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      "Made in Portugal" Tile: World Cultural Heritage and Source of Ideas for Contemporary Artists and Designers 26.12.14Questions & Answers

      Charis Tsevis has dedicated the series of his new illustrations to Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best football players of the modernity. This Greek artist has been studying the secrets of mosaic for several decades, focusing on the traditional Portuguese ceramic tile, so-called "azulejos". This artisan material is at least five centuries old. The patterns and ornaments that embellish the tile surface are strongly influenced by numerous external forces. At a definite point, the art of azulejos was mastered by many craftsmen. Therefore nowadays it is commonly found throughout Portugal. Besides the historical buildings, monasteries, stations, palaces, markets, azulejos is widely used to adorn the interiors and typical residential units. Some azulejos-decorated sites are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, for instance, the residence of the monarchs in Sintra: 

      The contemporary experiments merge the technological advancements of digital art and this essential element of the Portuguese culture and everyday life. The protagonist of the modern azulejos collection has not been selected by chance. Cristiano Ronaldo is a highly rewarded sportsman, the boast of Portugal and simply one of the author's favorite athletes.

       

       

       

       

      It is recommended to print the high-resolution pictures as large-size posters of 100×150 cm. The detailed pictures are given below.

       

       

       

      According to Charis Tsevis, those graphic collages contain the works of more than one hundred artists. He highly appreciates the contribution of everyone.

      It is no secret that pretty often the top European tile manufacturers derive inspiration from the world of fashion. However, nowadays the opposite trend is observed. The great number of the Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian fashion designers adopt the motifs of this eye-catching and authentic material. The contemporary ceramic tile patterns and designs are employed with increasing frequency in the collections of apparel, accessories, shoes, tableware. The new company has recently emerged. Tiledfocuses on the manufacturing of scarves, blouses, tunics and permanently expands its assortment. The Portuguese Recer magazine (the issue of November-February 2013-2014) notes the remarkable similarity between tile and clothing, as both of them perform two key functions: protective and decorative. 

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