It’s Friday and I’m so excited to share this week’s Fab Friday Find. At last I’ve found an encaustic tile that I would actually use in my own home. Kelly Wearstler’s new Gem collection for Ann Sacks with its nonconforming organic pattern and neutral palette is nothing short of breath taking.
The time honored, age old technique of combining cement, sand, ground marble, and pigments to produce stunning patterns and variations is centuries old. The beauty of these tiles can be seen in historical sites around the world.
I can’t help but admire their beauty but for my personal more subtle aesthetic the majority of these graphic patterns are just…well… too ‘patterned’ for me.
I prefer to enjoy their artistry in commercial settings like this quaint market where the floor tiles have ample space to showcase the beautiful pattern in all its glory.
Of this gorgeous vertical installation by Nam Dang Mitchell at Distilled Beauty Bar in Calgary.
The collection Kelly Wearstler has designed for Ann Sacks goes down a different path. The timeless tradition is honored, but with more subtle pattern, low contrast, and a soothing palette.
A tight collection of only 9 tiles reinforces the idea that this grouping is surely special among other encaustic tile collections. Each design has been carefully crafted by Wearstler to produce a modern take on a timeless tradition.
“Elope is organic and fluid, classic with a modern mood”
“Swell is a painterly stripe of radiating, evolving curvatures, its face defined in soft lineage with a relaxed playful geometry”
“True touch of the hand detail with heavy brushstrokes defines Evoke”
For their modern update to age old craftsmanship, neutral color palette, and subtle pattern Kelly Wearstler’s encaustic tiles for Ann Sacks are this week’s Fab Friday Find.