Sid Dickens Memory Blocks

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Sid Dickens
A refined selection of handmade decorative memory block art tiles.  Wesley & I first discovered these the summer of 2012 when we visited Fredericksburg Virginia and stumbled upon Du Jardin, a little French boutique with amazing service.

 

T-328

Sweet Prayer (28)

Tile #T328

Purchased from Du Jardin as a 2014 Christmas gift from Wesley

A wish for peace borne of a pure heart.
Holiday 2014 Limited Edition

T-329

Christmas Morning (27)

Tile #T329

Purchased from Du Jardin as a 2014 Christmas gift to Wesley

“May your days be merry and bright.”
~ Irving Berlin
Holiday 2014 Limited Edition

T225

Nocturne (26)

Tile #T225

Purchased from Du Jardin as a 2014 Christmas gift to Wesley.

Twilight worries are appeased,
By the ardour of this solitary bloom.

T-287

Fabled Bird (25)

Tile #T287

Purchased from Accents as a 2014 First Wedding Anniversary gift for Wesley

Majestic creature of amethyst and gold!
Guardian of Paradise,
symbol of renewal.

T221

Imps (24)

Tile #T221

Purchased from Accents as a 2014 Birthday gift for Wesley

Little whisper, find me.
Mysterious secret of my child heart.

T238

Jardin (23)

Tile #T238

Purchased from Du Jardin as a 2014 Birthday Gift for Shawn

Colours of spring,
Sing with life.
Awaken my soul
from slumber.

T299

Teacup (22)

Tile #T299

Purchased from Du Jardin as a 2014 Birthday Gift for Shawn

Graced with sepia blossoms,
This small vessel warms the hands and soul.

T285

First Kiss (21)

Tile #T285

Purchased from Du Jardin as a 2014 New Year’s gift from Wesley.

This instant of magic;
too quick to catch,
Intones a song too beautiful to end.

T263

Gate to Paradise (20)

Tile #T263

Purchased from Du Jardin as a 2013 Christmas gift from Wesley.

Enter into paradise,
And drink fully of its happiness.

T235

Sovereign Bloom (19)

Tile #T235

Purchased from Du Jardin as a 2013 Christmas gift for Wesley.

Might the mystery of life,
Be explained in a single bloom?

T241

Harmony (18)

Tile #T241

Purchased from Du Jardin as a 2013 Christmas gift for Wesley.

Drawn to flower’s beauty,
On imperial wings of flight.

T276

Celebration (17)

Tile #T276

Purchased from Accents in Florida on our Honeymoon.

In the unfurling tangles
of life’s drifting course, find joy.
Misplace not this feeling!

T254

New Beginnings (16)

Tile #T254

Purchased from Accents in Florida on our Honeymoon.

Nestled in these petals lies,
Friendship, joy and freedom.
The future you dream of,
Lays waiting.

T232

Interlude (15)

Tile #T232

Purchased from Sid Dickens November of 2013 as a wedding gift for Wesley from Shawn

The sublime rapture of spring,
Beheld in nature’s delicate balance.

T-296

Secret Garden (14)

Tile #T296

Purchased from Sid Dickens November of 2013 as a wedding gift for Shawn from Wesley

Beyond the mind’s most rigid gates,
A secret garden of the soul awaits.

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Fledgling (13)

Tile #T272

Purchased from Du Jardin by Wesley for Shawn

How quickly time passes, my child.
Take this moment; keep it close.
Like the youthful voice of Spring.

T274

Water Dance (12)

Tile #T274

Purchased at Du Jardin summer of 2013 as a gift for Wesley’s 34th Birthday.

Mirrored ripples in full moon’s light,
Transport me to another time.
Awaken me in the land where faeries dwell,
And castles keep their secrets.

Collection: 2012 (Spring) – Daydream

T-297

Springtime in Paris (11)

Tile #T297

Purchased at Du Jardin summer of 2013 as a gift for Wesley’s 34h Birthday.

Ah, the apple trees,
Anointed by spring raindrops,
Bringing faint blossoms to blush.

Collection: 2013 (Spring) – Orient Express

T251

Friendship (10)

Tile #T251

Received as a gift from Evonne the summer of 2013 as a gift for Shawn’s 37th Birthday.

A friend dispels the cold and warms the soul.

Collection: 2010 (Fall) – Silk Road

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Intro (9)

2010 (Spring) – Porcellana – T234

Purchased at Du Jardin summer of 2013 as a gift for Shawn’s 37th Birthday.

Spring buds hold the secrets of yesterday and the promise of tomorrow’s beauty.

Retired May 31, 2013

The journey through the seasons culminates as -spring offers the excitement of new beginnings and the revelation of life as it awakens from hibernation. As the felicity of nature’s abundance is imparted upon us, we are reminded of the countless interpretations and expressions of nature’s grace that have come before us.

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Scarlet (8)

2002 (Spring) – Seduction of Colour – T98

Purchased at Du Jardin summer of 2013 as a gift for Shawn’s 37th Birthday.

Proud flower precious as gold to sultans first flame of spring.

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Amour (7)

2008 (Fall) – Tattoo – T206

Purchased at Du Jardin summer of 2012 as a gift for Wesley’s 33rd Birthday.

