CRISS-CROSS 3,2,1 DESIGNER FAYE TOOGOOD COMPLETES HER COLLECTION FOR TEIXIDORS WITH THREE HANDWOVEN BLANKETS
Faye Toogood’s new blanket collection for Barcelona based Teixidors, is now completed with a total of three designs which offer a new interplay of tones and textures, one of which incorporates ecological yak wool.
Each blanket from the CRISS-CROSS 3, 2, 1 collection combines three distinct yet conjoined weaves in a variety of structures, details and proportions. Each part has been hand-woven in the Teixidors workshop, using natural ecological merino wool, carefully washed to achieve a lightly felted and soft finish, and baby yak wool from a cooperative in Mongolia.
The resulting triptych consists of three woven quadrilaterals of subtly different tones, sewn together into a long patchwork with fringed edging. The colourways are contrasting and complementary.
“We enjoy collaborating with Teixidors for their expertise in traditional hand weaving and felting. The ability to mix vast colours ranges and textures in Teixidors’ exclusive yarns, provides us with rich design opportunities. The tactile quality of the pieces are enhanced by the characteristic felt-like elements and appliquéd cords that Teixidors have become synonymous with. ” (Faye Toogood)
With the CRISS-CROSS 3,2,1 collection, Teixidors demonstrates its expertise in traditional hand weaving and felting. In this new collection by British designer Faye Toogood, Teixidors proposes joining different and independent pieces in length, a strategy that harnesses the opportunity to mix different colours and textures in Teixidors’ own exclusive yarns. Criss-Cross 3,2,1 also reinforces a decorative and characteristic element in other Teixidors' collections: the border, or “appliquéd cord”, that is added in different locations, rhythms, thicknesses and colours.
And most importantly, Teixidors is able to explore new fields in the composition of pieces and uses of their wooden looms. In this case, taking advantage of the smaller looms in the workshop that require a shorter learning period, resulting in more work opportunities for the weavers, which supports the main goal of Teixidors: achieving social inclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities through textile handicraft.
As Nuria Bitria, Teixidors creative director, says: “in Criss-Cross 3,2,1 we want to express our capacity for design and production, and to highlight every step, peculiarity and perfect imperfection of every handmade process. In this new design we show our complete authenticity.”
Faye Toogood is a British designer. Her furniture and objects demonstrate a preoccupation with materiality and experimentation. All of her pieces are handmade by small-scale fabricators and traditional artisans, with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material.
With an academic training in the theory and practise of fine art, and a vocational background at the forefront of the magazine industry, Toogood approaches product design with a singular and acutely honed eye. Her highly sculptural work, while showing an astute respect for the past, is derived from pure self-expression and instinct.
Toogood’s objects are grouped together into her trademark numbered ‘Assemblages’. This allows her to avoid the formulaic, to experiment with the materials and processes that dominate her thinking at a particular time. With each Assemblage, she engages not only with the products themselves but also with the three-dimensional space in which they are exhibited, working across multiple disciplines to create a single body of work with an intuitive and unified narrative.
Teixidors is a Barcelona based textile brand with a social vocation aimed at achieving social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. This objective has laid the foundation for over 35 years of award-winning design, created on manual looms in our own workshop in Terrassa (Barcelona). Teixidors source the highest quality raw materials, like cashmere and Yak wool from a cooperative in Mongolia, and ecological Merino wool from a small farm in Provence. Today Teixidors’ exquisite plaids, bedspreads, pillows, and scarves can be found in some of the most prestigious stores in the world such as Selfridges (London), Tom Dixon (London), Dopo Domani (Berlin), Frozen Fountain (Amsterdam), ABC Carpet (New York), Barneys (New York), Lane Crawford (Hong Kong), Le Bon Marche (Paris). BEL (Barcelona), etc.
Teixidors is part of the non-profit, Fundació Privada President Amat Roumens also based in Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain.