On our rug journey, finding tufting heaven and tons of yarn.
Pictures: Marek Swoboda
Studying at the Design School we had this small room at the back of the loom workshop where two tufting frames and a couple of tufting guns was more than enough to do the rug magic. We would be free to test whatever idea we had in mind and this is where we fell in love with hand tufting. The technique that is perfect for the inpatient - you see the effects immediately which makes it perfect for testing and experimenting.
The desire to test our unrealised student ideas and apply it to a full-scale rug came to us when we started to work together on our common design studio witek golik. We both had made experimental hand-tufted rugs for our graduation projects and had an appetite for more. Our dream was to test our texture and surface investigations and show it to the public.
In the summer 2016 we were touring around Europe with Sisse’s 8-month old baby on board looking for a rug producer. We found a small unit and to say more, located an hour drive from Martyna’s hometown in Poland!
This very rug project became the starting point for our long-term collaboration with this little manufacture. Having visited it many times in the past 2 years and working closely with the team, it started to feel like we found our post-graduation rug workshop!
Working at the factory, we were surrounded by shelves bending under the weight of the material. Yarn in various qualities, most amazing colors, all in top quality wool. We became quite surprised when we found out those are all post-production leftovers! All those tons of beautiful yarn were never to be used again.
Talking with the factory owners, we learned that for the rug production, around 30% more yarn is dyed to ensure matching tone and best quality. Some of the yarn comes also from projects that were not completed and similar. In result much yarn gets set aside and is used for small tests or is simply on its way to be thrown away. And that is just one small production unit!
Our immediate thought was, “hey, why don’t we use this yarn and turn it into our own rugs?” That was the moment when the idea for Posé Posê got born and when we formed what it will stand for.
We sorted out the yarn, weighted it and put numbers on all the color groups. That was actually the beginning of the design process, where the colors, their qualities and amounts dictated the design brief for our products.
Working for 3 years with the conventional textile industry we realized there is a lot of space for improvements. Being a designer is also about questioning how your things are produced and about finding ways to make things better.
We saw a potential in all the yarn and felt we needed to find our way to put it back in the production. Instead of producing new yarn we went with a business model that allows us to use this limited leftover yarn for small-scale production of unique products.
Now we are here, launching our first less-waste collection of textiles and waiting to see where this journey will take us!