Rrres‘Since living here, the designs have become more abstract and as a result they feel more sincere. Now I am immersed in the culture, I feel I can get to the point in a simpler way’
When Rrres (meaning ‘nothing’ in Catalan) was founded in 2014, Javier Reyes started working with artisans in his native Dominican Republic, but a trip to Mexico and his subsequent research into its visual and cultural history drew him in. There, the Zapotec people of Teotitlan del Valle became an inspiration to the extent that last year, he moved from Barcelona to Oaxaca.
At that point, he had been living and working with weavers in the region for a few months at a time over the past three years, but was struggling to create designs that spoke of the inner worlds and 4,000 years of ancestral knowledge that he felt were so present in the community: ‘To begin with I approached themes in quite a literal way, but I was trying to say something that people have their own ideas of. Since living here, the designs have become more abstract and as a result they feel more sincere. Now I am immersed in the culture, I feel I can get to the point in a simpler way.’
The minimal flatweaves are made from Puebla wool on a cotton weft. They have a talismanic look, emanating straightforward style, appealing not only to savvy buyers and Mexican architects, but also to a new generation of Zapotec weavers; six out of the twelve that Rrres currently employs are under forty. Forays into ceramics will come next. ‘I’m like a kid playing. I find a technique and then want to experiment with it,’ says Reyes. RM www.rrrrrr.es
01 Grid of Objects rugs N. 01 and N. 02, Rrres