Francessca O'Donnell, Out There Design and Mosaic


After completing a BA in Design at Sydney College of the Arts, I have had the pleasure of dabbling in a range of mediums from painting, sculpture and etching to jewellery and pottery. 

My passion for mosaic was sparked after a trip to Italy and many workshops and creations later, I opened Out There Design and Mosaic in 2006. My paintings and mosaics have sold across Australia and overseas and have appeared in The Australian Artist Magazine and Mosaico, the Italian Mosaic Magazine. 

I have also worked with Sydney based interior design company ‘Koedam Design’, to create mosaic artworks for some of her clients. I hold the position of NSW Rep for MAANZ, the Mosaic association of Australia and New Zealand and regularly write articles for their eMag. 

My Mosaic installations can be found locally at Long Point Vineyard, Bago Vineyard, St Joseph’s Primary School, St Peters Primary School, Livvy’s Children’s Playground and Laurieton Children Playground. I had the pleasure of creating four characters for The Hello koala Trail, three at the Glass house and one at The Observatory. A delightful spin off from this, was a children’s book I was asked to write and illustrate about ‘Lola, the Ballerina koala’, which we hope to launch for the Festival later in the year. 

Over the last five years between teaching mosaic classes and workshops and completing commissions I have also designed costumes for five new ballets for the Milwaukee Ballet Company in the US. ( My son Timothy is the resident choreographer and Leading Artist) 

My most recent highlights have been successful application for the Heritage River Walk Project, with a painting titled ‘Reaching Hands’. This will be one of two artworks, digitalised and enlarged for the Wauchope weather Station. Further afield I have also been working with the Lockhart Shire Council in the Riverina, to plan a series of mosaic artworks to be installed in a new art park planned for the town. 

To date there have been a series of community workshops and council consultation and a successful Arts grant to work with Owen Lyons indigenous Artist to create an Artwork I designed for Riverina Water that includes community workshops for Owen to bring indigenous painting and myself to bring the art of mosaic to enthusiasts in both Wagga Wagga and Lockhart.

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