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Making the map

We are extremely gratefull to our sponsors without whom the Moseley Village Map could not have been made.

Limoges trust

Birmingham Common Good Trust

Moseley Round Table (Moseley 316)



Concept design, planning and frame: Brendan Patchell

Artist, ceramic tiles: Samantha McEwan

Instigating chair: Jan Miller

Completion chair: Carol Miller



Moseley in Bloom (MIB) is part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHA) national competition to improve the environment by planting initiatives. Moseley, Birmingham has achieved “Gold” for five years, been Heart of England regional winners and have come second nationally at the annual awards. .

Three seemingly unconnected events happened in the autumn of 2009:

The Royal Horticultural Society judges mentioned that visitors to Moseley would be unaware of some of the less obvious attractions such as Moseley bog.

In organising the Front gardens awards we realised that we were unsure of the boundaries of Moseley and had to draw our own map.

We asked Sam McEwan (a local artist trading as Krankpod) to create one new award to match the existing ones and then were most impressed when she insisted on creating a whole new beautiful set.

To avoid diplomatic problems it was decided to use artistic licence and smooth the map into a symbolic map. This then resembled an Oak tree, especially with the Alcester Road as the trunk.

The next thought was that Sam’s ceramic tile artwork would make perfect grid squares. The roads diminish from the Alcester Road’s trunk to major roads branches and then finally minor roads forming twigs. This creates a map but in a highly stylised artistic way.

Early concept

A “proper” map with Moseley overlayed with an Oak tree.


Acetates drawn and arranged

The Moseley Hall ceramic tile before colouring and glazing.













Moseley Hall glazed tile













The tiles glazed but not yet with text

A “Revit” (Building Information Model) three dimensional representation of the map in its setting.



Planning Permission (Photo Montage)




The Oak frame pre assembly










Ceramic tiles loose laid before fixing to backsheet











Final cleaning










The finished map










Artists, Crafts and Materials


Samantha McEwan:  Krankpod

Ceramic workshops

Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham: Custard Factory

The Old Print Works: OPW 


Johnsons Timber Supplies, 591-603 Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2EX:  email





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