How to choose a textile art center in Israel
Textiles, a subcategory of arts and crafts, are popular in Israel, with artists including Dina Haim, Keren Ben-Ami and Yael Leibovitz.
But choosing the right one for you is a difficult process.
Here are 10 tips to help you find the right textile art studio.
Know the city.
“The biggest mistake you could make is to walk into an art center that is not in the city,” said Erez Zellner, director of the Jerusalem Art Center.
“They don’t know the city well and therefore they don’t offer any information about it.
They’re like the first-year students of art.”
Go to a museum.
The best textile art centers are in museums, and you can’t find any in Jerusalem without going to a different museum.
You can’t go to an art museum in Jerusalem unless you go to the Old City or other sites in Jerusalem.
“In a city that is completely in ruins, you can walk in and feel like you’re in the heart of Jerusalem,” said Zellcher.
Learn from the local artists.
You’ll find a lot of local artists in textile art, which is a great way to discover new artists who have a similar style to your own.
“I have a friend who makes dresses and is very skilled at sewing and creating the garments,” said Ben-Arieh.
Meet with the artists.
“You’ll get the chance to see and interact with them,” said Eliyahu.
“This will give you a chance to learn and connect with them.”
“We’re in a great time to be doing this, because the textile industry is booming,” said Tzachi.
“We have the best fabrics in the world and we’re in an industry that is expanding,” said Dina.
“All of us are in this together,” said Avi.
Learn to sew.
“It’s hard to do,” said Shmuel.
“Sewing is a hard skill to learn,” added Erez.
“Once you learn how to do it, you won’t be able to do anything else.”
But you can learn a lot about it from other people who have done it.
“My favorite thing about it is that you get to be around these people,” said Yael.
“What they have done is create a world of beauty, and I can’t wait to share it with the world.”
Be inspired by the artists themselves.
“Art is an artistic expression, it’s an artistic way to express yourself and to connect with the community,” said Chaim.
“When you see an artist, you’ll feel like they’re connecting with you.”
The artists and their stories are very important, said Zilber.
“There is a reason why so many of the world’s artists are from Israel, and that’s because they’re inspired by them,” she said.
“These are people who are doing something different and they’ve done it for a long time.
As long as we have these artists and the right ones, we will continue to see a different world and an art industry in Israel,” said Haim.