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Lauren Baker Mosaic Exhibition at Star of Kings

The new queen of mosaics showcases her stunning embellished skulls at this one night only event.

Thu 10th May 2012, 06:30pm – 09:30pm

Star of Kings -126 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 0AX

Written by Amelia Gregory

Category: Art

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In a very short space of time artist and mosaic queen Lauren Baker has built herself quite a reputation. And on Thursday 10th May she is inviting fans to a very special private view where she will be showcasing her latest skulls, encrusted with intricate embellishments. Most enticing will be the unveiling of a 22ct gold plated horse skull embellished with studs and Swarovski crystals.

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Lauren first became enamoured of mosaicing after participating in the Global Street Art Project in March 2011 and went on to complete an intensive master’s course in Mosaico at Orsoni, Venice in July 2011. Since then her profile has skyrocketed, with commissions as diverse as a sign for the VIP area at Lovebox and a collaboration with luxury shoe designer Joanne Stoker. She even created a catwalk piece for Velvet Johnstone - a mosaic cape embellished with crystal, stingray fish leather and pearls. Between art commissions, Lauren is currently working towards a diploma in Wall and Floor Tiling.

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Explaining her work process Lauren Baker says: 'People are intrinsically drawn to skulls. They are sacred and alluring, reminding us of both the beauty of life and the certainty of death. There is mystery and power in every skull. Every curve and hollow tells a story, which I try to bring to life through my art - transforming them into something otherworldly and unique. Skulls are celebrated at the Day of the Dead celebrations in the hopes of bringing luck to the living. I wanted to bring elements of that metaphysical power into my designs.' Lauren’s commitment to sourcing skulls ethically means never buying skulls of deer that have been killed for their antlers. She maintains strong links with The British Deer Society, which ensures deer flourish in harmony with their environment.

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In the world of modern mosaics, taxidermy and controversial British art Lauren Baker is definitely one to watch. You can find her beguiling collection of skulls at 123 Bethnal Green Road, Stella Blunt on Broadway Market and in Pelicans and Parrots, Dalston. Or you could pop along to her special open evening - featuring photography by Caroline Michael, video installation by Jamie Noel and music by RTN Soundsystem. Skulls are priced from £220.

All images above by Caroline Michael except product shots, by Neil Collins.