We are extremely gratefull to our sponsors without whom the Moseley Village Map could not have been made.
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.
A “proper” map with Moseley overlayed with an Oak tree.
The tiles glazed but not yet with text
Artists, Crafts and Materials
Samantha McEwan: Krankpod
Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham: Custard Factory
The Old Print Works: OPW
Johnsons Timber Supplies, 591-603 Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2EX: email