Last year we collected some of our favourite ‘not-quite-tile’ creations from artists and creators around the world, but we still have plenty more to share. Here are six more projects and artists who we believe belong to the tiling family.
1. Fenella Elms
The curious shapes and waves of the work by Fenella Elms are created by a sequence of individually created petals. Each element, designed and created in porcelain slip, come together to form undulating masterpieces that flowand intrigue. Read more about the work of Fenella Elms here.
2. Wyckoff Street Mosaic
Although many of the materials used by Susan Gardner on her Brooklyn home are mosaic tiles and fragments of ceramics, the majority of items are an eclectic collection of the highest order. Beads, buttons, shells, and CDs all have a place, each helping to make up the fantastically playful exterior. Read more about the colourful space here.
Broken glass is the material of choice for French street artist Shatters. With most works found in the artist’s local area of Montmartre, Paris, you’d be lucky to see any of the works in person. Mixed with the minimal internet presence, it can be difficult to find any images of the works at all, with the ones we are sharing coming from fans on Instagram. To see and read a little more, click here.
Master of the Rubik’s Cube Giovanni Contardi has an incredible way with the famous puzzle block. Creating mosaics of famous faces, or recreating iconic artwork, Contardi demonstrates that the limited colour palette as well as the need to manipulate hundreds of Rubik’s Cube faces are no hindrance to great art. Read more about the artist here.
US-based artist Benjamin Lowder takes reclaimed wood and metal and transforms them into unique mosaic artworks. Metal signage and various other scraps and reclaimed materials each offer visual intrigue, making each artwork a combination of modern familiarity and ancient totemic wisdom. Read more about it here.
6. Helen Nock
Although a self-taught ceramicist, it’s the combination of metal work and ceramic that offer Helen Nock a place here on our list of not-quite-tile. Collaborating with friend and metal worker Nathan Bennett, these beautiful sculptures and pieces of garden furniture include many found items, seeking to tell a story that centres around them, creating further touches of delight with handmade stained Smalti glass. Read more about her work here.
A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, April 2021.