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Artist Combines Bermuda Art & Glass Tiles

While Bermuda boasts a wide array of art and artists, there are some that especially standout for creating art that is obviously and beautifully inspired by Bermuda itself.

Artist, author, and illustrator Joan K. Aspinall is one of those standout artists, with her work serving to capture the many different facets of the island in a variety of scopes.


Among her many artistic endeavors, Ms. Aspinall has taken images from her books and turned them into high gloss decorator art tiles, making for ideal collector’s items and presents for mailing to friends and family abroad.

Featuring unique island imagery plucked straight from her books – such as the Bermuda onion, our iconic Gombeys, and a juvenile humpback whale – Ms. Aspinall’s art portfolio features Bermuda from every angle.


“The art images jump out of the pages of my books,” said Ms. Aspinall. “Lovers of illustrations in Goodnight Bermuda and Bermuda in Art can now have this art as a permanent decorator’s item in their home instead of in the pages of a book.”

Ms. Aspinall explained that one set includes most of Bermuda’s reef fish, including cow pollies, Spanish hog fish, rock beauties, and barracudas, which are featured in her new book to be released next year, entitled Hello Fish.


She mentioned favourite designs for the local market, including Tuppie’s house from her Shoo Cat Shoo book, an image of a pink cottage, flowers, and a black cat, suggesting that all would delight a child or any adult who loves Bermuda’s architecture and hibiscus.

Her Moongate Moons, one her most popular paper prints, is magical, she said. “And who wouldn’t want a smiling Bermuda Onion to warm their heart not just at Christmas, but all year round?” she asked.


“I separated which designs I thought appropriate for the tourist market, and those that show an aspect of Bermuda’s heritage, such as onions and Gombeys,” she said.

Her works include one image, entitled I Am An Island, taken from a large painting she did for a Bermuda Art Centre exhibit. “This is my favourite piece,” she said. “It is an attention grabber. It makes a statement.”

She described the image as a surreal, bluish tinted woman with skin of Bermuda’s flora and fauna floating on a black sea. “Child of creation, spawned in an ocean, she is protector of flowers and fish, and her name is Bermuda. She is beautiful.”


The tiles are broken down into several categories, including underwater, whimsical, scenic, and artistic. Images are individually printed on 6×6 inch high gloss ceramic tiles which have an attached backer allowing for hanging or displaying on a flat surface. “Each tile takes eight minutes to print,” said Ms. Aspinall.

“They are labour-intensive, exclusive items, unlike the horde of imported, ceramic souvenir tiles flooding into the island. And they are certainly not trivets for the kitchen.”


Ms. Aspinall stated that the reproduction of her art in this format produces outstanding results. “The colours are electric,” she said. “The high gloss surface and the strong dyes used in printing impart another dimension to the image, as opposed to a print on a paper surface, which absorbs inks.”

This summer was one of trial and error in the production, but now Ms. Aspinall says the tiles are ready to go and will be a commodity for next year’s tourist market.


The tiles are available through Brown & Co. in Hamilton, the Craft Market, Bermuda Art Centre, and Hand Made in Dockyard.

She also has her fish designs printed on 12×18 metal sheets in the current BSOA exhibition, and a sample of framed tiles in the Miniature Show at the Bermuda Art Centre in Dockyard.


“I have 36 designs, so unfortunately no outlet carries the full collection,” said Ms. Aspinall. “Customers wanting to view the full range can contact me at pina@ibl.bm.

“We print to order and do not carry extra stock on any item. The tiles are signed and dated on the back and I can offer personal dedications.”

For more information about the wide range of art that was either made in or inspired by Bermuda, click here. For a look at the island’s museums, giving you the opportunity to learn more about the art and artifacts that tell the tale of Bermuda’s history, click here.



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