Sid Dickens: Memory Blocks

Retired Sid Dickens tiles

The Retired Sid Dickens Tiles

Retired Sid Dickens tiles

Retired Sid Dickens tiles

First Row: The Flower Rosette, The Swallow, The Butterfly, Musique, Sacred Heart Red, Unicorn, Rosette
Second Row: Club, Crown, Lemon, Morning Birds, Versailles Tulip, Wild Rose, Dahlia
Third Row: Embleme, Alabaster Roses, Guardian, Damask, Taj Flowers, Leaf Swirl, Spade.

I love to start/have a collection of Sid Dicken Tiles.

Born Sidney Michael Dickens (1963), Dickens now lives in Vancouver where he first began his masterpieces, The Memory Blocks, a series of 6 by 8-inch decorative wall plaques. Memory Blocks are hand crafted plaster, 6″ x 8″ x 1 1/4″, finished to a porcelain-like quality, cracked to create an aged look and feel.

Every few years, a collection of his tiles are retired. The retired pieces, a few shown above, would of course, fetch more and can only be bought at auctions and specialist dealers. But you can still get his current collection from his website, starting from US$90.

The Active Sid Dickens Tiles

– as of May 2008, of course.

Active Sid Dickens tiles 2008

Active Sid Dickens tiles 2008

First Row: Concord, Epistle, Pentimento, Applique (Silver), Tree of Life (Silver), Perfume
Second Row: Naturlich, Coat of Arms, Tapestry, Storybook, The Clasp, Melody, P&A, Wing


These are tiles from the current collection.

On his website, it is suggested that the best way to display these pieces of art is in a collection, a grouping.

A selection display of Sid Dicken's tiles

A selection display of Sid Dicken’s tiles

I’d agree… I’d like to start with The Clasp.

One piece would look good in a small space, like a column or a wall where there are no furniture. Then you start adding to the collection and when you get to three, then you can display in a triptych fashion – one’s a start, two’s a non collection and three’s an official collection!

3 June 2008



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    1 June 2008

    These are gorgeous!

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    Facetious Student

    24 June 2008

    Yay, I have a couple of these.

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    30 June 2008

    i know this is gorgeous i WOULD LOVE a few of these….facetious student: i’m jealous!

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    30 August 2015

    I love these tiles. I recently bought one and I cannot put it on a wall. Has anyone displayed it
    on a tabletop? If so, what kind of holder do I need that will not be too noticeable? I am thinking
    a picture frame holder, but it might not hold a heavy object like this tile.
    Thanks for any suggestions.

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      31 August 2015

      Hi Sue, I have seen it displayed on small brass easels on the Sid Dicken’s Pinterest page…
      Sid Dickens tiles on a brass easel

      You can also look for an acrylic brochure stand perhaps? That way the tile is on display, not the holder.

      All the best :)


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