Silk scarf mosaic “trencadís” from Gaudí’s Palau Güell

Palau Güell’s “Burst”. The creative process behind our mosaic silk scarf design.

It is not easy having Gaudí‘s works so close to look at him with enough perspective to establish a dialogue with his creative process. Someone as creative as him, had many hidden secrets that make his work very enigmatic. And this, calls your attention.

Mosaic silk scarf trencadís inspired by Palau Güell - Daba Disseny Barcelona

For example, the relationship that he had established with the artisans, manufacturers, and industrialists who helped to build his structures, is a clear example of the cooperative Catalan way of working. Rather than a strong sense of hierarchy, Gaudí created a harmony between his workers. Allowing them to create symbiotic, unified pieces, something that has been captured forever as a hallmark of his works.

The trencadís, the Catalan modernist style of mosaic. Is distinctly used in Gaudi’s work, in particular represents the values of a “saving culture”. A creative use of limited resources and reviving a dying product by transforming it into a new artistic reality. This innovative use of recycling and conservation, something which is so commonly practiced now, shows that Gaudi’s ideas were ahead of his time and that was an artist in the most comprehensive sense of the word.

Ceramic burst Trencadís - Inspiration source for the mosaic silk scarf design of Palau Guell Palau Güell - Daba Disseny Barcelona

On an artistic design level, Gaudi’s work defined and wholly embodied the concept of minimum expression of detail. This is the inspiration that has led me to design the “Ceramic Burst” mosaic silk scarf, a composition of 21×21 cm drawn with pencil on rough and stiff paper and painted with watercolor.

Trencadis watercolor Gaudí - Design for the mosaic silk scarf Palau Guell - Daba Disseny Barcelona

My personal vision on the Gaudí Mosaic silk scarf square

The inspiration for the painting came while I was spending a weekend at the Vallfogona de Riucorb spa. I was visiting its gardens, and reflecting on my recent visit to Palau Güell in Barcelona. Specifically its impressive “forest” of chimneys terrace. In those moments, I felt an urge to compose this painting, which actually had less to do with Gaudí, and more with my reactions on observing those memories and images.

Palau Güell's chimneys - Gaudí inspiration for the mosaic silk scarf trencadís - Daba Disseny Barcelona      Palau Güell's chimneys - Gaudí inspiration for the mosaic silk scarf trencadís - Daba Disseny Barcelona 2

This is my way of working. At the point, when the frenzy appears, I start to paint. Then I capture on paper the synthesized images of a work.

Textil design for a mosaic silk scarf trencadís gaudí - Daba Disseny Barcelona

I began by penciling the gridded structure that serves as the basis for composing the trencadís. I then added  the watercolor, with a certain level of imprecision so that the brushstrokes create the color composition in an distinctive way. My selective use of color was intentional, creating an intensity growing from the center, expands outward and diminishing to white to the peripheries.

Mosaic silk scarf trencadís gaudí work in progress - Daba Disseny Barcelona

After painting it, I gave it a name. It came out spontaneously: “Burst”! Perfect for a mosaic silk scarf. That’s the definition of Gaudí’s work, an explosion of colors, shapes, life… A Big Bang burst which rests on a Cartesian baseline. Universal chaos following the rational pattern of the logic of reason. The dominance of blue and turquoise on white and beige background: the Mediterranean Sea, always present.

If you want to know more about our creative process, feel free to check some more:

“Heaven & Earth”, the other design inspired by Gaudí’s Palau Güell.

Modernism and textil design: silk scarves inspired by the Hospital de Sant Pau – World Heritage Site

Exclusive designs for Casa Batlló – Gaudí on silk

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