I particularly LOVE this one:
"Derby notes that there are several styles of original street tile in New Orleans, and even variations within a style.
'You find the blues are all different shades,' he said. 'This is a periwinkle blue. You'll also see a cadet blue. Some, the color's almost gray.'"
The writer, Molly Reid, captures lots of wonderful quotes from the tile maker:
Popular decorative-tile wall hangings are "NOLA" and "HOME," he said. "Everyone has become more sentimental for the city and the stuff that was damaged," Derby said.
She also touches on a topic near-and-dear to my heart — the abundance of egocentricity in the art world:
And, for his own professional development, working in a trade has allowed him to pursue a creative field while staying grounded and busy.
"That was satisfying, to choose a business and pursue it," he said. "The art world is a very egocentric place, and the tile world is not. It's ego-less. You just sort of appreciate it on its own level."
Mark Derby was in the shop today when I stopped by, and we had a great chat about tiles, New Orleans, academia, and pursuing creative dreams. We also talked about my FAVORITE topic: Cocoa. My long-haired Chihuahua.