design dialogue: brenda jean lusher.
March 23, 2012
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARY JAMES
Tile is one of our favorite ways to bring big impact to a small space, but we rarely give much thought to the production process. But after chatting with Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based tile artist Brenda Jean Lusher, we won’t ever make that mistake again. Her painstakingly hand-painted and handmade ceramic tiles channel antique Portuguese and Spanish design but also take their cues from contemporary patterns. Lusher finds inspiration in lots of different places, though, and we got a chance to ask her all about it. Check it out:
What trend are you excited by?
Paisley; I’m seeing it everywhere, and I’m now working on a paisley repeat pattern that’ll soon be added to my collection.
Who are your design icons?
Albert Hadley, Celerie Kemble, Charlotte Moss and Carolyne Roehm.
What have you been reading?
The Game of Life and How To Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and The Persimmon Tree by Bryce Courtenay.
What’s your go-to hostess gift?
I always take a great bottle of Cabernet—with the understanding that it be opened and enjoyed that evening! And I usually follow up with a custom, hand-painted tile as a thank you gift.
What’s your most coveted item?
My grandmother’s china; it’s the blue-and-white Currier & Ives pattern from Royal China.
What’s your trick to success?
Never tell a client something can’t be done; just figure out a way to do it.