Saturday, November 26, 2011

TLV Fashion Week Web Publicity

The Tel-Aviv Fashion Week received so much publicity we thought we may skip posting about it…But such a historical event cannot be and should not be overlooked. The international fashion week held in Tel-Aviv after 30 years is an accomplishment worthy of celebration! So here is a list of just some of the articles written about the event, read more about it: 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Re-branding Israel with Design

Five international notorious design bloggers have been touring Israel this past week, and we will finally get to meet them this evening! Dezeen, Designboom, DeTnk, Booooooom and WeHeart bloggers, were invited to Israel by Kinetis, a nonprofit apolitical social organization dedicated to generating domestic and global awareness of Israel as the creative energy capital of the world.

Seeking to re-brand Israel’s world image, 37-year-old lawyer and start-up entrepreneur Joanna Landau founded Kinetis (Kinetic Energy + Israel) in 2009. "People are not interested in Israel beyond the conflict because we haven't given them a reason to be interested” says Landau. What is needed is a paradigm shift, a change in the conversation, "What we want to do is celebrate the things that Israel has to offer that are interesting on a global level," she says for Haaretz.

One of three Kinetis projects, VibeIsrael, brings together individuals, groups, business people and bloggers to personally experience a more creative dynamic and energetic side of Israel, opening up new conversations to share online and off.  The first VibeIsrael all-expenses-paid tour, invited 5 Mommy bloggers from around the world to meet and feel the country first hand. This time, it's all about the design blogosphere! We hope the group enjoyed their busy week here in Israel. Be sure we will personally ask them about it tonight!  

As we share similar missions, DZion is excited and obliged to participate in the VibeIsrael project and is looking forward to more great initiatives by Kinetis! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Exploring textiles, Inventing textures

It was a pleasure and a privilege meeting Tamar Branitzky, a talented eccentric Textile Designer working and creating in her studio in Tel-Aviv. A Shenker graduate of Design Engineering, Tamar explores and invents textile design techniques involving printing, hand painting, embroidery, sawing, burning and collage making sometimes all on one piece made up of layers of different types of materials. Tamar loves to combine handmade practices with industrial techniques, developing unique fabrics and textiles while offering distinctive and tailored designs to artists in various fields. Like works of art, her pieces are sold in a limited edition, until the artist creates anew!
Tamar is a promising rising star, collaborating with fashion professionals, interior designers, industrial designers and artists from all over the world, developing and creating new and innovative textiles never seen before in the market. Respectfully, her work was exhibited in the "Salone De Mobile" in Milan, April 2011 and in "Promise Design" - "Designer Days" in Paris, June 2011.

We wish Tamar lots of luck and progress to come!
Tamar's "Stained Journey" scarf collection can be purchased on the DZion website.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sotheby celebrates Israeli design

"There's outstanding creativity and talent in Israel- the work is very fresh, original and independent " explains  Janice Blackburn, co-coordinator and curator of Sotheby's  design selling exhibitions which took place in London last May, in Tel-Aviv this Tuesday at the opening of the Tel-Aviv Museum of Arts new wing, and excitingly soon in December  in New York!
Senior vice president at Sotheby's New York, Sonya Bekkerman realized how much home-grown talent Israel has, and so visits the country around five times a year to find new design pieces. Sonya said, "We realized there’s extraordinary talent here, it’s fresh, it’s innovative, it’s really exceptional and there isn’t a platform for it. We do sell some Israeli art and Judaica in New York but we decided to give both emerging and established talent a platform at Sotheby’s.”
The Financial Times article by Nicole Swengley, quotes Mel Byars, a design historian, when he said  "Israeli design is the world's best kept secret".  Finally Sotheby gives the world the chance to discover.
Tel-Aviv Museum of Art New Wing- Opening Event

Thank you to Shiri Batsry for her personal photographs