Tiles and textiles ostensibly have little to do with each other – one is hard, brittle, cold, and the other is soft, flexible and warm. However these differences encourage a surprisingly symbiotic relationship. Textile moulds are malleable, making application to clay intuitive, as the mould can peel away gently resulting in an imprint of infinite detail. Through composition and repetition, these otherwise one-dimensional tiles create the illusion of an endless clothed space.
The moulds used to create the tile imprints are formed from compositions of various textiles including lace, embroidery, crochet, and weaves. Conventional and non-conventional materials such as rubber, silk, raffia, rope and leather are used to create designs. In other instances, moulds are created from laser-cut felt.
The tex-tiles are hand made at a workshop in Portugal. Handicraft is an important component in the process; the tiles take time to dry, and they are then fired, glazed and fired again. The production process in itself is rewarding, in that it requires the passage of time - there is something delightfully reassuring about the immutable slowness involved in making tiles, which strikes out against an efficiency-driven age. You can cut the tiles quickly, you can frenetically imprint and glaze, but you cannot alter the fact that clay takes time to dry, and any effort to dramatically speed this up damages the properties of the clay.