clé introduces the Rorschach Tile Collection by Timorous Beasties
Lovers of bold pattern and color will be pleased to see that the latest addition to artisan tile e-boutique cl© is the Rorschach Tile Collection designed by Paul Simmons and Alistair McAuley of Glasgow-based Timorous Beasties.
The Rorschach Tile Collection by Timorous Beasties is comprised of five designs, and hand lithographed on 12″ x 12″ limestone or thassos marble tiles.
Inspired by traditional damask motifs (which originated in the 9th century), Timorous Beasties have integrated the classic pattern with Rorschach conceptual imagery. The combination of a familiar medieval motif and a modern blotch-pattern – believed to unlock the subconscious – has resulted in these strikingly subversive floral abstractions.
Simmons and McAuley use hand drawing, marbling and puddles of ink to achieve their new damask imagery. Simmons explains: “These tile patterns are a reversal of the expected. Blotches, splats and drips are normally regarded as disordered accidents. By re-contextualizing the damask and using it as a vehicle to carry Rorschachesque symmetrical imagery, we have created beauty out of something conventionally repellent. In fact, by interrogating assumptions about pattern this way, we discover a new aesthetic, a new beauty. ”
Deborah Osburn, founder and creative director of cl© is delighted to welcome Timorous Beasties to the family of tile artisans. She says, “I’m an anglophile at heart, enraptured with the culture, history, people, land, flora and fauna of the British Isles. Hence, my discovery, several years ago, of the masterful works of Timorous Beasties left me captivated with their self-described urban, edgy, irreverently elegant revisions of the classic designs of Victorian England. I have longed to collaborate with these masters of decorative motif. It is with great pleasure and pride that cl© introduces a new chapter in our gallery of artists collections.”
The Rorschach Tile Collection is available exclusively on cletile.com (415) 887-9011.
About the Manufacturer: International artisan tile e-boutique Cl© is a searching and shopping experience for anyone in need of classic tile, ceramic tile, and artistic tile. When Deborah Osburn started her blog "tile envy," she hoped to share what she loves about tile, design, fashion and art. What followed would become a remarkable journey of exchange-the act of giving and receiving, with tile at its nucleus. Cl© is the shopping extension of that journey.