Neta Amir

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“After my fashion design studies at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, and following several years’ work in commercial clothing companies, I decided in 2005 to embark on a creative and artistic work path.

My work combines the disciplines of traditional textile crafts and visual arts: painting, photography, and installation art.

Using textile materials, I create human figures, and I use stitches in order to design body shapes. I employ those techniques as sculptural techniques, rather than their traditional use.
I am curious about the creation process that is based upon loops or stitches, which obtain an actual shape only when thousands of them have been gathered together.
When those stitches show the first hints of a human face or body, they start to react as if they were real human beings, and I document this process using painting and photography.
This documentation forces me to stop my work and observe carefully; it lets me better understand the process I have begun intuitively, it changes the process, and it gives me a new point of view that I wasn’t aware of when I made the first stitches.

During the last few years, my work has been exhibited in a few local and international shows, and has been mentioned in several international art books and magazines.
In addition to my own artistic work, I teach textile art and art workshops in various settings, such as schools, museums, and environmental education centers.
In my teaching work, I place a great emphasis on the development of each participant’s unique ideas, as well as on learning and practicing textile techniques: both traditional ones and the unique technique I developed by myself, according to challenges and difficulties that I noticed during my work with people from various age groups and backgrounds. Most of the materials used in my work and workshops are upcycled and ecological.
I developed workshops and educational programs for museums and institutes, such as Beit Hatfutsot (The Museum of the Jewish People) and Hiriya Recycling Park.
In some of the workshops I conduct, I cooperate with psychologists and other therapists, who use the artistic process of textile art and doll-making as part of the therapeutic process.

In 2011 and 2013, I won the Israeli Ministry of Culture’s “Artist in the Community” scholarship, which enabled me to conduct weekly workshops for groups of children and teenagers, as well as parents and children, in youth advancement programs, which are based on the topics and issues I deal with in my own art. During those workshops, I learned that textile techniques and doll-making can greatly contribute to developing motor skills, dealing with challenges, creating success experiences, and promoting sensibilities, self-confidence, and self-awareness”. [From the artist’s website/ Du website de l’artiste].

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