EXMORE, VA -- New Ravenna, America’s premier designer and manufacturer of mosaics for both residential and commercial installations, is pleased to introduce Tissé, a collection of 23 mosaic designs inspired by international weaving techniques and textiles.

Tissé, which means "to weave" in French, explores the structure of the raw materials and techniques of heritage designs used in textiles and upholstery. Traditional fibers like Rattan, Jute and Esparto are interpreted in stone colors that represent the original plant strands. Woven designs like Tweed, Gingham Chevron, Cabin Weave, Wicker and Twill Ombre were designed first by separating fabric threads to understand how the textile was created. For the Cardigan and Cable Knit mosaics, individual stitches were photographed and enlarged to recreate the intricate permuting patterns. Thomas, Corduroy and Cane Weave emulate the three-dimensional quality of heavily textured materials and are suitable for vertical installations. Either subtle or dramatic contrasting color patterns are the highlight of Maya, Perseid, Indira and Ziggurat. 

Individual stone pieces were then hand cut, tumbled or given a Venetian (pillowed) effect to soften the stone with a more rounded finish. Darker grout was applied to create shadows and depth between each piece of stone, glass, and shell.

Cean Irminger, creative director, said, “There’s something satisfying but challenging about following a thread from its start to finish as it weaves and works its way into a pattern. As mosaic makers we tend to naturally notice the interplay of separate parts that make up the finished piece. Though in the past we have referenced traditional textiles for pattern, with Tissé we wanted to focus on the techniques and textures of woven goods, by deconstructing them down to single stitches. It became a gratifying puzzle to visually transform stone into soft, dimensional, interweaving fibers. It also highlighted for me the deep similarities between these two ancient disciplines of handmade craft, where every stitch or stone is vitally important to the success of the whole.”

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