Collaborating with Telelavo, a Spanish start-up that deals with washing and processing
From there, Jorge took advantage of the decaying process of the textiles, using them as his raw material. Starch becomes crucial as a material that acts as a binder — it also happened to be heavily used in the laundry business to ease the washing process and achieve a more robust finish when textiles get ironed. Similarly, Jorge mixes the raw material with the binder and then borrows different manual processes and techniques lifted from
This material research is a continuation of his body of work over the last ten years that follows a central theme. “I’m interested in working with common materials but with a personal twist, that’s why I try to make them myself,” Penadés explains.
Here textile clay has two predominant advantages over conventional clay. Firstly, it is a non-extractive material that doesn’t require anything being taken out of the earth for it. Secondly, it has a very low energy impact because the material doesn’t need to be fired, glazed and re-fired. Thanks to the water based-nature of the binder, the finished objects only need time to dry up to become fully functional goods.
While it may look like magic, it certainly isn’t — but what is magic is Penadés’ skill of modifying the very spirit of a singular material, in this case, textile waste. The designer is challenging the chosen material, himself and the way society views waste.