Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sculpture and Tadelakt

I checked out the book, "Tadelakt, an old Moroccan plaster technique newly discovered" by Michael Johannes Ochs. His book covers the history, the chemistry, and shows contemporary uses of tadelakt.

The traditional craft is being revived because it is hydrophobic and odorless. It has fungicidal properties. It's labor intensive. It's ethnic, it's expensive. All these give Tadelakt cachet.

I think the main reason for the revival is because it creates incredibly beautiful surfaces. 

Walls and floors have a subtle sheen and wonderful depth of color with soft variations and surface textures. There are several videos on Youtube, this one covers most of the process.

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