Carrie Reichardt’s Mosaic House Gets Some Final Touches

I’m sitting on the 3rd story of a scaffold hugging a house in the leafy suburbs of West London.  I am at the Treatment Rooms, it’s a rather colourful looking building. It’s also the home of mosaic artist Carrie Reichardt. All around me mosaic artists from around the world are busy at work. Cutting and attaching fragments of multi-coloured tile to the outside. Other houses on the street have pebble dash, but not this one. Carrie Reichardt’s house is an artwork in its own right.

We’ve covered the work of Carrie before. Most recently in 2015 when her mosaic covered taxi travelled around the country raising awareness of the plight of Kenny ‘Zulu’ Whitmore.  Carrie calls herself a craftivist. Using her art to talk about issues such as the American penal system. The result being that she often brings it front and centre into peoples consciousness.

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Carrie Reichardt outside the front of the house

Completing the Mosaic House

That project was ambitious but this is even more so. The end result will be the front and back of the house being completely covered in intricate mosaic.  Already somewhat of an artistic landmark for the area. The works happening over the past week are designed to finish off the project. Something that has been a labour of love for Carrie over the years.

But, back to me and I’m sitting on the 3rd story cutting my first tile. It’s an eye which will eventually be erected alongside another eye to make the shape of a butterfly.  I’m learning by doing that the life of a mosaic artist is a pretty tough one. Although I am fortunate in that I’ve stumbled upon a few renowned mosaic artists to show me the ropes. Melanie Watts and Stephanie Roberts.  Just a couple of go’s with the tile cutters and I’m already bemoaning the fact that I can feel the strain on the back of my hand.  The wider assemblage of mosaic experts nod in understanding, they are well used to this side effect of their trade.

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Isidora Paz Lopez from Chile

From Chile to Chiswick

Foremost amongst the assembled international talent contributing to the mosaic is Isidora Paz Lopez. From Chile via Germany she is one of South America’s best mosaic artists. Flying over especially to spend a week putting her mark on the building.  It’s like an exchange trip. Many of the contributing artists worked previously with Isidora on a mass project in Chile three years ago.  Her scarab beetle, symbolising rebirth and renewal, will eventually shimmer in the centre of the building.

It was the impending visit of Isidora that prompted Carrie to put a call out for others who might be interested in joining her and the result was a deluge of interest from around the World and the UK.   The opportunity of bringing some of the World’s best together being too good to turn down for many.

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Nevanka Pavic on the 3rd story of the scaffolding

Collaborations from across the World

Joining her, the likes of Phillipe Vignal from France whose ‘spacebugs’ have become a common sight in the East End, Se Van Weert from the Netherlands and Nevanka Pavic from Chile via Barcelona.  Local artists such as my soon to be teachers Stephanie Roberts from Wales and Melanie Watts from Milton Keynes were joined with Tamara Froud from Catford and Joanna Dudzinska from Ealing amongst others who also descended upon the West London suburb to contribute to the ever growing mass collaboration.  Other artists, unable to make the journey, are sending works ready made to go up on the walls, Carrie has requested that these be in the form of pre-made ‘flying eyeballs’

Of course these were just a few of the artists contributing.  Closer to home friends of this blog, the likes of Karen Francesca, ATM Street Art, Sian Wonnish and Philly K Bhambi aka Weardoe are regular collaborators with Reichardt most notably on the Zulu Freedom Taxi mentioned earlier in the post.

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Tamara Froud’s cheeky cheshire cat

Taking Shape

It’s tough to see just how the assembled mosaic is taking shape.  Look from across the road and there is a hive of activity.  On the ground floor outside the house, mosaic is being assembled on mesh ready to be placed onto the wall.  These are the most intricate elements and they require precision.  The rest of the activity is taking place on the two landings of the scaffolding with artists working both alone on their sections but then collaboratively in order to ensure that they join up and merge with each other.

On the landings Isidora is working her huge scarab whilst Phillipe Vignal installs yet more of his spacebugs.  Elsewhere a grinning cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland has been put together by Tamara Froud whilst ATM tries to install a skull which is actually a commemorative piece to political prisoner Herman Wallace and Stephanie Roberts is creating what looks to be a fairy with 3D bee like wings

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Spacebugs from Phillipe Vignal crawl down the side and front of the house

A Landmark in West London

The work is constant with breaks for food and cups of tea being minimal.  Even the call for the impressive buffet is met with acknowledgement but no rush to the kitchen.  These are artists in the zone and they are staying there. I feel somewhat bad on account of the fact that  I’ve just arrived and I’m already being ushered in immediately following the call for dinner to feast on a freshly cooked chicken banquet.

