Egyptian Inspired Tiles

It’s Egyptomania

Weird and wonderful tiles are the lifeblood of Tile Addict and everytime we come across a new wacky design we simply have to share it. Sometimes we bundle them together into our Curiosities series, and sometimes they get a post all to themselves, like today. Designed by French artist Louis BarthΓ©lemy for Balineum Tiles, Egyptomania is a collection of handpainted ceramic tiles created to present … Continue reading It’s Egyptomania

Tiles Tatoo Noa

Tile your body

Tiling bathrooms, kitchens, and fireplaces is all well and good. But what about tiling your body? It sounds unusual, but that’s what tattoo artist Noa Margalit offers her clients. Margalit’s love of abstract art and ability to blend realistic depictions with surreal compositions has created a tattoo style that absorbs the decorative nature of tiles and gives them new purpose and meaning. Giving people a … Continue reading Tile your body

Schaerbeek Pavement Mosaics

Schaerbeek Streets

What started as one artist’s vision for the pavement in front of her home has turned into a community project that brings colour and positivity to the streets of Schaerbeek. Ingrid Schreyers started the trend 15 years ago when she decorated the ground with mosaics and her impressed neighbours followed suit. Since then, the local authorities have embraced the colourful change, creating a system for … Continue reading Schaerbeek Streets

MicroMosaic

The tiny artform you may not have heard of

We’ve covered mosaics aplenty here at Tile Addict, but none were quite as small as this. Micromosaics are a minute form of their more common older sister, often decorating elaborate pieces of jewellery and enjoyed only by those that can get close enough to see them. The earliest, finest, and best surviving examples of historic micromosaics come from the Late Byzantine period (roughly 1300 to … Continue reading The tiny artform you may not have heard of

Cyberspace Curiosities

Cyberspace Curiosities VII

The curiousities continue with July’s edition. We’ve got colour, shape, and some weirdly wonderful designs. 1) VP12830 This curious wibbly sea kelp style tile from Ceramica Pinto is fun, fresh, and extremely unusual. The marks of the artist are present in the paint strokes adding even more personality to the tiles. 2) Harlequin Handmade Tropical Found on Etsy, these wonderfully colourful handmade terrazzo style speckled … Continue reading Cyberspace Curiosities VII

Gerstley Super House

A new place for tile

Last year a fabulous exhibition stretched the possibility of tile far outside of it’s comfort zone. Philadelphia-based artist Sean Gerstley‘s solo show Tile Block presented a patchwork of ceramic creations designed for the home. Skirting the boundaries of what it means to be tile, some of Gerstley’s furniture pieces are very much not tile, especially the hand-pinched lighting structures, whilst others blend tile with 3D … Continue reading A new place for tile

London Underground Tiles

Paolozzi’s Underground Genius

The London Underground’s Tottenham Court Road is home to 950sq metres of tantalising tile art. Originally completed in 1986 by Scottish artist and Pop Art pioneer Eduardo Paolozzi, the vibrantly colourful mosaics spread across the Northern and Cental line platforms, offering an abstracted view of urban life. Curious curves and passages form references to the cogs and gears of machinery, whilst various facets of the … Continue reading Paolozzi’s Underground Genius

Sudan Mosaic

The man who wants to mosaic Sudan

Hoping to spread the joyful art of mosaics throughout Sudan is artist and teacher Abou Bakr al-Sherif. Despite being an ancient artform, mosaics haven’t been popular throughout Sudan. This lack of popularity makes sourcing glass tesserae difficult and expensive, so instead Sherif uses what is available (usually ceramics) to create his artworks. To ignite national interest in mosaics, he is decorating public spaces with portraits … Continue reading The man who wants to mosaic Sudan

HB Group Tiles

Scenes of London Life

An artist from a young age, London-based Helen Beard has made a living observing life and translating it into ink and watercolour. With bespoke pieces ranging from bowls and vases to decorative ornaments, Beard’s hand-painted ceramics offer joyful scenes with unusual, quaint themes. Transferring lightly pigmented and delicately detailed paintings into ceramics is no easy feat. The process begins with freehand outlines, created using a … Continue reading Scenes of London Life