Angie Parkes was born in Newcastle in 1958 and spent her childhood in Swansea on the shores of Lake Macquarie, making the most of all things aquatic.
Angie has been employed variously as a Trainee ‘Psych’ Nurse, a Life Saver, a Swim Instructor, a Safari Cook and a Residential Care Worker. She gained a degree in Geology and Geography as a mature-aged student.
Angie considers herself to be a ‘Maker’ and has been so all her life. She is a gregarious collector of all things old including buttons (and other haberdasheries) and bric-a-brac, especially old crockery.
Angie has been making mosaics for 10 years and whilst her work lends itself to the ‘useful’, the garden, and the whimsical, the majority of her work features recycled crockery in the ‘pique-assiette’ style. Nothing delights her more than to arrive home to find a much-loved item of crockery left on her doorstep (in pieces): Sad for the original owner but a delight for her!
Angie has been involved in the organisation of the Carrington Fair and was the instigator of the Mad Mosaic Maidens Art & Craft Sale (Carrington) before joining Art Bazaar in 2006. In 2005 she won the inaugural New Lambton Chamber of Commerce Garden Sculpture Competition with a piece titled ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’ which featured a myriad of pre-loved china.
In more recent years she has been involved in community art projects at various schools in Newcastle including ‘Indaloo Garden’ (a toilet block make-over) at Callaghan College Waratah Campus and ‘Muddy Tin Tig’ a larger-than-life, 3 dimensional crab, 4 metres up an old wharf pole at Carrington Public School.
Angie conducts mosaic workshops in her home studio as well as various community locations such as Newcastle Community Art Centre, The Stewart Centre, Tingara (Spastic Centre of NSW), schools and in private homes. She has vast experience with the abled and disabled, adults and children.
Angie regards herself as a ‘mosaic addict’. She is a self-taught artist.
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