Featured Creative — Anja Hertle

Sunflowers in a Jug 16" x 20"

Sunflowers in a Jug 16″ x 20″

Earlier this year I attended The One of A Kind Show – Spring Edition in Toronto.  I’d like to share with you profiles of gifted artists whose work truly stood out for me as one of a kind.

The first artist is Anja Hertle, a mosaic artist from Grafton, Ontario.  What struck me about Anja’s work is the delight of the unexpected–each of her works incorporates not only tiles, but found gems such as buttons, dice, letters, bottle caps and other wonderfully recycled items.

Viewing Anja’s work from a distance and then again at close range provides fresh perspective and reveals additional discoveries.   Take a look at these photos of her work–I love all these bits of “unexpectedness”…the owl and bird on the building, the unconventional centers of the sunflowers, the unexpected elements in the fish.  Her work is truly “One of a Kind”.

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I asked Anja to share with us her inspiration and vision in her own words:

Over the last 16 years creating mosaics has become my passion. Playing with the color, pattern and texture of recycled china, pottery and tile as well as adding whimsical touches using found objects such as forks, type writer keys or bottle caps is so much fun!

I am always on the look out for supplies, at second hand stores or garage sales but also get a lot of donations. I use very low tech tools such as tile nippers to cut and build my own frames for the artwork. The design ideas are found all around me, nature in our beautiful garden, architectural elements from travels and kids at play in everyday life.

My work is for sale at several locations in Ontario, at Art and Craft Sales such as the One of a Kind Show in Toronto and the Cabbage Town Festival. I teach workshops in my studio as well as in the school system, and will travel. Check out my website for upcoming shows, galleries, workshops, current works for sale.

I also love that Anja shares her time and talents teaching workshops to adults and children.  Check out her website here.  You can also connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest.

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