Photo by Sylvia Tulloch

 

 

For the past nine years Kathleen has been creating pebble mosaics in her studio on Toronto Island. Many of the pebbles used in the mosaics are collected from the local beaches, others are imported from China and Indonesia. She has commissions in private gardens and public places, including Toronto’s Canada Blooms annual flower show and Seneca College, King Campus, Toronto.

For two months in 2018 Kathleen was an artist-in-residence in the International Residency Program at the Olive Stack Gallery in Listowel, Ireland. Working exclusively with pebbles collected on North Kerry beaches she worked with locals to create two mosaics now installed in a public garden.

Over a period of three years, she worked with two other project coordinators, and community members from Toronto Island, to transform an unsightly and garbage-strewn area on Ward’s Island, Toronto. Willow Square is the result of these efforts, a public space featuring a 12′ diameter pebble mosaic, a piazza, trees, shrubs and flowers, and a reconstructed Victorian era wrought iron landing stage. Reviewed in the National Post newspaper and pictured in the Complete Pebble Mosaic Handbook.

In 2009 she completed both the introduction and the advanced courses in pebble mosaics with Maggy Howarth at Cobblestone Designs studio in Lancashire, England. In 2010 Kathleen directed and edited the two-hour instructional video The Precast Technique, produced by Maggy Howarth and filmed in the Cobblestone Designs studio.