Material Development of the Textil-Clay Project in Jorge Penades' Studio.
Textile-Clay is a clay-like material made out of textile waste and starch.
Starch acts as a binder. It is used on the laundry business to ease the washing process and to achieve a more robust finish when the textiles get ironed. After mixing the raw material with this binder, we borrow different manual processes and techniques from clay making in order to give shape to the objects.
Textile-Clay have two predominant advantages regarding conventional clay; First is a non-extractive material, meaning we don’t need to take anything out from earth. And second, it has a very low energetic impact because this new material does not need to be fired, glazed, and re-fired. Due to the water-based nature of the binder the finished objects just need time to dry up and become fully functional objects.