Student Break | Daniella Saraya | An Unexpected Curve or Emotion | November 4.13

  • In her RE-COVER, Daniella Saraya searched for the humanity in the materials she chose to work with.
    I know there is a lot of thought and meaning in this breathtaking collection but when I first bummed into this graduate collection all I could think was: I want it. I want it all. At the same time, I couldn’t shut down the voice inside my head telling me that I need to find out all I can about the designer behind these larger then life rings. I mean, whoever is responsible for these oh-so-beautiful creations, needs to be center stage.
    By observing the human nature and the way layering is a force of nature, Daniella created her very own take on layering and reviling of an object. And no matter what, when you start peeling the layers, you will always find an unexpected curve or emotion. Just like when you look at this collection, you will find yourself wanting to touch, feel and explore each and every bump that will reach your fingertips.
    FYI, Daniella is a 2013 graduate of the Jewelry Design Department at the Shenkar College.
  • {Photos by Marina Moshkovich Chris}

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IllustratedBreak. November 2013 | By Harel Sheniak | November 1.13

  • Harel Sheniak plays an important part in my San Francisco journey. In fact, He and his super talented Half are our besties. Harel is one of those gifted people who can do just about everything you throw at them design wise. I mean, the guy can definitely draw but he is also one heck of a designer and the king of the tiniest icons. Having him here with his very own take on my IllustratedBreak is beyond amazing. I have a feeling that when it comes to illustrators, whenever they have time for themselves, their break is just another chance to look around, capture a moment and start dreaming about their next illustration.
    “A thin grey fog hung over the city, and the streets were very cold; for summer was in San Francisco.”
    Without further ado give it up for Mr. Sheniak and his November 2013 IllustratedBreak.
    Each month a new Desktop wallpaper will be up for grabs for you to download and jazz up your computer.
    Click to download:
    iPhone. iPad. 1024×768. 1280×1024. 1680×1050. 1900×1200. 2560×1440.

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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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