• Textile designers fascinate me. I can’t really explain why but they do. After stumbling upon Tali Furman’s world of beautiful prints, I decided that I need to dig deep and find out a lot more, about this next big thing in the textile world.
    Say hello to Tali and her one of a kind prints.
    {Photos by Noa Kedmi}
I’d love to hear about you, your journey, how it all began.
Well, I think that each day my journey begins over and over again. When I was young I didn’t consider myself a very talented person. Until the age of 23 I didn’t even know I can draw! When I first started my studies at the Textile Design Department at Shenkar College, I realized that engaging with aesthetics comes really natural to me.
Early on I realized I have a talent for arranging different images and materials together and placing them in new context.
These days I’m working as a designer at Golf & Co.
Can you describe your work process for me?
I start by collecting images that I find interesting. Many of them don’t have a common theme but I see how they complete each other by color, form and feeling and so see a theme where it doesn’t usually exist. My process also includes drawing on fabrics, especially on silk. Most of my prints combine photography, digital scanning and hand drawing. Sometimes when I look back at prints I created I can’t even remember what came first, colors, scanning or drawings. These days I’m starting to work on a new visual project that is all inspired by fixed forms and stencils.
Which materials do you work with?
I work a lot with collages of photos that I take… My scanner is my best friend and I love silk and cotton.
My favorite thing is reactive colors for fabrics, they are amazing and can be easily manipulated.
What is the most unusual piece you have ever designed?
These days I’m working on embossed vases for Golf & Co. It is really fun to apply patterns to a 3D mold.
As a student I worked with a ceramic designer named Naomi Shousberger. At her studio I learned about printing directly on porcelain and combining textile prints with ceramics.
Now that you are done with your studies, what’s next? What is your dream?
When I finished my studies I immediately started working at Golf & Co as a designer. I just know discovered that my academic journey might start all over again. I’ve been offered a place to study at The Royal College of Art in 2012/13, at their Textiles Department so as we speak, I’m busy looking for scholarships.

I’m curious to know where does your inspiration come from?
I find periods of art in history very fascinating, the fact that artists and designers would spend years of their time creating, each with their own uniqueness and specialty. My favorite periods in art are Baroque and Rococo. My inspiration comes from lots of places, I really like spending time in down towns areas every where I go. Also as an immigrant myself, immigration realities are very close to my heart.

Recently I found inspiration in paintings of ports in Europe. I love sea creatures and I have a feeling that fish prints will be the next big thing in fashion and interior design.

Can you tell me which designers inspire you?
Lets see… Mary Katrantzou, Timorous Beasties, Jonathan Saunders and the Hermès brand. Actually my dream is to work at Hermès…

Also there are a few young designers that inspire me: fashion designer Mark Goldenberg, the young textile photographer Noa Kedmi and illustrator Alina Gorban.

As a member of the community of young designers I think that it’s very important to be inspired by your friends.

Can you tell me which web sites and blogs you visit regularly?
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Dream until your dream comes true.”
If you had an extra hour each day what would you do with it?
I would call my sister. She is 16 and I can’t find enough time in the day to spend with her like I wish I could.