Approved: 16.08.2006

Joanna Kessel

Approved: 16.08.2006

I design work for public art and health care settings as well as for private individuals and corporate spaces. All work is unique and site-specific. I believe that visually stimulating environments have a huge impact on our general sense of well being and enjoyment of work, recreation and recuperation settings. I have worked with local authorities, architects, landscape architects, engineers, swimming

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
 

Biography

I design work for public art and health care settings as well as for private individuals and corporate spaces. All work is unique and site-specific. I believe that visually stimulating environments have a huge impact on our general sense of well being and enjoyment of work, recreation and recuperation settings. I have worked with local authorities, architects, landscape architects, engineers, swimming pool companies, interior designers, builders and other design professionals as part of successful project design teams. Public art work has focused mainly on regeneration programmes. The work reflecting the immediate environment, encouraging observation of, and investigation into, the locality. This has been achieved through the use of visual motifs referencing, local parks and plants, architectural detail, local communities (motifs found in indigenous design and crafts) and so on. I undertake community engagement and view it as an exciting and integral part of the public commissioning process. I am passionate about working in health care settings as I feel that this is both a meaningful and rewarding area to work within. My family background is medical which has helped shape my interest in and inform my approach towards, the creation of art works that provide pleasant distraction, can be informative and contribute towards the healing process. Private commissions range from swimming pool and spa complexes to water features, threshold paving and interior wall and floor pieces. Client involvement is essential in achieving a successful outcome and often results in a surprisingly informative, fun and rewarding process. Specialism, Interests and Research I specialise in contemporary mosaic work utilising vitreous glass, smalti, unglazed ceramic and marble tesserae. In addition I design work to be fabricated in a other materials, etched paving, lino / floor treatments, metal work and so on. I am interested in combining materials in order to create large scale, visually sumptuous surfaces, through employing colour, texture, shape, mark, line and pattern. I enjoy the juxtaposition of; matt and shiny surfaces; small, hand-cut mosaic tesserae inserted into large scale, intricately computer-cut tiles; earth and spectral colours. I am undertaking a period of research and development, primarily looking at mosaic, tile work and marble and terrazzo flooring, as well as gardens that incorporate structures, sculpture and paving of interest. Initial sites of focus are within Europe. From this will develop a new body of work exploring the potential of the combination of these materials with an enriched design input.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1987 - MA Fine Art, Tapestry, Royal College of Art, London 1985 - BA Hons Design and Crafts, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland Workshops 2010 - Mosaic Courses, Joanna runs specialist mosaic courses throughout the year from her studio. For up to date information contact her via her website, Coburg House Art Studios, Edinburgh and other venues Residencies 1996 - Batley Schools Residency with Public Arts, various schools, Batley, West Yorkshire Private commissions 2005 - Marble Mosaic Paving, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire 2003 - Mosaic Fireplace, Millbank, West Yorkshire 2003 - Tile consultant and designer for pool, spa and gym complex, Bury, Lancashire 2002 - Mosaic water features for patio area, Bury, Lancashire 2000 - Mosaic paving for patio area, Rochdale, Lancashire Public commissions 2005 - Ceramic and mosaic plaque with LIME Health Care Arts, Withington Community Hospital, Manchester 2004 - Mosaic facade for Manchester Methodist Housing Group, UCAN Centre, Bolton 2004 - Mosaic planters, Todmorden in Bloom, Todmorden, Lancashire 2002 - Integrated artwork for SRB programme - RALP award, Highfield SRB, Bradford MDC, Keighley, West Yorkshire 2002 - Mosaic Signage, Hattersley Shopping Centre, Hyde, Manchester 2002 - Tree of Life mosaic, Social Services Department, Preston 2001 - Mosaic Street Signs for Old Trafford Renewal Team, Old Trafford, Manchester 1999 - Mosaic Street Signs for Trafford MBC Arts Unit, Old Trafford, Manchester 1998 - Integrated interior and exterior art work, Ince Clinic and Community Centre, Wigan, Lancashire 1995 - Interior and exterior art works, Park Road School and Educare Centre, Batley, West Yorkshire Projects 2001 - Architecture Week event, Guided tour of street signs, Old Trafford, Manchester Competitions, prizes and awards 2010 - Creative Development Award, Scottish Arts Council, Italy and Edinburgh 2009 - Craft Maker Award: Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh 2007 - Grants for the Arts award, Arts Council England, Shetland 1999 - Silver Gilt award for garden design collaboration, Harrogate Flower Show, Yorkshire 1996 - Working for Cities award for Arts in Urban Regeneration, Batley public art programme, West Yorkshire 1993 - Assistance award, Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh