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I can’t remember a time that I didn’t want to be an artist. As a pre-schooler I was always to be found up in my room quietly drawing and colouring, before quickly progressing onto my first mural aged 9. On pulling back the clothes hanging in my bedroom cupboard, my mum was met face to face by a giant 3ft Garfield the cat painted on my wall!!

Audrey Montet Montet Designs Owner Mosaic Artist

about Audrey...

My teenage years...

Audrey Montet owner Montet Designs mural painting

were spent hanging out in the school art department (regardless of what class I was supposed to be in!) and it was there that Mr Alston, my wonderful art teacher directed and nurtured my love of art. Studying Art & Design and then Illustration, was a great foundation to my art career and helped me refine my skills as an artist. But as a naïve graduate, passionately producing illustrations and trying to make it in the freelance world -  I soon realised it was going to be more difficult that I thought!

But freelancing for a few years whilst volunteering in the community, opened many new doors and ideas of what I could do with my visual arts. I went on to complete a degree in Community Arts and continued to work with community groups. This is where my love of creating art in the community became well and truly set. My passion for mural painting was formed following the completion of two large scale mural commissions in Scotland. Then with London calling, I completed my next 30 metre indoor mural at a special needs adventure playground in Hackney. In 2007 I was introduced to the medium of mosaic and I just completely fell in love with it!

My passion and drive to involve people in visual art is something that has long been part of my make-up.  I just love bold colours and large-scale art work and it's a fantastic way to include many people from our communities in creative public art that is so beneficial for them and where they live.

In 2020 during our first lockdown when all community work stopped I opened my mosaic kit shop. The shop grew quickly and me and my little team now ship kits all over the world!  It's busy and fun and together we continue designing and creating new kits to add to the shop and keep you all busy mosaic making! I hope you like what you see? 

Audrey xx

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