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
Had a Little Overcoat.
It tells the story of Joseph the tailor, who turned his old overcoat into
finally, when even the kerchief
became worn out, he made a button out of it.
the last two weeks, I have been busy with moving to a new apartment and a new
studio. It was all such a big mess, which is getting better by now. There is
still some mess, but finally I am so glad to have my studio
One of the things I do for a living is
conduct workshops for both adults and kids.
The adult audience is usually 95%
With kids, the situation is different.
There have been many times I was invited to schools or event venues, where I
worked with mixed gender groups. I am often asked in advanced if this kind of
activity will suit boys too, and this question has been asked mostly when
referring to the 10-12 age group.
From my experience, particularly with this
age group, I have had great success with the boys. I'm not surprised by it,
since I conducted so many workshops of this sort during the last few years, and
I always get the same enthusiastic reactions from boys as well as from
It seems that the boys are less bothered
by the gender issue when creating those dolls; if they are, it is manifested in
the design of masculine characters (one of the principles I
maintain in my workshops is to encourage each participant to design and create
their own characters).
Still, I am always faced with doubts
regarding whether boys will enjoy doll making at this age, and they almost
always come from adults – the educational staff or parents.
I assume that the opportunity to create
characters, particularly masculine characters, using needlecraft
techniques and textile materials, gives boys a unique opportunity to express the
transformation from childhood into adulthood in a more complicated and complex
way, which can express various layers of the personality, consciously and
unconsciously, as well as emotions which can’t be expressed in other
I have collected some creations made by
boys from my workshops:
This is slightly different from the usual Doll Stories posts, but I recently find myself straying from my familiar surroundings – but not too far.
It is always very complicated for me to say what my occupation is and what I do for a living. My works not always exactly the same, but at the end of the day, they are all from the same area of art and crafts design, which is also close to ecology and education.
To make a long story short, the project I was busy with during the last few weeks was a customized order to design and create a bunch of messenger bags for the local ecological park education program, which will be used to hold assignment papers the kids receive when they visit the park.
Naturally, the brief clearly stated that they had to be made out of recycled or reused materials.
Here they are all together:
I chose to create them using a mixture of several materials. The back was made out of faux leather car upholstery, the front was made out of scraps of reused vinyl banners, and the flap, which was the most creative part, was made out of plastic bags fused together by ironing.
At first, I tried to make the flaps more efficiently by using an industrial iron press, but I made so many mistakes, including the use of a type of paper that stuck to the nylon, so I ended up relying on my household iron to make most of the flaps.
Another process I used was laser-cutting (at the local fablab- Fablabil) the strap ring and buckle, based on my own design.
straps are actually discarded bus safety belts I got from a
specialist repair shop.
For the lining, I
employed the type of plastic used for large roll-up banners.
are three things I'd like to share today. It is mostly informative stuff this
first one is a sock doll workshop I will conduct on Friday, October 31, 2014, at
Kibbutz Magal. Here are the details:
היום יש לי שלושה עדכונים:
הראשון: ביום שישי, 31.10.14, אעביר סדנת בובות
בקיבוץ מגל. כל הפרטים מופיעים במודעה:
second one refers to my mailing list, which I used to send information about
upcoming workshops. Unfortunately, since my old computer passed away last month,
I lost some of the data, which I can't restore. So if you were subscribed and
would like to keep receiving my updates, or if you know someone else who would,
just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
לצערי, אבדה לי רשימת הקשר שבה עדכנתי לגבי
סדנאות קרובות. אם הופעתם ברשימה ואתם רוצים להמשיך לקבל
עדכונים, או אם אתם רוצים להירשם עכשיו, שלחו לי מייל לכתובת email@example.com.
third one is the publication later this month
of the book Textile Around the World, which depicts the works of 160
textile artists from around the world, including mine.
העדכון השלישי והמשמח ביותר מבחינתי הוא שבימים
הקרובים ייצא לאור הספר Textile Around the Worldובו עבודות של 160 אמנים מרחבי העולם, כולל עבודות