Photos ©Teresa Marenzi
Photos ©Teresa Marenzi
We love talking with people about our design process. At times, we are inspired by the unique weave of the linen and start there. At other times, we want to create a specific color so we begin with the pigment. Regardless of which path leads us in, the design process is always one of discovery. We may be surprised by how the color absorbs into the linen at different rates, or how resilient the weave is to actually accepting our colors. Our process of painting requires both of us because these enteros actually weigh quite a bit when saturated with color. Our brushstrokes may dry out evenly or completely irregular…which is yet again, another surprise.
We're trying something new with our pillow designs these days. Thanks to the jelly-like substance we are able to create with algae, we can control the dye in a way that we paint it on. Our brushstrokes are a part of our unique design & special color toning.
Richly textured, soft & with original artisan seamwork, these are some of our most beautiful vintage fabrics yet. Perfect accompaniment to the foot of the bed or cozied up next to your favorite book on the couch.
When we hatched the idea of espanyolet in 2014, the plan was to hand make both cloth and clay elements. Thomas had fallen in love with ceramics during our 2 months in Bali (read about our travels here), and we knew we would continue to explore this art form once we set up shop in Mallorca. After a bit of planning & experimentation, we're excited to launch our line of hand-formed boards that integrates the rich textures & brilliant Mediterranean colors of Mallorca. Shop the Agua and Terra collections here.
We were so happy to host the folks from AD for an afternoon in studio espanyolet. Read the article below.
Welcome to our studio blog! Keep reading to learn about how we salvage vintage linen, hand paint it and create little pieces of history updated with modern Mediterranean color.
We were so thrilled to be included in VOGUE LIVING's July 2016 issue! The first article was about the romanticism of rose, and featured our Portixol Bedcover.
Our process is a bit different than other traditional textile design methods, which we believe is what makes our colors so unique. We start with the highest quality pigments, hand-mix them in our studio kitchen and start the long process of testing. Most of our hues are mixes of 3 or 4 colors, so the proportions are important and it's oftentimes necessary to test, adjust, retest, readjust, etc. Next we mix in algae, a natural substance from the sea. It's this smooth, jelly-like substance that allows us to control the thickness of the color so we can hand-paint it on each piece of linen. This is very different than dip-dyeing or what some people call garment dyeing which happens in large batches & in large bathtubs. We do not do this because we love irregularity & brushstrokes. And as a result, each of our pieces is one-of-a-kind.
These photos detail the before (top) and after (above) of the same piece. The color absorbs into the linen in rich & vibrant colors, but after days baking in the hot Mediterranean sun, it fades out into a soft & elegant tone. There's really no way to account for this solar effect, but we love its unexpected results every time.