Alex Tieghi-Walker describes himself as a tumbleweed. He grew up on the coast of South Wales, the son of an Italian ceramist and a British educational specializing in historic historical past. As a baby, he lived for a number of years in Italy at the foothills of the Alps. He went to boarding faculty in a Welsh medieval fort that dates to the twelfth century. Before attending college in northeast England, he spent the higher half of a yr residing in India, in Mumbai and Delhi. In 2009 he returned to Italy as a volunteer at the Venice Biennale. His first job took him to London, working for the international video channel Nowness. Eventually, his international peregrinations introduced him to Berkeley, the place he lived in a country redwood cabin, absorbing Northern California’s fertile tradition of meals, artwork, and design. Today he calls Los Angeles dwelling.
One of the strongest by strains of Tieghi-Walker’s peripatetic life has been his profound ardour for the people artwork and craft traditions indigenous to the far-flung locations the place he has alighted—locations that impressed him to discovered Tiwa Select, a hybrid showroom, gallery, and artist-rep company devoted to championing the work of myriad abilities who fall someplace alongside the blurry artist/artisan/maker spectrum. “Learning about a country or region’s art and craft traditions is the way I connect with particular places,” he explains. “I’d always collected antiques and strange vintage pieces, but my big aha moment came when I was visiting the Toji Temple flea market in Kyoto in 2019. Looking over the wares of these amazing vendors made me realize I wanted to throw myself into that world.”
Tieghi-Walker admits that Tiwa Select is an ever evolving enterprise, with few fastened parameters. In addition to representing artists and promoting their creations on his web site, he’s at the moment constructing an archive and useful resource information of workshops, suppliers, and fabricators, “to help artists do more incredible things,” he says. He will even be internet hosting site-specific exhibitions, like final summer season’s “Big Plates,” a present of large serving platters made by 13 artists, which was held in and round a barn in upstate New York. He’s now in the course of of organising a studio to nurture product partnerships between makers and types. “I like keeping Tiwa Select undefined. I’m not sure if I’m a gallerist, a shopkeeper, or a business agent, but I’m fine not knowing,” he insists.
For anybody interested in what Tiwa Select is all about, Tieghi-Walker’s quirky bohemian dwelling in L.A.’s Echo Park is maybe the operation’s most compelling calling card, a three-dimensional mission assertion and love letter to the magnificence and artistry of craft. Painstakingly constructed by its former proprietor round the bones of a modest Twenties cottage, the curious Sixties construction hugs its hillside website, making a sequence of cascading inside mezzanines, every with its personal perform and temper, related by a grand processional stairway. Naturally, the work of Tiwa Select’s roster is prominently featured all through, from the magical textiles of Megumi Shauna Arai to the ceramic face jugs of potter Jim McDowell to the primal types of woodworker Vince Skelly.
As meals and entertaining are important elements of the Tiwa Select ethos, the home has a dreamy sunroom for intimate lunches and a meandering backyard and courtyard, replete with a tumbling financial institution of Schiaparelli-pink bougainvillea, good for alfresco frolics. “The house really reflects the gritty, ramshackle spirit of the neighborhood,” Tieghi-Walker avers. “Echo Park is quintessentially L.A., but it also feels like a place you might find in Naples or Marseille.” For a consummate world traveler, what could possibly be higher?