Rudolf Nureyev’s Tomb

Rudolf Nureyev's Tomb

Rudolf Nureyev’s Tomb

Ever since I began mosaicing I have wanted to visit Rudolf Nureyev’s Tomb.

I saw a photo of it in a Kaffe Fassett book on Mosaicing and it has been on my wish list ever since.

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Rudolf Nureyev was a Soviet born Ballet dancer and choreographer.

He was born in Russia in 1938 and defected to the West in 1961 at the age of  23.

He died of AIDS in Paris in 1993 and his funeral was held in the foyer of the Paris Garnier Opera House.

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He is buried in the Russian Cemetery in a town on the outskirts of Paris

called St- Genevieve-des-Bois.

It takes about 45 mins to get there by train.

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From Paris catch the RER train on the (yellow) C6 St Martin d’Etampes line to St- Genevieve-des- Bois.

We caught the train from the St- Michel Notre Dame station.

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From St- Genevieve-des-Bois  you catch a 104 bus going to ZI Croix Blanche, stop at Parc Pierre, which is very close to the cemetery. Our bus driver very kindly dropped us off directly at the front.

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It’s a really beautiful little cemetery, very quiet and peaceful and we were virtually the only ones there.

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Nureyev’s grave features a tomb draped in a mosaic of a Kilm oriental carpet.

It was designed by his friend, Ezio Frigerio, who was the set designer for many of Nureyev’s choreography sets.

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The mosaic is predominantly made up of red, gold and blue smalti mosaic tiles.

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If you are in Paris, you are interested and you have the time… it’s well worth the visit.

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I don’t think you’ll be disappointed and it will certainly be an adventure!

Here’s the link to the cemetery map

It’s open between 8am – 7:30 pm in the Summer and between 8am – 5pm in the Winter

8, rue Léo-Lagrange 91700

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Luna Park Mosaics – Out and About


St Kilda

St Kilda


I was out and about in St Kilda lately and wandered along to the iconic Luna Park


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I was delighted to discover the large-scale sculptural mosaic pieces by Pamela Irving entitled  

“Dreaming with Open Eyes”


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Mosaics Luna Park

Mosaics Luna Park


Pamela was commissioned to create the work in 2010 in celebration of Luna Park’s 98th birthday.



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The work is made up of tile and china pieces and consists of both three dimensional and flat figures.

It is approximately 25 square metres.



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Pamela’s mosaic work is located on the Luna Palace Building,

which houses the dodgem cars and arcade games.

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The Strathewen Mosaic Letter Boxes and The Beautiful Memorial Tree

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Strathewen Mosaic Letter Box

The Strathewen Mosaic Letter Box Project was launched in August 2010 and began three months after the Feb 7 2009 fires which decimated the township of Strathewen. Victoria experienced severe fire weather that day which resulted in a firestorm in which 173 people died. Two of the Major fires were experienced in the Kinglake region and in the Marysville region. Strathewen is near the Kinglake National Park, on Feb 7 2009 23 residents died (from a population of 200) and 80 houses were destroyed.

Marion Oakley, a mosaic artist from Strathewen, provided a space for the people of Strathewen to come together, grieve, talk and construct new mosaic letterboxes. It was important to her that they put some colour back into the blackened landscape. Over time others joined the project from outside the community to also help make mosaic letterboxes and contribute in  rebuilding the Strathewen community.

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Strathewen is an apple and pear producing area which also hosts some small wineries.  It’s not really the kind of place you would pass through to get anywhere and the people who lived there liked that about the place.


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The typical letterboxes in the area looked not unlike these ones that I photographed on my way into Strathewen.

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I inadvertently disturbed this fella when I stopped to photograph the letterboxes!

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Having seen the Mosaic Letterboxes when they were on display after the completion of the project. I was interested to visit Strathewen and see the letterboxes around the community.

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Strathewen is still in the process of rebuilding, even though it has been over five years since the fires.

I found these three beauties outside the newly rebuilt Strathewen Primary School

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This one was perched up higher on the hill

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The devastation of the fires is still apparent in the landscape

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And it felt very appropriate to be paying my respects to this area on Anzac Day.

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The Peter Avoca Memorial Pavillion at the Strathewen Recreational Reserve was also the site chose for the

Blacksmiths Tree.

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The Blacksmiths Tree is an extraordinary piece of community art which was developed as a gift to all of the communities who were impacted by the Feb 7 2009 fires.

The Blacksmiths Tree was erected on February 14, 2014 and was five years in the making. Hundreds of blacksmiths from across 20 countries around the world forged leaves for the tree.


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The Blacksmiths Tree is 10 metres high and is made from stainless steal and copper. It looks like a dead, fire affected gum tree and it is very beautiful. It fits perfectly into the landscape which surrounds it.

There is also a memorial park to commemorate the 23 lives lost in Strathewen on Feb 7 2009.

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Lest We Forget.



How to Add a Unique Belt Buckle to Your Look

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Belt Buckles are a great way to add some personality to your outfit.

Just as jewellery or a scarf can add a finishing touch to an outfit so too can an interesting Belt Buckle.

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 9.16.05 amElle Macpherson knows how to rock her street style with a belt buckle.

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And the same belt buckle can look different on different outfits.

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Now I know we don’t all have the same body type as Elle Macpherson but an interesting buckle can add interest to your outfit in a variety of ways. The key is to position your belt buckle so that it is most flattering to your figure.

A belt can be worn low on the hips if you are short waisted, this gives the effect of a longer torso.

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If you have an hourglass figure then you should wear your belt at the narrowest part of your waist. belt buckle

You could also try putting a belt buckle over a jumper, jacket or coat

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If you have a longer Torso you should position your belt buckle so that it sits higher up on your waist and go for a monochromatic look to match what you are wearing (black on black etc.) This will also help to elongate your legs.

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If you are petite the Monochromatic look will work for you as well

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Whatever your shape you CAN wear a belt buckle.

You just need to know where to position it on your figure to show if off the best.

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And don’t think you can’t wear one if you are curvy.

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            It actually helps to emphasise your amazing curves.

                    You don’t have to be a cowgirl either (though Sofia Vergara does looks pretty amazing)

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A unique buckle can add street cred to your style.

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or your man’s..

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Don’t be afraid to experiment and see how a belt buckle could work for you.

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Here are a few I prepared earlier…

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My unique, handmade Australian mosaic belt buckles

are available via my website at


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A little about Broken Plate Mosaic Belt Buckles

I am an Australian artist who is passionate about mosaics. I make Unique Handmade Mosaic Belt buckles and other mosaic jewellery using Antique Bone China. I love mosaics and also enjoy travelling to places to see interesting mosaics which have been made by other artists.

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Mosaic Belt Buckle

If you are interested in a unique, handmade, mosaic belt buckle then check out my online store for all of my latest pieces.

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Mosaic Belt Buckle

You can also visit for more information

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Or  ‘like’ me on facebook – Broken Plate Mosaics.

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My Unique, One of a Kind, Handmade, Mosaic Belt Buckles


So.. apart from remaking my mosaic table (see earlier post)

visiting mosaics around the place

Mosaic Steps in Rio, Brazil

Mosaic Steps in Rio, Brazil

and enjoying photographing other peoples mosaics.

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I also make mosaic belt buckles out of Antique Bone China plates.

Antique Plate but soon to become a Mosaic  Belt Buckle

Antique Plate but soon to become a Mosaic Belt Buckle

I hunt around in Antique markets and usually find a plate which has lost its cup and is looking for a new home and a new life.  It’s like a ‘make over’ for Antique China Plates

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Mosaic Belt Buckle Romanesque 299

So many old plates have been sitting in the back of a cupboard collecting dust so I turn them into a little piece of wearable art.

Old Country Roses Plate

Old Country Roses Plate

The ‘Old Country Roses’ plate is one of my favourites. I actually have a set at home.. but it does make the most wonderful Mosaic Belt Buckle!

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This is it’s cousin ‘Moonlight Roses’

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Moonlight Roses

It makes a great buckle too.

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Mosaic Belt Buckle Statuesque 178

The advantage with using the Bone China to make my Mosaic Belt Buckles is that it has such a beautiful lustre. Quality China makes quality pieces. It’s as simple as that.

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Mosaic Belt Buckle

When we were living in Canada I found an Antique Store which had heaps of plates from the Estate of an Old Lady who had covered her walls in them. Friends would bring her plates to hang if they had broken the cup. They said if you’d stacked them on top of each other they would’ve been as tall as the Calgary Tower, which is 191 metres (626 feet) tall! That’s a lot of plates! For me it was like walking into Disneyland…

Art Deco Plate soon to become a Mosaic Belt Buckle

Art Deco Plate soon to become a Mosaic Belt Buckle

There were some funky Art Deco plates which made some amazing Mosaic Belt Buckles.

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Mosaic Belt Buckle Romanesque 300

I might make one or two buckles from a plate depending where the pattern is on the plate and how useable it is. Interestingly the most beautiful plate doesn’t always make the most beautiful buckle and conversely a ‘less beautiful’ plate can make an amazing buckle.

These buckles were all made from the same plate.

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Mosaic Belt Buckle Romanesque 164. This one is Sold.

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Mosaic Belt Buckle Arabesque 169

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Mosaic Belt Buckle Statuesque 131. This one is Sold.

I just used different parts of the plate to create three completely different mosaic belt buckles.

I love making my One-of-a-kind mosaic belt buckles. I also really enjoy the relationship I have with the people who buy my mosaic belt buckles. They often come back to visit, wearing their buckle and tell me the places they have been to with their buckle.

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Mosaic Belt Buckle Statuesque 166

I get to create my buckles and then send them out into the world. They have been bought and sent to Canada, the U.S, England and Australia so far.

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Mosaic Belt Buckle Arabesque 271

There are four types of mosaic belt buckles..

Burlesque .. is big and bold

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Mosaic Belt Buckle Burlesque 41

Arabesque .. is smaller and more refined

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Mosaic Belt Buckle Arabesque 336

Statuesque … has a squarer edge and is often fairly contemporary

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Mosaic Belt Buckle Statuesque 140

and Romanesque .. is my favourite. She is modern and not afraid to be noticed.

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Mosaic Belt Buckle Romanesque 265

If you have one of my buckles. Let me know. I’d love to know where it’s been.

If you are interested in buying one of my mosaic belt buckles they are available at or check out my website at

Escadaria Selaron


Having missed the amazing mosaic steps when I was in San Francisco… I was not planning on making the same mistake on my recent trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Escadaria Selaron (Steps Selaron) are the work of a Chilean born artist, Jorge Selaron, who, in 1990, began renovating the dilapidated steps that ran along the front of his house. He initially used pieces of blue, green and yellow tiles because these are the colours of the Brazilian flag..





Initially he used whatever materials he could find from construction sites and piles of urban waste from the streets of Rio – tiles, mirror etc.. Gradually he began to add his own original pieces (depicting a pregnant  African woman) and the colour red because, he claimed, “there are certain colours, particularly red, that bring joy wherever they are.”




People began to hear about his steps and to bring tiles for him to use from different parts of the world…





Slowly the steps transformed into a whimsical mosaic cascade. No sooner was one section finished that he would begin work on another section, constantly changing it so that it was an ever evolving piece of art.




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There are 250 steps and they are now covered by over 2000 tiles from over 60 countries around the world. The steps have now been featured in a number of ads, magazines and video clips (Snoop Dog and U2). Sadly Selaron was found dead on the steps earlier this year. It’s unknown as to whether he was murdered or if it was suicide. His tribute to the Brazilian people lives on, however, and he will not be forgotten.



Completion of the Table


Ok, so I’ve been really slack!! I left you all hanging in the lurch re the completion of the table! Sorry about that. I DID finish it, despite Melbourne’s Autumn being hotter than Hades (he was the Ancient Greek God of the Under world – did you know that?). Of course, by the time it had cooled down enough to grout it, it was too late in the season to sit around and use it, so it has been marinating in the Winter rains and will be ready to go come Spring!

