About Sid Dickens Memory Tiles
(from siddickens.com) Handmade in Canada since 1994, Memory Blocks are the original collectible wall plaques. Interactive and timeless, the collection captures pieces of history as tangible, enchanting collectible art for modern life. As art, they strike a perfect balance between intrigue and artistic appreciation. Our admirers recognize the many careful steps taken to bring a Memory Block from Sid’s early vision to its place on your wall. Carefully handcrafted from start to finish in our Vancouver studio, each Memory Block undergoes a unique process in the hands of numerous highly skilled and specialized artists. We use traditional raw materials and a variety of artistic techniques. Our insistence of organic-based materials and our mandate to maintain a safe environment keeps our studio as a pleasant place to work and make art. Many love Memory Blocks because the quality of each tile is unmatched. Every tile shows our pride of workmanship. We use only the highest grade material all of which are subjected to in-depth experimentation before final selection to ensure the optimum finished tile. Perhaps a more apparent reason for Memory Blocks finding a place in so many lives is that, while uniquely individual, they allow us to share the stories that define us in a visual way. Their beauty aside, they enrich our lives by connecting us to each other, igniting our self-expression and bringing a connection to our memories to our living spaces. How They're Made
Memory Blocks are hand crafted plaster, 6" x 8" x 1 1/4", finished to a porcelain-like quality, cracked to create an aged look and feel.
They are produced by a group of 30 emerging artists in Sid’s studio space in Vancouver, Canada. Each Memory Block is made from hand-poured plaster. Each tile is hand-painted by our artists who also apply different finishes, including silver and gold leafing. Memory Blocks are then hand-stained to ensure the consistency of style through the different tiles.
We consider each Memory Block a piece of art. Each block passes through the hands of as many as five different artists who each add their unique skills to the creation process. While there are many copies on the market that have the look of being mass produced, Sid Dickens Memory Block tiles are made individually and each tile requires hours of work to create. Their style, the attached meaning and the creation process make each Memory Block an individual collectible treasure.