Sholi Strauss | Piglet Kettles Can Exist | January 27.15

  • I have mixed emotions with kettles. I mean… we all use them but since moving to the US, I found out that their kettles aren’t my kettles. And so, when I found out about Sholi Strauss’ experiment with kettles, 30 of them (to be precise), my heart started singing. Apparently not much has changed in the world of kettles for the last thousand years and that’s exactly why Sholi decided to do something about it.
    Sholi’s mini kettles keep their functional parts: container, handle, spout and sometimes lid. His design isn’t asking to create a new functional kettle. In his own (sometimes hilarious or even cynical) way, Sholi comments on the old designs while using culture, storytelling, imagery and imagination as his main tools. And the outcome is a series of 30 (!!!) 3d printed mini kettles.
    In case you are visiting Israel, you can find them all at Sholi’s solo exhibition “Rattle The Kettle” at The Corinne Maman Museum of Philistine Culture in Ashdod.
  • {DesignBreak found Sholi here}

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Broken Telephone | The Next Best Artistic Experiment | January 22.15

  • Usually I don’t write about art performances. I’m not really sure why. However, when Yael Shinkar, the lightning force behind Broken Telephone, asked me to help spread the word, I couldn’t say no.
    I think I was drawn to the playfulness behind this project. You can call it an artistic experiment, if you may.
    20 artists “whispering” to one another a chain of creations. Music. Theater. Dance. Animation. Video. Spoken word. Performing art. You will find them all in this crazy ambitious multidisciplinary show.
    So, how exactly does it work?
    Each artist received only the “whisper” of the artist that came before, which will inspire the creation of his own “whisper”. From there, it will be passed on to the next artist for yet another “whisper” and so on and on.
    Broken Telephone tries to arouse a discussion about art and the connection between different mediums.”
    And if you ask yourself why am I telling you all this? The answer is that I would love to see this rad idea come to life. It will only happen if these brilliant artist will raise enough money. And so, if you want to get an accurate explanation, you should watch their video and after doing so, I’m sure you won’t mind helping these guys and spare a dollar or two.

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Penumbra Jewelry | Imperfect Moments | January 20.15

  • Amit Tourgeman, the one behind the mysterious Penumbra Jewelry, not only has a way with words, but also with the way he perceives the world. In his eyes “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful, just like in life” and I couldn’t agree more.
    Amit’s jewelry tells his stories, others stories but always, real-life stories. He makes each and everyone of them with his bare hands with the clear intention not to produce two identical pieces. Each holds a different stain, a different scratch, courageous hammering in a moment of insanity that might destroy it all but also might reveal something new and exciting that he didn’t think of. In Amit’s world misfits and tiny coincidences play a big role and the outcome is always touching and surprising. There is something quite dark and daring in the way he creates and preserves his art.
    Just one more thing, if I were you, I would follow his Instagram account. So many beautiful moments hiding over there.
    You can get in touch with Amit at: penumbrajewelry {at} gmail {dot} com

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Katz & Birds | Get The Cool Shoe Shine | January 13.15

  • When you wake up every 3 hours to feed your mini me, good things can happen. Even at 3AM (!!!) And when I say good things, I usually refer to shoes.
    Katz & Birds by Hadas Katz, found it’s way to my facebook feed and I couldn’t be any happier.
    Side note: it’s been months since I checked my facebook feed, but I’m sure glad I decided to do so, only to find out about Hadas and her magical shoes. OK. Now, back to the shoes.
    The second I laid my eyes on Hadas’ shoes, I fell in love with the old fashioned hand embroidery and these shiny beads. It reminded me of all those classes I took as a child. And yeah, they involved lots of shiny beads and lots of embroidery.
    Did I mention how much I love wearing a pair of shoes that no one has ever seen before? I have a feeling that it’s going to be the case with Katz & Birds. The only thing left to do is decide which one I should claim as mine. Do you have a favorite? Would love to hear your opinion! I’m a bit lost and love them all.