Throughout the centuries, cultures around the world have cherished self-expression in their celebration of life, tradition and values. By various means and styles of art, timeless representations of our realities remain; a testament of life. Marking the skin of one’s own body as a means of expressing the most deep ideals or beliefs has been a choice for as long as history itself. For Fall 2008 Sid Dickens imprints his legacy of expression with the release of “Tattoo”, a symbolic collection of tiles connected to memories of life, adventure and love. Themes emblazoned on the skin of people across the globe; permanent reminders of time’s passage. Skin…canvas of memory, adorned with tales of life and experience

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Wing (6)

1998 Collection – T05

Purchased at Du Jardin summer of 2012 as a gift for Wesley’s 33rd Birthday.

A rustling memory, this wing, this fragment. Fallen to earth or rising upward, fast moving as thought. Floating us to that light and timeless home of angels.

t236

Union (5)

2010 (Spring) – Porcellana – T236

Purchased from Sid Dickens as a 2012 Christmas gift from Wesley.

True love deserves neither honors nor reproaches.

The journey through the seasons culminates as spring offers the excitement of new beginnings and the revelation of life as it awakens from hibernation. As the felicity of nature’s abundance is imparted upon us, we are reminded of the countless interpretations and expressions of nature’s grace that have come before us. The Sid Dickens Spring 2010 Collection offers ten new tiles that fuse the inspiration of new beginnings with the wonder provoked by beauty’s past. Drawing upon pinks and blues and the delicate essence of porcelain, Dickens imbues iconic images of spring with a timeless elegance. This collection will awaken memories that are kept in each of us and empower us to formulate and share the stores that define our lives

t242

Medina (4)

2010 (Fall) – Silk Road – T242

Purchased from Du Jardin as a 2012 Christmas gift for Wesley.

Beyond these gates,
Might lie magic,
Might lie truth.
Enter with quiet curiosity.

Fall 2010 takes us on an exciting and exotic journey as Sid Dickens introduces his new collection, Silk Road. Comprising eleven distinctly original tiles, Dickens chooses a path that sublimely combines the ancient with the modern in this new series. Inspired by the possibilities of future and ever drawing on the richness of the past, collectors will be delighted to discover a subtle yet evocative new “Bisque” finish. The new light quality enhances the porcelain feel of the tiles and offers universal appeal. Silk Road creates a contemporary impression for the viewer with a range of images that entice the imagination to dream beyond inspiration of the past. By blending a rich but fresh colour palette and scenes from a thrillingly exotic history, Dickens’ aesthetic continues to evolve with a heartbeat from cultures elapsed and an eye towards the future

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Iris Royale (3)

2011 (Spring) – Through the Looking Glass – T258

Purchased from Du Jardin as a 2012 Christmas gift for Wesley.

Elegant spirit of regal splendor.

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~ Lewis Carroll ~ This season Sid Dickens presents us with his playful side by welcoming us to a collection drawn from the magic of the imagination. Spring’s Through the Looking Glass takes its inspiration from Lewis Caroll’s beloved story while maintaining the artist’s distinct signature. Dickens’ humour and love of the illusory shines through in this unique assemblage that seeks to delight and perhaps incite a touch of mischief in the onlooker. With a delicate but vibrant colour palette, pieces from Through the Looking Glass make an uplifting addition to any wall collection. As we venture into a fresh new year, Dickens invites us to be lighthearted and celebrate the endless possibilities of the imagination

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Rascal (2)

2009 (Fall) – Enchantment – T230

Purchased from Du Jardin as a 2013 Saint Valentine’s day gift for Wesley.

Black winged courier,
angelic rogue.
Mischievous deliverer of love.

This season, Sid Dickens’ collaboration with the past instills us with universal delight. A compilation of nine pieces, Dickens’ Enchantment collection embodies his intimate connection with time past. Refining cherished icons and ancient fragments, he resurrects the wonder of long-forgotten ages, imbuing their stories with new life. The Renaissance, Age of Enlightenment, Romantics, bridged for us to modern day and made timeless by the imprint of his signature aesthetic. With stirrings of very early works as his muse, Dickens travels his unfolding passage and bids us share the journey to memories rediscovered. Rich palettes, underscored with subtle textures, hint at captivating stories. This collection charms the senses and illuminates the creative instincts of the viewer, offering to each of us, our own personal narrative.

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Storybook (1)

2007 (Spring) – Fable – T180

Semi-Randomly selected purchase from Home Essentials of Fredrick while on a getaway for St. Valentine’s day while staying at the Inn at Red Hill 

Once upon a time…
Happiness reigned.
Everyone remembered their dreams. Hearts yielded to laughter like a town to a carnival.

Sid Dickens’s “Fable” arrives with a breath of optimism, lending warmth and enchantment to this Spring 2007 collection. Continuing to surprise with his infinite variations, Sid now inspires us with a new element. Each presenting its own unique image within the collection, these seven Memory Blocks are offered up as pages in a modern day fable. This collection conjures narratives of romance and mystery from times past. “Storybook”, the cornerstone tile of the collection, evokes the promise of “Once upon a time…”, nostalgic lettering on yellowed parchment bound by Dickens’ signature scroll. The tale is completed with his beloved alphabet of pattern, foliage and rusted iron. Dickens brings us a fairy-tale of the heart, fragments inviting us to imagine our own treasured stories.


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