Sivan Askayo | Tel Aviv Blues | October 31.13

  • I’m not sure if you noticed or not but at least some of my friends told me that I’ve been under the radar for quite some time… I’m not really sure what it is, maybe the cold weather or the fact that I’m starting to miss home. I know that I have to snap out of my moody mode and the only thing that can help is the Tel Avivian beach and the sunny weather (after all I won’t find sunny weather any time soon in San Francisco). I asked my sweet friend (who happens to be a brilliant photographer) Sivan Askayo, to share with us some of the latest photographs she took while in Tel Aviv. And guess what? She knows me too well, because the only pics she sent over were the ones of the beach. OK, OK, also some foodie pics. Anyways, I’m starting to fantasize about my home visit which will be around April and this post is making things a lot better and gets me in the right mood.
    In case you want to see a lot more from Sivan, you should check her photogenic blog and don’t miss her posts about Tel Aviv (in case you want to visit. And you should!) My favorite posts are: Kiss and Tel Aviv, Summer in The City, Tel Aviv VS Paris and Vintaging Jaffa, a Colorful Tour in My Favorite Vibrant Flea Market.
  • {Photos by Sivan Askayo}

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Michal Fargo | Rocks. Ceramic Rocks. | October 29.13

  • I’ve been following Michal Fargo‘s ceramic steps, ever since she began working on her graduation project at the Bezalel Academy, back in 2011. I was so intrigued by her unique approach that I had to interview her. Ever since, I couldn’t stop admiring Michal’s artistic growth. This girl creates like there is no tomorrow and it shows! After going through her works, I realized that I have to write about Else. It’s the project which is most associated with Michal and one of my favorites. In Else (which started as her graduate project), Michal used sponge models and dipped them into specific composed porcelain mix. Then, the mold was eliminated from the process, and a new kind of surface was born.
    In her work, Michal is driven by textures, materials and non-traditional working methods and the outcome, each and every time, is so so different from anything I have seen before.
    BTW, you should hear Michal talking about her work. You have to! It all makes sense after you see and hear about her process.
  • {Photos by Mel Bergman}

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My San Francisco Break | Days of My Life in The City | October 28.13

  • The last weeks feel like a blur. I mean, it turns out that I’ve been visiting places and for some reason I forgot to mention some of them in my previous My San Francisco Break posts and now is the perfect time to look back and make things right. So… Sausalito. I’ve been there once before and didn’t think much of it but when I came back on a sunny day while it as freezing back home in San Francisco, I fell in love with it and it’s glorious view of the city. Plus, there I found at Lappert’s the ice-cream sandwich of my dreams. Oh and the ferry ride wasn’t too shabby as well. Moving on was the time I met my friend Kat for a stylish tea date at Taste tea house and all I had to do was look up and I found the most colorful building aka The Ivy Hotel. I know, it’s crazy how beautiful and happy most of the SF buildings look like. I definitely didn’t see that back home in Tel Aviv.
  • And then was the time I went to the Re:Make fair and met the most talented artist Courtney Cerruti and her outargues line illustrations! In case you are wondering, of course I bought one of these. Can you guess which one? And don’t worry, I’ll be writing a lot more about Courtney and her artistic world in the near future. That’s a promise!
  • I also visited the Mr’s office in Sunnyvale and met this super adorable Sunnyvale snail who greeted for a good morning. Sweet. I know.
  • If you follow a bunch of SF instagramers, just like I do, you get to find out about all those SF gems. It’s like having an updated by the minute tour guide. Anyways, that’s how I found out about Flora Grubb Gardens. I’m not your average green thumb kind of person although I LOVE flowers. However this place is not about flowers. Here you can find just about any succulent you ever dreamt of and then some… Even I couldn’t leave without adding a few mini succulents to my shopping bag. Oh and… I also couldn’t stop staring and taking lots and lots pictures of the wall of chairs. Isn’t it the most brilliant display of chairs you’ve ever seen?!
  • There are times when I don’t really feel quite like myself but the street art and especially the illustrated sideways of the city cheer me up in no time. Strange but it works each and every time like a charm.
    You see, I have a thing for shoes and #MyShoeBreak is out of control in my instagram account.
  • And last but definitely no least was the time I met the most gorgeous succulents wall at Bumble in Los Gatos. It was the highlight of that day trip outside gloomy San Francisco. As you can see I’m turning into some kind of a succulent monster.
    {Photos by me}

