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Martha's Vineyard Tile

by Shelley Christiansen
Photography by Alison Shaw
Vineyard Stories
Hardcover. 10.25" x 11.25", 192 pages

A beautiful coffee-table book that takes a peek at the tile work in Island homes, and celebrates Vineyard artisans and Vineyard style.

Martha’s Vineyard Tile certainly surpasses the subject of tile, and those who at first might respond to the subject of tile as if they would to hair clips or bottle corks should be prepared to be dazzled.”
    – Martha’s Vineyard Times

"Martha's Vineyard Tile takes nine special places on the Island off the coast of Massachusetts and uses them to define "Vineyard" style. It peeks into the houses of residents and visitors to show how the owners use the most creative of design elements — tile — to bring home the part of the island they love the best. This is a book to look at for pleasure and for inspiration, from bathrooms that feature mosaics of a breaching whale to looks that capture the mossy quiet of the island's forests. It also includes the work of nine local artisans who help personalize spaces through creative applications in tile. And it is all cast in island terms through the extraordinary photographs of renowned photographer Alison Shaw and evocative essays about the Vineyard's many personalities."
    – from the cover of Martha's Vineyard Tile

“Ms. Shaw surpasses herself in translating the essence of object, mood and atmosphere. She zooms in on details such as shells, soap dishes, rocks, flowers, china and decorative accessories, all of which help make the tiles look glorious. The tiles become an ingredient in the study of color and form.”
    – Martha’s Vineyard Times

“Photographs are by Alison Shaw, so you know every shot will reveal hues and shapes and angles that will virtually bring you to that place for a visit.”
    – Vineyard Gazette