A friend of mine went on safari to Africa a while back, and her photos from that trip are glorious.
The patterns in the hand-dyed fabric, the bright colored glass handmade beads.
And bracelets made from copper wire, hand fashioned and wrapped. Carved wooden masks and handmade baskets from reeds and grasses.
Beautiful reminders of that trip. And she sent me some things. From KENYA.
When I started making these travel-inspired tiles I noticed that the word 'KENYA" appeared in several places on the maps in the background.
It made my imagination run away, creating stories about where the tiles came from, and who collected and saved them.
The colors remind me of antique hand-colored maps, with the faded and folded areas from wear and heavy use, hand drawn during a time of exploration of the world.
Like old globes with areas of wear and scuff marks.
The colors remind me of the dusty earth when it's dry, the color of the muddy slow-running rivers, the dusty air during a sandstorm.
These travel tokens remind me of the old subway tokens you sometimes find in flea markets. From trollycar lines that no longer exist.
Or old bus tokens, train emblems, that you would get when you traveled, in the days when train travel was romantic and leisurely. Pampered. With a dining car, and sleeping compartments.
People sometimes collected the tokens, putting them into scrapbooks with photo postcards and drawings of the places they visited.
I promised a chance to win one of these little tile sets. I'm thinking a set of magnets maybe, to decorate someone's file cabinet or refrigerator.
Dreaming about travel to go on safari, longing to see the pyraminds in the desert ... or thinking about an asian trip to see the Great Wall of China?
Want to go to Paris for the delicate pastries and crunchy french bread, or maybe just driving the back roads for antique shopping in America's small towns?
These are the things these little tiles I've been creating make me think of when I look at them.
Travel Theme, Asian Accent, Paris Bistro Style.
Blues, Greens, Earthtones, Tuscan Red.
***Tell me which is your favorite and which color theme you like the best.***
What do they make you think of? Do they bring a story to mind?
Next week I'll draw a name out of the hat for the folks who post, and you'll get a set of six magnets in the style and color you said are your favorite!