September 2018: Inside Out
This year you might have noticed the resurgence of terrazzo in magazines, on tiles and even printed pattern versions on the high street.
One local artisan is quite the expert at this five hundred year old technique, applying it to table tops, kitchen work-surfaces, tiles, cladding, wall art and sculptures, but it is terrazzo with a twist.
Not wanting to be restricted to fabrics and yarns while studying Textiles at Central Saint Martins, Stephanie Tudor began experimenting with “any material she could get her hands on”. Now a specialist in bespoke surface design working predominantly on a commission basis, typical clients can include “friends buying a bespoke tile to an architecture firm commissioning public sculptures”. Using jesmonite, a water-based gypsum composite resin that can be mixed with coloured pigments and metal powders, Stephanie produces fire-proof, hard wearing and ultimately unique pieces from pots to trays and splash-backs. I had to ask what the interiors trend this year has meant for her, if anything. “Terrazzo is big right now, and trends never last for long! I have definitely caught a wave of work from it which has been great, but also am reassured that my work is developing away from terrazzo effect surfaces which I am excited about.”
I’m looking forward to seeing how Stephanie’s new work turns out and am avidly following her adventures on her current artist residency in Finland - casting, moulding and firing interesting things in the woods! You can see too on instagram at @stephanie_tudor or browse more of her work and make an enquiry at www.stephanietudor.co.uk
Zoe Hewett is a designer at local interiors studio www.stylemongersofbristol.co.uk