I was born in 1965, Woodford Green in Essex. I went to school in Chigwell before moving to Southend on Sea aged 13 where I studied until I joined my father, aged 16, to become an apprentice tile and stone fitter - specialising in mosaic .
A quick learner, by the age of 17 I was a competent installer – an achievement at a young age. Following a brief spell with my uncle to work with stained glass , I established my first company - Paul Siggins Design which specialised in large scale projects such as tube stations, shopping malls, and swimming pools . It was at this time I began to specialise in designing and creating ornate mosaics.
By 1988 mosaics were the mainstay of my work. I established The Mosaic Studio in 1990, working extensively for corporate clients, architects, designers and numerous London stores - with series and collection mosaics being created for stores throughout the country and internationally – including Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Dickens & Jones, Liberty and House of Fraser.
In recent years, I have exhibited nationally and internationally and undertaken numerous public commissions . I was approached by Conran Octopus to develop a projects- based book which resulted in international sales of over 30,000. With sales of the book high across Europe, I was invited to attend as a guest speaker at a gathering of international mosaic artists in Chatres, where Nature Girl took centre stage amongst works from worldwide mosaic artists.
I was one of the founding members of BAMM (The British Association of Modern Mosaics) and an exhibitor at the launch of the Leigh Art Trail, now in its 14th year. Most recently, I have presented at Pecha Kucha 4 – Southend. Along with developing works for exhibition, I undertake private and public commissions and work regularly within schools and the community.
Among recent commissions, a series of 14 sizeable mosaics sited in the newly designed Pier Visitor Centre, Southend on Sea and in development, the 4th and 5th of my Album Cover series ‘Tribute’ – 1 metre square mosaics of Iconic covers which I hope to exhibit in the near future.