My deep connection to nature led me to explore the field of natural color and botanical print. I use methodologies based on sustainability and the conservation of the environment, integrated with the restoration of ancient crafts. Inspired by the Innovative work of India Flint and the courses I took in botany and biochemistry as I was studying for my B.Sc. in Nutrition Science, I began researching and investigating local plants In the North and Center Israel, locating the ones natural dyes can be produced from.
I work on soft and natural fabrics that caress and embrace the body. I dye and print fabric and paper using bark, leaves and flowers that I gather in the open fields or grow in my garden. I design and create wearable and decorative products sold in Israel and abroad. I teach my students in 3 day workshops how make their own beautiful products, choosing the own designs and colors, and consult ecological farms and gardeners on the creation of dye color gardens.
My passion for expressing myself through art began when I was a young boy growing up in Kibbutz Neot Smadar, known for its desert ecology innovations and unique way of life. The meeting with the natural world in my long journey in South America two years ago took me to levels I did not encounter before, and it was there that I traveled to the heart of consciousness and the understanding of myself as an integral part of nature, developing a deep love to creating with nature itself. I learned how to create art through deeply observing nature and the stories it tells.To see a forest and its trees and understand how they can turn into beautiful creations.
When coming back home my focus turned into Israeli palm trees. When ripe, the part that envelopes the fruit naturally falls on the ground. After collecting it I immerse it in hot water or a steam oven, and by bending them I create forms and shapes that emphasize their unique beauty. I then dry them in the sun, smooth their surface, and coat them with oil or varnish, creating practical art that people can enjoy in their daily life - a shelf, a lantern, a fruit serving dish, and whatever my customers and I discover in the process.