Friday, 10 October 2014

Designer Spotlight // Inbar Shahak Textile Jewellery

This week I've been talking to the incredible Inbar Shahak, who is a textile graduate turned jewellery designer, based in Tel Aviv.  She creates incredibly intricate, laser cut designs in her gold, silver and patina plated jewellery, inspired by ancient textile designs and textures. The effect of this is incredibly beautiful, elegant and detailed collections of jewellery. Some pieces are of a 'statement' nature and others have a softer and more delicate feel. One thing that the Apache Rose customers seem to adore about Inbar's pieces, are how light-weight and easy they are to wear, making them a practical choice as an everyday accessory. I caught up with Inbar for a chat this week, to find out a little more about her designs.

Where do you draw your inspiration for designs from?
I always use traditional textile patterns and techniques as my inspiration. I combine this with modern materials and manufacturing methods to achieve a current  and contemporary look. My greatest passion is to take ancient traditional textiles and update them with new, modern techniques.  At first I started with an old German knitting book from 1929, I took the crochet patterns, knitted them, and manipulated them with twisted sterling silver wire.

How did you get in to jewellery design? I studied textile design at college, and to crochet a full dress just seemed like too big a task for me.  So I moved on to jewellery, which was perfect! 

What would your advice be to any budding jewellery designers that want to get into the industry? Fashion is fashion, people will always look at eachother. The secret is to know how to improve yourself by learning from other artists, without copying them.  And to make sure you are always one step ahead in your creations.

What does the future hold for Inbar Shahak? I have an exciting collaboration coming up with fashion designer Shlomi Antebi for a clothing collection. I also have various shows coming up, which will make for a very exciting upcoming year. The Wear It Loud Exhibition in New York, Joya Barcelona, exhibitions in Shanghai and Korea and the Sieraad Art Fair in Amsterdam. Its busy times!


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