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lamesadevenn: Part Seven

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In this series, trace the story of lamesadevenn, a green live/work space in Santa Fe, New Mexico, created for two community groups, La Mesita and La Resolana. Rather than simply becoming a building that addresses the structural needs of the groups, lamesadevenn seeks to embody their values of sustainability, experiential education, and community involvement. Part 7: Maya Tile.

It’s been a bumpy ride, to say the least: lamesadevenn’s quixotic quest to create the Rancho, a building that generates…
The idea behind Maya Tile was hatched over a decade ago, when Antolewicz was working with glass artistry in the…
Joined by soon-to-be-hubby Ryan Helean, Antolewicz stepped away from Tesuque and embarked on a journey many dream of,…
Today, Maya Tile’s a full-fledged business just outside Santa Fe, but it’s lost nothing of its originality. Each tile…
The tile is then framed and flooded with liquid rubber, which sets into solid rubber to create a master mold. This…
A second mold is then created, this time by setting the wax clone in a wooden frame, and filling it with a plaster mix…
The emptied plaster mold is then loaded with exact measurements of crushed glass and slid into a kiln, roaring at 1,500…
As a founding member of lamesadevenn, Alba was intrigued by the unique history and process of Maya Tile. As an…
Alba knew immediately that he wanted to tiles to be placed in a spot that couldn’t be missed: the front door. Helean…
And so was christened the entrance of Santa Fe’s most elusive architectural endeavor. Like so many other artists and…
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