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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