Smashing Chintz mosaics are made by Janine Nelson in her south east London studio. Janine studied painting and textiles and has a love of embroidery and pattern. She creates mosaics depicting animals and more recently trees, inspired by the countryside, her allotment, London's wildlife, the British love of pets, and her camping holidays in France and Britain.
She uses mainly flower patterned crockery - old, damaged cups and plates - and also uses geometric patterns from damaged vintage china. She carefully selects and cuts the china with a hand tool then reassembles the pieces to form the image on a pre-designed laser cut wood base. She prefers working within a defined shape rather than a square or rectangle format. Her mosaics are intricate and small in scale. Once grouted Janine either frames the mosaic for wall display or will make the mosaic wearable turning it into a brooch.
Janine traces the origin of Smashing Chintz back to childhood. Playing in the back garden with childhood pets (cat, rabbit and chickens) she discovered fragments of broken patterned china in the ground. Janine is mainly self taught and has worked with mosaic since the 1990's exhibiting at Art Fairs and Chelsea Flower Show.
She set up Smashing Chintz in 2006 with the aim of working on a small scale and with old, vintage and patterned china after inheriting two mosaic pots made by her great, great grandmother made using small pieces of patterned china.
Janine sells her work online through Not on the High Street as well as in a selection of shops. She also takes part in Open Studios and some selling events.
Janine runs mosaic workshops from her studio in Lewisham and also at other venues and events.