Helen Miles creates site specific mosaics from the design to the installation stage using natural stone, unglazed ceramic and vitreous glass tiles.
The process of choosing and commissioning mosaics starts with the space that it will inhabit and the mood you want to create. You might want to commission a piece to fit a particular space, to order a replica of an ancient mosaic, or you could be looking for a mosaic to mark a significant occasion. The possibilities are endless and Helen is here to guide you through the process, to give you ideas or to help develop your suggestions into effective designs.
The mosaic making method is adapted to suit the site and purpose of each piece and can be made either directly onto movable marine ply panels, onto mesh or in reverse on paper. The paper method is suitable for larger mosaics, particularly floors, and means the work can be cut into segments for easy transport before being embedded into a permanent cement mortar base. All mosaics are made in my Edinburgh studio and you welcome to arrange a visit to discuss the process and see how it is done before you decide to commission a piece.
Each mosaic takes many hours to make – the stones or tiles are individually cut to size and then put in place one by one, often using tweezers. The material used in each piece varies according to the design but all of the mosaics are suitable for indoor use and can be adapted for an outdoor position.
The process of commissioning mosaics starts with a free consultation by email or phone (or in person if you are local) to discuss possible designs. If you decide to proceed, Helen charges a design fee for up to three designs based on your requirements. This fee is part of the overall cost if the commission goes ahead, otherwise it is nonrefundable. The cost of a mosaic depends on the materials, scale and intricacy of the design.
Helen’s work is often inspired by ancient Roman themes but each mosaic is an original design created in close collaboration with the client to suit their particular requirements. Mosaics’ classic, enduring quality makes them ideal for commemorative panels, wedding presents or other significant occasions and can add a flash of interest and delight to architectural indents or floor surfaces.
Prices are available on request.