten young people who helped design and create Birmingham City Council’s owl for the city’s Big Hoot event have received recognition from the High Sheriff for their efforts. Caroline Jariwala was commissioned by Birmingham Children’s Services to create a mosaic Owl for The Big Hoot. A fundraiser for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The Big Hoot is presented by creative producers Wild in Art working in partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The Big Hoot has brought businesses, artists, schools and the local community together to create a public art trail of stunning owl sculptures on display across Birmingham.  The Owls are on public display from July to the end of September 2015.

Her artistic career started in the 1980s when she studied Fine Art. 2014 was a big year for Caroline – started with a trip to the 1st International Urban Mosaic Intervention in Santiago, Chile, which Caroline was especially selected to take part in.  In April she had a major exhibition at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester which was incredibly well received."

There is also something magically about mosaic-making with broken, chipped, discarded, rejected and second-hand crockery.  Using the unwanted and making it desirable; transforming ‘ugly’ into a thing of ‘beauty’.” - Caroline Jariwala

To view more of Caroline’s work go to:

Caroline Jariwala with the mosaic Owl created for The Big Hoot.

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