I was in Winnellie so I swung past the Northern Tile Gallery. To my delight there were boxes of tiles on a pallet on the verge with a sign “Free Tiles”.
How could I resist that! Apparently they do this every once in a while. And there was enough there to do a small bathroom if you got in quickly.
So I now have acquired a few boxes of blue floor tiles of at least 3 different shades as well as a few large tiles that would make great trivet type of things. Or signs, house numbers etc And it didn’t cost a cent.
Here are instructions for making a jig to help hold and cut bottles.
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Erie Ave, Cincinatti.
I think I’m in the mood for odd architecture. Gaudi, Hundertwasser and now this modern piece of organic architecture. The architect is a Professor at the University of Cincinnati. It was recently for sale for US $399K. Personally I love it and I’d love to have a look around the inside.
Everyone has heard about Antoni Gaudi. Fewer know about Hundertwasser. Friedensreich Hundertwasser is probably Austria’s most famous artist.
Hundertwasser’s original, unruly, sometimes shocking artistic vision expressed itself in pictorial art, environmentalism, philosophy, and design of facades, postage stamps, flags, and clothing (among other areas). The common themes in his work are a rejection of the straight line, bright colours, organic forms, a reconciliation of humans with nature, and a strong individualism. He remains sui generis, although his architectural work is comparable to Antoni Gaudí in its biomorphic forms and use of tile.
He was inspired by the works of Egon Schiele from an early date, and his style was often compared to that of Gustav Klimt. He was fascinated with spirals, and called straight lines “the devil’s tools”. He called his theory of art “transautomatism”, based on Surrealist automatism, but focusing on the experience of the viewer, rather than the artist.
In his later years he became a New Zealand citizen and is most famous there for designing the Koru flag, a proposed alternative for the current flag based on the Union Jack and the public toilets in Kawakawa [which have been previously featured in this blog].
The Wohnen unterm Regenturm [or Raintower] in Plochingen, Germany was built in 1992.
Be prepared to smile in artist Rose Johnson’s historic Bisbee home, 90 miles southeast of Tucson. Her residence delights with color, art, tile work, transformed secondhand finds and much more.”My house is an extension of my creativity,” says Johnson, whose work includes public murals and paintings sold through galleries. Her fun and funky dwelling will be one of 10 houses open for the 24th Annual Bisbee Historic Home Tour, Heart of Bisbee, on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25-26. Participating homes sit along Tombstone Canyon and Brewery Gulch in Old Bisbee, a former copper mining town rich in history. Tombstone Canyon is part of historic Route 80, the main connection between El Paso, Texas, and San Diego before Interstate 10 was built.Brewery Gulch’s past includes a red light district and more than 47 saloons in the early 1900s.Today, stores and transformed miners’ cottages dot the street.Johnson, 46, purchased her Brewery Gulch house six years ago and renovated the 800-square-foot fixer-upper, adding a 300-square-foot studio in the process. Built in 1910, the structure likely first served as a café or a residence.Purple and blue color the exterior, making it a neighborhood standout. White contrasts nicely at the windows and on a picket fence.