Studio Blog

why linen?

Good question…why have we chosen to work with linen? When we started out in early 2015, the goal was to create handmade textiles using traditional design techniques. When we visited Mallorca, however, we discovered drap. We bought a few sample pieces, laid them out on the studio table & were hooked with its beauty and ability to take color. With this discovery, we decided to launch espanyolet with a focus on this beautiful historical material. Here are 5 things that we didn't know about linen that make us love it even more: 

1. Linen is valued for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather (which is why it's historically been used as bed covers in the hot climate of the Mediterranean region)

2. Linen is a natural antiseptic, so neither bacteria or fungus can live on it (this stuff can be stored for decades in old fincas without a speck of mold growing on it)

3. The more it is washed, the softer it becomes 

4. It absorbs moisture well & releases it quickly, so linen fabric doesn't stick to the body (nice for those hot summer nights under our bed covers)

5. Linen is the strongest of the vegetable fibers with 2 to 3 times the strength of cotton. With care, it will last forever.

goldenrod

If we had to pick our favorite aspect of our job, it might be color development. We've been working on this color line for quite some time, and we're excited with how it's turned out. We're calling it goldenrod but it might also look a bit like terra-cotta, peach or rust at times. Like much of what we do, it was inspired by the colors of the Mediterranean: the tile roofs in Spain, the sandstone lining the Bahia de Palma and the fallen berries in neighborhood parks. There's more to come with this new collection: watch this space!

 

graying

The season is changing and we're evolving our color palette to include more subdued tones. We designed this gray hue for winter's approach, and we love how it's both faded and rich. More on our Gris Collection coming soon...

our linen

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique Mallorquín linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

We were fortunate to find the perfect linen on one of our first visits to Mallorca. These fabrics were hand loomed on the island 50, 75, 100 years ago as matrimonial bed covers, so there is a deep tradition & history behind them.

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique Mallorquín linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

No two are the same -- some are finely woven with a quiet elegance, and others are rough & heavy with some hemp woven in. And of course, there are the effects of age -- some are well-loved & well-worn, and others retain their original structure & heft. It's a joy to spread our pieces out on the work table -- study, feel, fold, smell them -- to determine how to best use each one. It's with a great respect for the history of this Mallorquín drap that we then decide how to create our espanyolet collection.

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique Mallorquín linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

welcome

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique Mallorquín linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

Greetings from studio espanyolet in Mallorca, Spain! We are happy to have you here and excited to share our new collection with you. Please check back often, as we are in the studio mixing new colors, painting old linen and getting ready to launch new collections soon.

bed covers

The search for these enteros takes us all over the Mediterranean region, because it's tough to find solid, whole bed covers that haven't been ravaged by use & time. We source heavy & substantial enteros that are usually a mix of linen & hemp -- we find this combination makes for a richly woven bed cover with a nice weight & hand feel. Once we have the entero on our studio table, we design a color palette to complement its age & weave. With this one, we hand-mixed three shades of Marsala and hand painted them on each of the entero's three panels. We're really happy with how rich & vibrant this one turned out. More details here!

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vacation with an artist

When we were traveling back in 2014, we came to a crossroads: shall we continue to trek to far-off places to just check them off our bucket list, or should we choose places for their creative opportunities? We were hungry to find places like Bali to feed our creativity -- could it be Japan to learn traditional shibori or India to do our own wood block printing? 

No resource existed to answer our question last year. But it does now, and was developed by our friend and former colleague at R/GA, Geetika Agrawal. Geetika is an accomplished interaction design director who is on leave for a year traveling, speaking at creative leader conferences across the world and developing creative projects to bring people together. The first was Food For Thought, a program that uses food to connect creative travelers. And now it's Vacation With An Artist.

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique Mallorquín linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

Vacation With An Artist helps people discover and book a studio session with artists who are masters of their craft and creative ambassadors of the city in which they live. From photography in mountainous Slovenia, Anatolian dance in Istanbul or rattan weaving on the island of Penang….Geetika has curated a collection of creative experiences to satisfy any artist looking for inspiration. Hop on over to VAWAA and take a stroll through the artist profiles. We hope you find it as inspiring as we have.

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique Mallorquín linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color