A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Inspired by the 1943 book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, City Tree is a new mural, standing tall at the new District 19 S.T.E.M. Academies on Atlantic Avenue in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. Based in New York City, painter Adam Cvijanovic won the competition held to find an artist for the project. His design, a 12 by 12ft mural reflects the … Continue reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Isaiah Zagar

Philadelphia’s Philanthropist

Isaiah Zagar’s magnum opus is his vast and visionary mosaic environment, The Magic Gardens of South Philadelphia. Here Zagar covered the interior and exterior walls, ceilings, and floors of nearly half a block with mosaic to create what is, in effect, an overwhelming and inspiring 40 year personal diary. Continue reading Philadelphia’s Philanthropist

London in the 16th Century, 1972, by Philippa Threlfall and Kennedy Collings.

Curating Fragments Of History

The principal characteristic of Philippa Threlfall and Kennedy Collings’s work is that it is sympathetic to the specific site, providing local interest with a sense of place and relevance. This usually meant site visits and painstaking research. The couple’s shared interest in history also influenced their approach to design. Continue reading Curating Fragments Of History

Magical Myaamia

Based upon Myaamia, an original painting by Santos Mendez named after a Native American Algonquian language spoken by the Seminole Indians, the mosaic mural at TD Bank, Florida, reflects harmony and friendship among all living creatures. Continue reading Magical Myaamia

Tiling Thesaurus: M – P

I’m away on holiday until the 13th February, so I’ll leave you with some tile humour. Well, it may be humour! Majolica: I thought I was going on holiday, but I ended up in another dusty tile factory. Mohs: In the scale of things, very important. In reality, totally ignored by one and all. Mosaic: The perfect opportunity to get rid of all those dust-covered … Continue reading Tiling Thesaurus: M – P

Nebula Chroma

Nebula Chroma

The latest project by Sonia King of Mosaic Works, Dallas, is titled Nebula Chroma. This depiction of a giant space cloud is now the focal point of the multi-storey main lobby in the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. The light-filled, three-storey atrium creates a dynamic setting for Nebula Chroma, King’s 7ft by 17ft masterpiece that was recently awarded first prize in the Design and Detail … Continue reading Nebula Chroma

A Two-Dimensional Mind

The career of tile maker Bronwyn Williams-Ellis began with 3D design, working in ceramics. She completed a BA and an MA at the Cardiff College of Art and had her first workshop in North Wales where she created huge one-off sculptures and garden ware. But, Bronwyn eventually had a kind of eureka moment when she realised that her forte lay in two-dimensional design. Continue reading A Two-Dimensional Mind

Welcome To The World Of Tiles

Diary of a Tile Addict is intended to introduce tile enthusiasts to developments in tile design, significant architectural projects that use tiles creatively, technological developments that are driving the tile industry forward, news on tile exhibitions around the world as they happen, and also as a way to meet the many talented and inspiring individuals who together make the ceramic tile sector so creatively diverse, technically advanced and intellectually fascinating. Continue reading Welcome To The World Of Tiles