Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Weirdos

It is summertime again, and I finally have much more time to spend at the studio. But suddenly I felt the familiar "Blank Page" fear, so I grabbed some scraps: Crocheted body parts, hands, legs, and heads, normal emergency supplies. 
I started to play around with them and put them together, to see what I could get out of all those discarded pieces, and after a while, these three creatures emerged, which I named The Weirdos.


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

The Baboons

The big baboon is now done, and all of my baboons are on Salon Miryam (Dizingof 171, Tel Aviv) 
display window,  they took part in an art show at display windows- Rehov Lovesh Omanot, the exhibition is over but my Baboons are still there till this weekend.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Another Baboon

This past week, I crocheted a new baboon. This time, I used very coarse wool, produced by Bedouin women in the Negev Desert. Traditionally, the wool is used for rug weaving, but I decided to give it a try in crocheting.
It has many advantages, since it is very strong and stable, and in the sculptural crochet technique I use, it easily holds a 3D shape, even on a larger scale. This wool is thicker than the other types of yarn I usually work with, so I get the large shapes much more quickly as well, and most of all –  I like this wool's crude appearance.
There is one major disadvantage to using it in crochet work: It is thick and stiff, so it requires much more effort of the hand muscles, which causes some pain. It became much more difficult when I had to crochet the smaller parts, such as the fingers, and I had to take increasingly longer breaks between crocheting each finger.
As I was eager to get on with the work and see my baboon fighting the tigers, I was looking for an immediate solution, and it was right in front of me – I always have some discarded fabric bands on my desk, which I use in my wrapping technique, so I just wrapped the crochet hook until it was so thick that I didn't have to bend my hand while holding it. I can't say that it solved all the problems, but it was much more comfortable to crochet that way.  

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

My Baboon

I love to share photos from my desktop, of my works in progress, since I assume that when working with textile, the process can be just as interesting as the final results. For me, it feels like a journey of some sort, as hooks and yarns go through the form which is being designed by them at the same time.