Already a landmark in itself in West London, I ask Carrie what the neighbours think about it and she comments that although there may have been concerns at the beginning, the house is now a unique part of the street and of the area although she thinks they’d be pleased to see the back of the scaffolding which has been there a bit longer than intended.

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The English Hedonists blue plaque

The Treatment Rooms

Where other houses have tiles and pebble dash this one has mosaic of which each part tells a story and there is probably another whole other book on decoding the messages contained on and within these walls.  There’s even a blue plaque, albeit courtesy of the ‘English Hedonists’, another of the Reichardt brands, which says:

‘The Treatment Rooms 2002 – Now’ –  Lot’s of people lived here and partied hard’

Well, yes they certainly did and to be honest they probably still do in this unique little house in middle of leafy suburban London

The house in Chiswick, West London can be found on Fairlawn Grove a short walk from South Acton overground station.  It was visited on 18 March 2017 with all photographs and interviews taking place on the same day.

Carrie Reichardt talks to Inspiring City about the work going on at her house

Isidora Paz Lopez, Karen Wilder, Nevanka Pavic, Stephanie Roberts, Tamara Froud and ATM talk about their work on the house

The Treatment Rooms Gallery

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ATM Street Art
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Nevanka Pavic from Chile via Barcelona
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Se Van Weert from the Netherlands
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Tamara Froud from Catford working on the ‘I’m an artist, your rules do not apply’ strapline
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Stephanie Roberts from Wales with Nevanka working in the background
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Kim Porelli with Melanie Watts next to the Treatment Rooms blue plaques
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Karen Francesca
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Artists working on the ground floor
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Sian Wonnish working on some cloud scenes
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A tribute to Carrie’s late mother
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One of Phillipe Vignal’s ‘Spacebugs’
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Flying eyeballs, many of which are arriving form around the World
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The top part of Isidora Lopez’s scarrab
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A tribute to Herman Wallace who died only 2 days after being released from prison in the United States after a 44 year incarceration
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Cement mixing
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Isidora at work
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Artists fixing tiles
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The back of the house is already completed
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“I am an artist, your rules do not apply’
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Mad In England cup on the top of a tiled truck
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Adding to some of the cloud scenes soon to find itself up on the wall
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Working into the night
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Mosaic Octupus on the back of the house
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Mermaid on the back of the house
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Assembling clouds
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Some of the images contained within the tile designs
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Inspiring City cutting tiles
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Carrie Reichardt outside her house

For other posts featuring artists of the Treatment Rooms collective have a look at:

Treatment Rooms Artists turn London black cab into travelling mosaic to raise awareness of the plight of Kenny ‘Zulu’ Whitmore

Street artists combine to paint murals of endangered animals in Tower Hamlets

Interview with Street Artist ATM talking Birds, Acton and a Show at the Ben Oakley Gallery

Femme Fierce 2015 packs the Leake Street Tunnel as Female street artists paint it brilliant blue


  1. Is very beautiful a big Job ,I am proud that my daughter is working whit you
    best regards

    Zvonimir Pavic

  2. I went to see the house on the 8th April 2017 and met Carrie there who was a delight to chat with. A wonderful artist who showed much kindness in inviting me into her house and giving me a tile of my choice. Very much an open house with other artists coming and going!!! Carrie directed me to her studio where the mosaic covered taxi is parked and recommended the Swan pub nearby for a nice beer! The back of her house looks great and a bonus is seeing some Stik artwork looking out at the amazing mosaics, some with quite moving in words. When the scaffold is taken away at the front of the house and the mosaics all finished it will be quite stunning indeed.. A charming warm lady of real character who really left her mark on me…

    1. Ah brilliant I’m so glad you managed to get down Mitch, Carrie is lovely as where everyone involved in this project. I really can’t wait to see the scaffolding come down it will be spectacular

  3. I’m sure it will be very spectacular indeed Stuart….. Also coming up is a big hit of street art around Stik’s Big Mother before the Charles Hocking House is demolished!!!

  4. Looks like it has one last summer to survive!! Carrie was telling me that Thierry Noir would be staying at her house next week and she expects a lot of street artists coming down to paint the area over the summer!!!…. South Acton could be this years hot spot for street art maybe just maybe….

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