Houston Llew's work in enameling is based on his belief that meaningful art is about emotion. Thus, every Spiritile created reflects a piece of our story. These icons stretch our memory and bring to mind the people we love, the things we cherish, and the passions we pursue. When collected, Spiritiles become a montage of moments that make us smile, laugh, remember, and dare to dream.
Each season, Houston releases new tiles. The summer collection reminds of us of the season that asks us to create something new and embrace the intangible value of living in the moment. We turn the potential into reality through exploring the world around us to its utmost. Each tile is based on a literary quote by writers, artists, songwriters, and philosophers and each tile has its own story.
The tile on the right is titled "Canvas" and includes a quote by Neil Gaiman "The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before." Thanks to our 160+ artists and artisans who do this every day.
The tile in the middle is "Aspire" and says "The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there." A good thought for those graduating this month.
The one on the left reminds me of my summers on the Texas coast, trying to surf. The tile includes a quote by Paul Coelho "LIfe is a matter of waiting for the right moment to act." As Houston explains, "Surfers spend an inordinate amount of time waiting. Not 'doing nothing' as waiting around might be considered. They wait watchfully, learning to recognize the signature curves so that when they choose a wave, it isn't a wave yet. It's a swell with all the signs of curling and creating that gorgeous arc of thrill coursing over the shore. Acting in the right moment means the difference between cruising through the tunnel and being swept under the crest. The stakes can be high, just like in our life. But the thrill remains. When we see the corduroy of swells turning quickly into waves heading our way, we turn our board toward land, and all we need to do is enjoy the ride." There is a life philosophy in this. Go grab your wave and enjoy the ride.