The tile has always been a window that has allowed us to glimpse the rich past of our culture. Varied sceneries of our history can be appreciated in the art of Anabela Cardoso, whose office located in the Calçada de São Vicente, nº 62, tries to fight this figure that is incontestable in our lives, that of Mr. time.
Anabela started her apprenticeship early. As soon as she turned 17 years, she started working at the office of the maestro Angelo, in Verdizela, in Fonte da Telha. She frequented the art school António Arroio and, throughout her life, she performed various functions and positions. She mastered the representation of the single figure (figura avulso), patterns, albarradas and the evolution of her skill inspired her to open her first office in Rua Martins Moniz about 20 years ago. At any rate, ever since discovering this world, she can’t picture herself doing anything else. About six years ago, she decided to move open the present store, with her name.
The focus of of the work done in the office is on the restoration of tiles, a task that requires equal parts of talent and perseverance. According to Anabela, the restoration can’t overlook the original work. Her tiles, as she comically puts, "can’t be screaming that they don’t belong there". There is, therefore, a great deal of care to certify, for example, that the tints of ink are similar, that the imperfections of the original work are replicated ... Recreating the motiffs is not always easy, but as a result of her vast experience , as well as reference material, Anabela always guarantees a quality work. It should be noted that the function of removing and reapplying tiles is not contemplated, and furthermore, the companies that do it, are actually Anabela’s costumers, thus creating an important synergy for the preservation of Portugal’s cultural heritage.
The business, however, doesn’t do just restoration. It also opens the door to the art of creation and many are the creations that come out of the of Anabela’s hands. She made use of several ancient techniques, pick - pointing drawing, plaster casting (spanish arabian tile) and the dry-string. The house even has two furnaces for the process of cooking the tiles.
So far the greatest order has been a panel for overseas, however, the business also deals with many orders and Portuguese visits. Actually, the simple facto of getting into the store can be, at times, a challenge. The tile art felt, fortunately, a revival in recent years, which, in turn increases the appeal of the store.
Discover and experience live this bit of portuguese knowledge, brought to us by the mastery of Anabela.