Katie Thomas- A wee week with Tactility Factory!

11-13-2014_BLOG_PIC_01At the end of September Tactility Factory had great pleasure in  hosting Katie Thomas, surface design graduate and thinker/ maker from Wales/ London – @Catrainer

Below are Katie’s thoughts – apologies for posting rather late

It’s been a really wonderful and informative week at Tactility Factory. I’ve had the opportunity to gain first hand experience of a business that has deep roots in experimentation and material innovation which is right up my street.  It’s been particularly inspiring to be at Tactility Factory because they are not not only expanding on a commercial scale but continually developing their use of new materials, ideas and design. On a practical side, it was joyous being able to do a few pours with the team- rolling my sleeves up and mixing concrete to cast samples.  However, what has been even more of a learning curve is being set some research tasks, that aim to inform the ever- growing company. Everyone at Tactility Factory are truly lovely and open to my input, which can be a rare experience in the “Design” world so Thank You Very Much! I look forward to working with TF again soon!

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TF in Material ConneXion, New York

Great to see people really engaging with Tactility Factory infused concrete in Material ConneXion in New York.


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TF busy in New York

Corin’s out ‘Networking’ in New York – or ‘Interweaving’ as the TF Team likes to think of it!

Anyway – we are happy for all the feedback and comments – send any to @Tact_Fact or email

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Tactility Factory in Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Collection- NOW ONLINE


5 of Tactility Factory’s surfaces can now be found in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Online Collection.

There were purchased a few years ago so represent almost another era for us. Nevertheless we are very proud to see them online and accessible to view by anyone and everyone.

Go to and search for ‘tactility factory’

And of course visit the other work – some inspiring stuff!

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End of the year shows

Always interesting to see the work of new surface designers who have an interest in concrete and textiles

And especial thanks to Katie Thomas who has just completed her BA Surface Design at the London College of Communication for sharing her lovely work with us.


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Wanted: A Creative Concrete Workshop Intern


Tactility Factory is looking for a Creative-Concrete Workshop Intern to join the team

It’s a full time role for 3months.

At the end of which time there may be the opportunity of a full time position with opportunities for exciting and innovative career development

If you are interested email us for job details – put as your email subject line ‘CCW Internship’ and we will forward details

– but do so quickly since closing date is Friday 27th June, 2014 and Interview dates are Friday 4th or Monday 7th July, 2014

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Off on business


TF is busy…out visiting, meeting, show-and-telling with neatly packaged (high-rise-like) samples ..ready to go

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Tactility Factory’s NEW CEO


Our New CEO, Corin Hawthorne, landed running in his new role…. so much so that we haven’t had time to make this official announcement!

Corin has over 20 years experience working at the top end of interior fit-out, working on large high specification projects, Prime & Superprime homes, and cruise ship interiors internationally.

Notable projects include: One Hyde Park, Disneyland Paris, McLaren Technology Centre, Harrods, Selfridges, The Knightsbridge, London Hilton Metropole, The Scottish Parliament, and Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane.

So Corin’s knowledge and expertise is EXACTLY what Tactility Factory needs and we look forward to a bright, energetic, dynamic future.

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US Patent : ‘a notice of allowance’


Good News for TF: we obtained ‘a notice of allowance’  (end of March 2014) to obtain a US patent for the technology we developed and use in Tactility Factory.

‘Notice of allowance’ means once we pay the prerequisite fees (!) we will receive a US patent.

The process of patenting the technology began in Feb 2009 so that’s over 5years to bring it to this stage. That’s a long time! but it’s a significant marker for Tactility Factory founders to obtain a US patent!


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Investment and Tetrahedrons

On Feb 6th we announced ‘the successful completion of an investment from the University of Ulster Innovation Fund and Queen’s University Belfast Innovation Fund.’ 

That investment will allow us to move to new premises (still within Weavers’ Court) and bring on new staff!

We’ll be moving into a large production shed and at its heart we will place a new office space – triangular in plan with a tetrahedron roof.

By the end of the summer we are hoping to have compiled a list entitled  ’10 reasons to work under a tetrahedron’

TF, as ever, setting new trends…..

with of course the help of Terry Design

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