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Wild Tiles and Wicked Mosaics Workshop

November 26, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Creating mozaics, tiles and works of art using recycled ceramics and low toxic ferro-cement.

About the workshop

Bring out your cracked ornaments, mirrors, tiles, crockery or toys bits and bring them along to this workshop. Together we will turn them into beautiful and useful works  of art  – creating your personality masterpiece. Make a sign for your garden, stepping stones, a garden sculpture, a sundial, bird-bath or other useful things for your home and garden.  We supply ideas, experience and cement. You bring the tiles and bits and make it happen.  This art form is not only good for you but good for the planet reducing landfill and up-cycling. It is creative, useful and good fun.

This is a very hands-on practical workshop.  As a group project, you will be constructing a shallow pond for wildlife and poultry. You will leave the day with not only your own project but also with the skills, confidence and inspiration to make many more at home.
Throughout the workshop you will:

  • Achieve a small-project successfully and apply modular thinking.
  • discuss productive and fun design options (covering risks of trip  hazards, water management and how to build a simple spirit-level)
  • use recycled broken pottery/ornaments and give them new purpose.
  • learn to mix cement that is water-proof without the use of any glues or plastic    additives
  • use home-made, natural resources and up-cycled tools
  • work safely, resourcefully and efficiently
  • learn the value of keyhole gardening and stepping stones
  • discuss the importance of water ponds to provide water for birds and reptiles and small mammals.
  • address hazards of ponds and pools – making them child-safe yet mosquito-deadly.
  • Go home energised and inspired.

Together we will plan and create a pond for poultry and wildlife in ferrocement. Then you will make your own stepping-stone, sign or plaque.

About the trainer

April Sampson KellyApril Sampson-Kelly is the co-founder and Managing Director of Permaculture Visions, a world-wide non-government , self-funded and self directed permaculture teaching project. In 2015 she was awarded the honour of being a Permaculture Elder (APC12 Tasmania).

April is passionate about collecting and sharing permaculture information and experiences with people of all backgrounds to demonstrate how isolated people and marginalized land can be become abundant producers.

She has a lively history of educating and entertaining people with a strong academic background in Science, Analysis and the Arts [Ass. Dip in Performing Arts (APCA), Bachelor and Masters in Creative Arts; and Post-grad Dip in Biomedical Science].
April grew up in a very energetic, artistic, crafty, musical and political family. Her childhood was spent close to nature in a lush garden and the bush.  She has continued this lifestyle by developing the biggest permaculture food forest in her region. Performing, drawing and photographing impulsively, she values the arts to “keep her happy and able to tackle dark realities of human greed and climate change”. Her work in the arts has enabled her to explore a wide range of teaching strategies. “A picture tells a thousand words, yes, and a schematic tells a thousand more…the arts can empassion people and invite them to engage in confronting political issues.”

April’s permaculture illustrations have been used internationally and her images consistently rank in the top 10 online.

April and her partner, Paul Kelly, and visiting adult sons, live in their large mature permaculture system in a rain-forest valley close to Wollongong, a small coastal city in NSW Australia.


November 26, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Bandusia Country Retreat
1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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(02) 4568 2036


cracked ornaments, mirrors, tiles, crockery or toys bits.
lunch, morning and afternoon tea