Monday, July 7, 2008
There's a new title in the Lark 500 series called 500 Tiles. I had to have it!
To me inspiration means new ideas. New ideas mean new work. New work means pleasing potential buyers. Potential buyers mean earning an income. Earning an income means I can afford more wonderful books to inspire me.
Does everyone go through this process to justify book addictions? Books (particularly art books) give me endless joy. They are my springboards to new ideas. I discover new artists, new mediums , new processes and new outlooks.
In 500 Tiles, I discovered Steven Bird's quirky mosaics. He creates playful, naive ceramic pieces, a number of which are featured in 5oo Tiles.
I'm guessing he started making mosaics when he had a surplus of broken ceramics that were beautiful in their own right. Far too good to throw out. His work makes me smile. (Another good reason for buying this book. There are many pieces that make me smile).
South African artist Hennie Meyer also features. He is known for his quaint teapots but now I have fallen in love with his tiles.
The set of 6 tiles tiles above are made by Hennie Meyer and the mosaics are created by Stephen Bird.