Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Women And A Fish

At first it was a Topsy Turvy doll, then I teared off the skirt, and it became a women and a fish.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


Based on the worry doll structure, which includes a button and wire, I created these two miniature creatures.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Topsy Turvy

For a long time, I have been curious about Topsy Turvy dolls, which are one doll with two heads:
You can see only one side of it at a time, and when flipping its skirt up (or down), the other side is revealed.
As a little girl, I owned one which told the entire story of Little Red Riding Hood. One side was Little Red Riding Hood, the other one was her grandmother, and when moving the hat to the other side of the head, the face of the evil wolf appeared.

I was always fascinated by the Topsy Turvy concept, but it was only a few months ago that I started researching and learning more about the history of these dolls. The original ones were created before the American Civil War, in southern plantations where slavery was prominent. One side of the doll was black, while the other one was white. There are many theories about them and about how they reflect the complicated situation between blacks and whites.
In some way, the dolls represent two groups of people living at the same time, in the same country;
I tried to create one Topsy Turvy doll by myself, and this is the first one I made, which is very simple and basic. I still work on others, which I will share here soon.
 Meanwhile, I was asked by students who attended several of my workshops to conduct a monthly workshop series, where they could bring projects they had already started, or begin new ones here. Such workshops offer inspiration, guidance (when needed), a steady work routine, well as the opportunity to share their work with others. I decided to give it a try – the series will take place on the last Friday of each month (except for the first meeting, which will take place on Friday, February 20).
From my experience, open workshops can sometimes be very confusing when there is no central concept, so I thought that each meeting will begin with a theme that I will shortly present and discuss, which will serve as a suggestion, and each participant will choose if and how to reference this theme in their own work.
Well, I suppose you have already guessed the subject of the first meeting...
E-mail or phone- 0507387627 me if you would like to join.

Another workshop I will host at my home studio will be a weaving workshop by Yonit Kristal, who is known for her research and preservation of old crafts. This time she will teach freeform creative weaving.
The workshop will take place on Friday, March 13, between 9:00-13:30.
After the workshop, she will sell the beautiful wool she spins and dyes by herself. You can take a look at her website here.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Worry Dolls

For a long time, I have wanted to create worry dolls based on the ancient Guatemalan myths and artifacts. 
A therapist I work with, who conducts workshops for parents and kids at Children at Risk centers, stumbled upon these dolls, and asked me if we can conduct a workshop based upon this myth. 
I was trying to figure out a way for young kids to create these dolls in a short timeframe (we only had 90 minutes for each workshop), so I created some beforehand. 
All the dolls have a tiny wire construction inside. They started out with only the wire (the smaller ones), but then I added a button for the heads, which worked better. 
The wire construction was covered with tight bands of fabric, similar to the method I use in my wrapping technique. The last steps were embroidering the facial features and sewing the tiny clothes. 
I had great fun making those, since I have always liked challenges that make me think and create different stuff than I usually do.  

For the kids, the process proved to be quite challenging as well. I had two meetings with each group, so during the first one we created simple dolls using the wrapping technique, which was good exercise. Still, creating those dolls required a lot of help, and I assume it is the miniature size that makes it much more complicated. 
Even though, by the end of 90 minutes, they came up with these charming little figures, some of the stories they told about them were quite sad – which I assume is evident. 


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Karolina Doll

I was asked to design a doll for Karolina an Israeli singer, I have done some of those portrait dolls before, but each time it is a new challenge. 
Karolina has very familiar look with her afro haircut, I spent few hours to look for some curly wool, while I gave up finding something that looks like her hair I decided to crochet it, after few experiments , I found out that the best thread for it is an ordinary embroidery thread which I crocheted with thick hook (no. 7) It was her request to sew the dress out of speckled fabric.
Design the dress pattern was an issue as well; it was quite difficult to catch her unique style in such a small size, all the doll is 20 cm. 
It was Karolina request to have cherry earrings for the doll; those were fun to make just like creating the tiny ears. It was obvious that the doll need a little tiny felt guitar as well.
Face was definitely the most complicated part, at first I just draw the lines with the magic disappearing embroidery pen, but it changed a lot during the embroidery process, , and I embroidered the facial features few times till it was satisfying, since it was such a small piece of cloth I had to unpick the all piece and actually  created three different versions of the face.It was more than two weeks of work, it is always very intense and stressful to create that portrait dolls, and it is not simple to put a person, into less than 20 cm of cloth. 
But well here she is, soon after the doll was done we went to a tour around the neighborhood.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Overcoat turned into a Button, the story of Joseph

 During the past week I have been busy with this custom order of Joseph's Little Overcoat, which I created for a storytelling show at the Hiriya Ecological Park. It is based, of course, on the children's book Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, which was written by Simms Taback, and inspired by the Yiddish song I Had a Little Overcoat. It tells the story of Joseph the tailor, who turned his old overcoat into a...
And, finally, when even the kerchief became worn out, he made a button out of it.