Here’s a close up so you can see that I really did grout it.


Here it is sitting out amongst the Autumn leaves…


You will be happy to know that we had a lovely afternoon tea to celebrate the completion of the table..


There were raspberry and white chocolate muffins and cups of tea.. I don’t break up ALL of my beautiful china.



There were also still roses flowering in the garden..


(The painting is by a dear friend from Canada – check out her artist page Kari Lehr Art).

So the table was finished and celebrated but

I still haven’t grouted the other pot.


Looks like that will be this coming Summer’s job ( I might even do it in the Spring). I’ll let you know…

In the meantime I’ve been back at it making buckles and necklaces and earings etc.. for the markets..


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If you are interested I’ve put the buckles onto the Big Cartel store –

Scones, Gardens and Art – A Magical Day

Apart from Champagne and Music, my other passions include Mosaics, Gardens, Art, Antique Bone China and Devonshire Teas.
On a recent Sunday I managed to indulge in a number of these passions…

My lovely neighbour and my clever, arty, gardening friend and I first set off to visit Banool, which was on display, for the first time, as a part of the open garden scheme. ‘Banool’ is a Paul Bangay designed garden filled with lovely old trees and interesting sculptural pieces


‘Banool’ has a lovely, old, stone house, which was built in 1936. The property was bought, by the current owners, in 2004 and the house and gardens have been extensively renovated.



There are many interesting copper sculptural pieces including a number of handmade copper swings, which looked amazing as architectural pieces.

The day began with rain but ended up being quite pleasant, though the seats were a little wet for our Devonshire tea tasting by the pool.

My trusty neighbour appears to be enjoying the scones! She didn’t continue on with us to the next garden/artist studio. Perhaps she went back for more scones…

We continued on to visit Nerina Lascelles. , one of the amazing artists who had her studio open as part of the Nillumbik Artist Open Studios
Nerina has been exhibiting in Australia and overseas for over 20 years. Her work is quite layered and seems to have a Japanese influence. I find it very beautiful.

The house was an incredible backdrop for Nerina’s exquisite paintings.





Our next stop was Shaaron Smith’s Mosaics Studio




This was the original purpose of our trip and we found Shaaron warm and friendly and her garden a riot of mosaics and roses.





Shaaron also runs classes in mosaics so if you are interested make sure you contact her. Click on the link above for her details.

Whilst we were admiring Shaaron’s mosaics, we met a couple who suggested another studio they thought we should visit. So we jumped back into our cars and bounced our way along a long and winding road and dusty tracks to find the oasis of Kay Steventon

Kay has a studio with her pantings but it was her ceramic pieces which I fell in love with…



Her garden was beautiful too and we were encouraged to have a wander through..



And so it was with a heart filled with gardens and art and mosaics and scones and adventure and beauty that we headed home. A Perfect day really.

Mosaics and Open Studios


If you live in Victoria and you are interested in mosaics, or other forms of art, you might be interested in the Nillumbik Open Studios.
It will be running over two weekends in November – 17th and 18th, and again the following weekend -24th and 25th November from 11am – 5pm.

There are 38 artists and 25 studios open with a range of disciplines including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and photography. (I’m quoting directly from the website now).

An artist whom I am looking forward to visiting in her studio is Shaaron Smith. She looks like having some really interesting mosaic work.



The Nillumbik area was deeply affected by the Feb 7 Bushfires in 2009. If you are in the area you might also like to check out the mosaic seat outside the St Andrew’s hall. It was made by a group of women, many of whom lost their homes during the fires. The seat was made to tell the story of Feb 7 and beyond and to commemorate the event.



Another display of mosaics in the area, which you might like to have a look at, is the Strathewen letter box project. This was another initiative, after the fires, which was started by a local artist, who didn’t lose her house, and who wanted to support her community and all those who had lost so much. The town of Strathewen was substantially destroyed during the fires but these mosaic letter boxes bring a spark of hope back to the town.


So if you have a day free there is much to explore. That’s the plan for my day at least. I’ll post some photos if you can’t make it.

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