Our First Blog Post and New Designs

I'm not new to blogs. I've actually been blogging since 2011 over at Elite16.com. That actually keeps me pretty busy so I've put off updating my shop blog for quite a while. I had a blogspot site but never posted there and once I found a format I liked ( squarespace) I figured it was time to finally start the shop blog.

The front door of Red Tile Studio.

The front door of Red Tile Studio.

Red Tile Studio began in 2010.  It was named after the 1938 Spanish Eclectic home that I've called home for the last few years.  It has a red tile roof and it's where I do the design portion for the shop so that's how our name came about.  My mother and I run the shop. She's the artist and creates all the paintings for the shop.  I'm the designer and I create all the designs that end up on our art blocks, iPhone cases, magnets and 1901 miles line.  Neither of us are formally trained in either field and that suits us just fine.  We create because it's what we love to do.

cactus in bloom at the studio

cactus in bloom at the studio

Sotol that I planted when I first moved into Red Tile Studio

Sotol that I planted when I first moved into Red Tile Studio

Most of our designs are inspired by nature. I love geometrics so I create designs to mix in with the nature elements.  The nature + geometrics = art blocks. We now have hundreds of designs.  I try to create at least 2 new sets of designs a year, but I usually end up creating more than that through custom requests, etc. 

wildflower field near the bath house at white rock lake and our new wildflower designs

wildflower field near the bath house at white rock lake and our new wildflower designs

We just launched our latest collection of art blocks. We make them in two different sizes and three different wood finishes. You can choose from 5x5 or 8x8 inch designs and walnut stain, light gray paint and our new gray stain.  The gray stain is very light and I love that it shows the natural wood grain.

Our new collection contains nine designs in a color palette full of bright colors that are representative of local wildflowers found right outside our front door.

The old hackberry tree that resides in the backyard of Red Tile Studio, plus some birds from our new collection.

The old hackberry tree that resides in the backyard of Red Tile Studio, plus some birds from our new collection.

Writing this first blog post for Red Tile Studio is somehow bittersweet.  The house that inspired the shop and it's name will be for sale in the near future.  We've outgrown the space. We never intended on using it as a studio space, it just evolved that way.  The good news is that our new space is much larger and has southern light, plus an amazing view.  

a favorite spot in the backyard

a favorite spot in the backyard

Our Spring/Summer 2014 designs.

Our Spring/Summer 2014 designs.

I can't honestly say how often I will write on the blog. I do want to put relevant updates for the shop here and share things that have inspired us.  Stay tuned!