"Eixample" Wool Tapestry

by Ines Sistiaga Spain

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Estimated production time: 10 weeks

Dimension LxWxH (cm): 60x45x4
Material : Wool
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Description

In The Trip Collection Ines thinks on wool, exploring the colour and materiality of this material in graphic compositions that represent nothing more than her hand movements while intuitively doodling. She sees them as fast paintings that get painstakingly translated to thread; lines that belong to hand movements scaled up to textile tapestries. She compares the creation of these panels to going for a walk without destination.

This lack of rigour disappears when she start making, tufting them in her studio in Madrid with a yarn gun. The physical effort and focus, that this process requires, feels like a mantra to her. The sound and movement of the machine, the speed and tension of the yarn, and the hand drawn limits that mark the composition are what this symbiotic trip, between her, the material and the machine, is about.

Hand tufted with natural dyed Dutch sheep’s wool. Finished with “Latxa” wool from the Basque country in Spain.

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Weight 4 kg
Dimensions 70 × 50 × 4 cm
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About the designer


Ines Sistiaga

Inés Sistiaga is a designer, based between Eindhoven and Madrid, with a strong focus on textile techniques. Her work embodies different attitudes towards this field as a medium of research and expression, exploring visual and material languages through combinations of craft and technology. She develops explorations that go from functional to aesthetic and from technical to decorative, studying textiles as structural constructions, searching for functionalities and for the diverse in its materiality. This is done through techniques as varied as printing, weaving, tufting and, more extensively, knitting. These multiple paths converge, through the skills of her hands, in directions where function and beauty meet.

Curated by

The body of work in this collection consists of pieces by Greek designers of the mainland and the diaspora, or international professionals who live and work in Greece. As a common theme we tackle the elusive notion of “Greekness” and how this transpires through the work of seemingly diverse and distinct individuals. In our attempt to define “Greekness”, we aim to raise questions about how this plays out in the work presented. How do Greek designers view their identity? Is it through their effort to decipher their heavy heritage? Is form important in order to achieve a predisposed classic elegance, or is a philosophical disposition towards shape more poignant? Could it be simply a resourcefulness and DIY ethic to make up for the absence of design infrastructure? How do Greek designers based abroad deal with their background? Could it be that they simply ignore it in order to finally free themselves? Is there a certain amount of innovation necessary in order to channel it into the new environment? Finally, how do foreign designers see their work influenced by their Greek surroundings? Is it the reference through the use of noble materials such as marble or the abundance of natural light that makes their work unquestionably Greek? Or could it be something else they were seeking when they decided to move here, something abstract like humour or drama? Could their arrival finally mean a departure from Greek heritage’s self-reference? The pieces that we present might seem ill-matched, but they share an important core element. They are confident in their narrative of a personal story of identity, that is either at peace or against the Greek archetype. Through this communication, they all describe a culturally mature and vibrant scene that is finally extroverted and coming of age.