Minnesota Tile Festival September 15, 2012
It’s September and that means it’s time for one of my favorite events – the Minnesota Tile Festival, the best and one of the largest handmade tile festivals in the country. This year’s festival is being held at American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, in the beautiful outdoor courtyard created by the addition of the new Nelson Cultural Center. Meet over 30 tile and mosaic artists. Participate in “See It, Make It” demonstrations and creation opportunities.
I’m excited to be one of the sponsors of the Tile Bucks Drawings, an opportunity to win $125 to spend with participating artists on the day of the festival. Drawings will be held at noon and 2 p.m. Check my Facebook page for a Tile Bucks entry form you can download, and bring to the festival to enter the drawing.
Other highlights of the day include:
- Handmade Tile Art Fashion Show / Competition (1 p.m.): A unique collaboration of 15 local fashion designers and the talented handmade tile artists. The show is emceed and judged by Melinda Nelson, Senior Editor of Mpls. St. Paul Magazine.
- Art Car Creation: Using tiles donated by members of the Handmade Tile Association, Lori Greene of Mosaic on a Stick invites one and all to help “tile” an art car.
- Silent Auction of art tiles
- Guest speakers
- Artists’ Award Presentations
This year’s festival is better than ever. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled day!
Creative Ways to Use Ceramic Subway Tile
|1904 New York City subway station: This Old House|
In my own kitchen and bath designs I have used handmade subway tile from three local tile artists: North Prairie Tileworks, Mercury Mosaics, SoMi Tileworks. See samples of our collaborations below — then plan to meet the artists and see more of their work at the Minnesota Tile Festival.
|Kitchen designed by Christine Nelson Design |
with North Prairie Tileworks
North Prairie Tileworks
I worked with the artisans of North Prairie Tileworks to create this kitchen backsplash featuring subway tile with a beautiful Morris inspired medallion insert. The switch plate covers were also made to match. The installation uses a 50% stager pattern with the tiles lining up in at the mid-point of the tiles above them. This is a very traditional installation pattern.
|Bathroom designed by Christine Nelson Design |
shows contrasting grout
|Decorative inset tiles by North Prairie Tileworkx|