I'm fascinated with one of textile jewelry designer Inbar Shahak's latest creations. Why do I love this? Let me count the ways - Contrasts - the rough rocks with the smooth chain, round and sharp, earthy and manipulated. I asked Inbar about her creative process.
"This Black Calla necklace was specially made for Noir Exhibition in France from French basalt stones typical to the exhibition town. The black flowers were crocheted by hand and then combined with black onyx stones and basalt stones. Using everyday materials coming from people's everyday lives shows the beauty that surrounds us. Some precious things in the world do not sparkle at all."
I asked Inbar about how rocks happened to inspire her.
"The whole world to me is made out of textile. This grey word that we don’t seem to think about much represents all aspects of our life. Starting from our very own clothing and going up to industrial products for outer space.
Textile to me is the ancient work of women. In some cultures, it's their only way to express themselves or even to make their living. It is often a Sisyphean work that require observing and inner listening that is very distinctive to the rhythm of the industrial world that we are living in today. I always use traditional textile patterns and technique as my inspiration, combining it with modern materials and manufacturing methods to achieve a modern, updated and fashionable look. I find it interesting that some textiles are more expensive then gold but yet we tend to think of them as something that any child can easily tear apart. It's the perception of a textile as a timeless jewel that interests me."
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I was at a friend's house as she was doing some spring cleaning. A tattered box of old family photos was headed towards the trash. I found the photos absolutely charming and offered them a safe haven in my office.
What was it, I wondered, that made this particular photo so appealing? The subject's sense of style really struck me -- the classic black T, matched with toned arms, doe eyes and bee-stung lips. Try putting those phrases into a Google search and you'll find tons of similar photos from current magazines. The look is classic fashion. While fashion can be creative, vibrant and provocative, it's nice to know that some looks are truly timeless.
Simple & Classic is Always in Style
A recent trip to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco to view the Brooklyn Museum's Costume Collection emphasized that classic and simple is always in style.
"The Start Up Nation has Morphed into the Food & Wine Nation" - Joan Nathan
Famed Chef and Restaurateur Joan Nathan wrote a wonderful article for the about Israel's vibrant and exciting food scene. Read it here
Fun and elegant creativity set in a historic Spanish mission with a view of the Pacific - It was the perfect way to end my long week. The inaugural runway show of PiVot: The Art of Fashion was a great success and wonderful diversion. Santa Cruz is a small beach town, but it's filled with artists, Tech escapees from Silicon Valley and assorted free spirits (I was downtown on October 31st for lunch and I couldn't tell whether some people where dressed in costumes for the holiday or whether it was their ordinary attire (more on that later). That gives you a sense of the town. Not to mention that The Lost Boys was filmed here.). There's something magical that happens when you combine the sun, ocean and a vibrant art scene. Check out PiVot's Facebook page - you are sure to hear more about these young and inventive designers, including one of my favorites - Christina Morgan Cree, who is featured on StyleMitzvah.