The piece started with a chance encounter with some flooring tiles that had been left out in the street near Gilder’s flat in London. They had been removed from the local kebab shop during its well-needed refurbishment.
After cleaning them up they were assembled into cube structures, obscuring their original function as flooring, ‘repurposing’ them into a more solid-looking form by hand-embroidering through each of the tiles.
These tiles are then, through the stitch work, designed to resemble one of the most basic materials in sculpture—marble. The running stitches taking the place of the veins that run through marble. Marble a very solid, heavy, expensive and permanent material, is now mimicked in a budget sponge-like floor tile that can be flat-packed and transported with multi-functional possibilities.