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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone! | January 12.15

  • Is there such a thing as an “Israeli illustration”? If so, what characterizes it? Where do “comfort zone” and “war zone” meet? What happens when the political defines the personal and vice versa?
    So many questions BUT… let’s start from the beginning.
    Avital Manor is my hero. She is also the curator behind Comfort Zone, an exhibition taking place at the Binyamin Gallery in Tel Aviv, with some of my all times fave Israeli illustrators.
    I’ve heard so much about the process behind the scenes and all I can say is: I have mad respect for Avital and all these young illustrators. These guys will do everything in their power to show their art, their way and in their own terms. I guess this is also part of them getting out of their comfort zone, leaving their sketchbooks and screens behind and coming front and center with their art.
    “In this exhibition we wish to confront the idea behind a ‘Comfort Zone’ and its meaning for a new generation of illustrators working today in Israel; A generation born and raised into a digital narcissistic reality, where each moment their actions are judged by society over photos and status-updates – an endless trial whose verdict changes, and even reverses, every second; A generation that, even before they have ‘earned’ the habits and patterns which define their own comfort zone, are asked to leave it; A generation of excessive self-awareness, whose every action is given an almost immediate feedback.”
    Just one more thing that I need to mention, the illustrations are being displayed inside light-boxes, which I love. Such a brilliant way to showcase all these beautiful illustrations while adding another dimension to this illustrated party.
  • {Illustrations from top to bottom by: Einat Tsarfati, Keren Tagar, Niv Tishbi, Alon Braier and Lihie Jacob}

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Mia Mélange | Drawing Lines Like No Other | January 8.15

  • Whenever I receive an email from one of Shenkar College‘s textile design graduates, my heart skips a beat.
    I have such a soft spot for this wonderful department… Anyways, I’m only telling you this because when Mia Danieli, the one behind Mia Mélange, wrote me about her new collections, I wasn’t expecting to see ceramic creations among them. However, I’m not complaining. Not a bit. I love Mia’s line drawings of these oh-so-charming creatures under the sea. You can’t beat a good old line drawing, especially when it comes on a plate. Right? Oh but wait… there is more. Mia is also playing around with sewing baskets. Damn pretty baskets. After all, textile runs in her veins. In a way, her baskets, are also a textile show of line drawing. So minimal and delicate and so so beautiful.

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His name is Leo and he is my mini me! | January 6.15

  • Psst… I’m alive!
    I can’t believe it’s been two months since I last posted and even before that things didn’t really go my way.
    I’m pretty sure I shared with you that I was pregnant and that it wasn’t quite what I expected it to be. It was long and difficult BUT… On November 11, a tiny person entered into this world. A tiny human, who is all mine. Yep, I’m a mom and I still can’t believe it myself. Since my Leo arrived, I’ve been living inside a bubble and wasn’t able to do much other than stare and try to figure out what to do with this mini creature that stares right back at me.
    Things are still blurry and I’m not sure how it’s going to work but one thing I know for sure is that I missed my DesignBreak. I missed blogging and I missed being surrounded by mad design. Since we live in San Francisco and it’s just me and the Mister, I need to find a way to make our new reality work and I will! Things might be a bit slow at first around here but I hope that you’ll be patient with me and want to stick around.
    While I was away, I kept a list of all those designers that I discovered and need to share with you. Little by little I’m going to start working on all these exciting posts and you’ll be the first to hear about it.
    In the meanwhile, I’ll be popping from time to time on Instagram and will be sharing a glimpse of my new life and the tiny person that joined me. But don’t you worry, I’m not turning into a mommy blogger, it’s not in me. I might share with you all those designed toys (and socks) that I’m obsessed with these days but that’s about it.
    Well… it’s an unfamiliar feeling for me but I’m ready to see what’s next and how I can be and do all these things that make me, me.
    So for now, I’m leaving you with a little pic of my mini me and his foxy friend, Henry.
    {Photo by me}

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Student Break | Adi Lev Dori | Floating Ink | November 4.14

  • It’s been too long since I shared with you any of my favorite projects out of the 2014 graduate projects.
    I know, I know, the graduate shows took place ages ago, but who cares!
    Adi Lev Dori is a graduate of the Jewelry Design Department at Shenkar College. Her The Shape of Ink project took me by surprise.
    The Shape of Ink draws inspiration from the world of Body Modifications.
    The lines of each jewel, float just above the surface of the body, adding another dimension to the contour tattooed on the skin…”
    I’m not your average tattoo gal but something about these minimalistic black geometric lines made me take a second and then third look.
    There is no doubt that these floating accessories are a statement piece. However, if you like me, still want to own a piece of Adi’s minimal world and can’t pull off this extreme look, head over to her Etsy Shop. I found there a gem or two that I won’t mind rocking.

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