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Miki Mottes | The Rabtus Exchange Program | October 24.13

  • If you’ve been here for a while, yo probably know that I’m a big fan of Miki Mottes and his illustrated character, Rabtus. Rabtus is a green rabbitcactus, who usually appears alongside Cumber (a friendly cucumber). Miki decided that it was time to spice things up and so turned to 40 talented illustrators from over 15 countries and asked them to illustrate their personal interpretation of Rabtus in their own artistic style. And Miki? He gave his own personal interpretation to one of their characters.
    “I first created the prototype of Rabtus when I was 6 years old and Cumber followed shortly
    after. So naturally, we grew up together. The idea for The Rabtus Exchange Program came up
    after visiting numerous illustrators’ exhibitions around the world? I wanted Rabtus to see the
    world and the world to get to know Rabtus.”
    The Rabtus Exchange Program is an international celebration of collaboration, illustrations, styles and humor which will take place in Tel Aviv starting October 31th for one week.
    On a side note: you should watch the story of Rabtus & Cumber. It’s smiles all over.
  • {Nathan Jurevicius’ Scary Girl, illustrated by Miki Mottes}

  • {The original Rabtus by Miki Mottes // Nathan Jurevicius’ version}

  • {Matias Vigliano’s version}

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Student Break | Neta Tesler | Knot The Knot | October 23.13

  • I have a strong feeling that the freezing weather (that I wasn’t prepared for) is what is drawing me to Neta Tesler’s textile furniture. These furniture are clearly inspired by the world of seamanship and I’m in love with the playful aspect of these KNOT-N-KNOT knots.
    While researching the world of Popeye the Sailor Man, Neta came up with a world of oppositions: hard and soft, hot and cold, high and low, heavy and light, which all came together in her down to earth creations.
    I can definitely see a sea of knotted objects in Neta’s future and I’ll get back to you and report on the latest developments.
    BTW, Neta is a 2013 graduate of the Textile Design Department at the Shenkar College.
  • {Photos by Itamar Israeli}

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Student Break | Nurit Benchetrit | Gingers! | October 22.13

  • “Researchers claim that within fifty years the ginger population will be extinct.” I must admit that non of my friends are gingers. And with that being said, I love my very own freckles (and I have so many of them) and I’m guessing that all gingers out there love theirs.
    Another fun fact is that “only 1% of the world’s population are gingers.” In her Ginger Project, Nurit Benchetrit, a graduate of the Department of Visual Communication at The NB Haifa School of Design, was trying to investigate why gingers are so special and intriguing. She photographed almost 150 gingers and the outcome is red, hot and touching all at the same time. After all, I’m always curious about the people the stare right back at me. Aren’t you?

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Clowns & Crowns | A Whimsical Journey of Dots and Lines | October 21.13

  • Whenever I hear about a new stationary line I need to check it out so… When Liat Summerfield shared with me her Clowns & Crowns collection I was intrigued. First by the super fun and charming name and then by the whimsical illustrations. With this new adventure, Liat draws thousands of dots and lines in order to make this magic happen. I’m blown away by all the massive details in each and every illustration and… I think that I should also mention that Liat would love to get your support in making this illustrated journey a reality with her Kickstarter Campaign.
    You can get in touch with Liat at: liatnahum {at} walla {dot} co {dot} il

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Student Break | Galit Barak | A Hidden World Within A Line | October 18.13

  • Galit Barak isn’t afraid to feel and speak about her fears and pains through her jewelry. And this time with her graduate collection out of the Jewelry Design Department at the Shenkar College is no different.
    In [don't] Cast Me Away, Galit explores the gap between the preservation of the aged body by society and its natural declining and extinction.
    “The jewelry in the project was designed by observing abandoned and collapsed buildings, scaffoldings and supporting beams: elements that combine the subjects of extinction and coming death with the field of goldsmith.”
    With each and every collection that Galit creates, she manages to bring me one step closer to her unspoken and hidden world. Oh and I didn’t even begin to talk about her delicate lines and her extraordinary minimalistic touch.

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