Random Acts of Gentle Anarchy

A few weeks ago, UK craftivist and rebel ceramicist Carrie Reichardt came to Melbourne as the keynote speaker for a┬ámosaicking conference. She found time to run a couple of workshops, one of which I had the honour of attending. When I arrived, to my joy I realised I’d come on the same night as the awesome Rayna Fahey.

Over the course of four hours, we learned the process of mosaicking, drank cups of tea and chatted with Carrie. We managed to finish ours in time, and Carrie offered to help us install them over the next couple of days.

I met up with Carrie and Rayna in Melbourne a few days later to install my mosaic and take Carrie to Hosier Lane where she also installed some of her own works.

I was thrilled to learn from such an amazing woman and it was awesome to install such a permanent work in the streets! For an artist who works only last minutes on the streets, something so permanent was something of a mind-bender! Carrie suggested that once installed, the only way it can be removed is by chipping the building on which it’s attached! Interestingly enough, someone did paint over Rayna’s work, but as the letter tiles are thinner than the surrounding tiles, the words are still clear enough to read.