My friend Pat and I just returned from a week in Montreal. Most of my photos don’t do justice to the beautiful city but I do want to share some inspiration from the Botanical Garden adjacent to Olympic Park. The “Garden of Peace” consists of Iznik tiles from Turkey. They are produced using extremely difficult and unique fabrication techniques which date back to ancient times. Near the end of the 17th century, these techniques were lost but thanks to the painstaking research efforts carried out by the Iznik Foundation, they were rediscovered in 1995, after a lapse of nearly three hundred years. I think I would like to try to design an applique quilt from the designs.
Here is a video of the Iznik tile production process if you are interested.