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The Young Professionals of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design – End of Year Exhibition, 2013

Last week I had the privilege of  joining a group of journalists and curators for a visit at Jerusalem’s famous art school, Bezalel. Come with me and watch the final year students as they show off their first unique collections before hitting the  Israeli fashion scene. 

Biblical hero, Bezalel was said to be highly talented as a workman, showing great skill and originality in engraving precious metals and stones and in wood-carving. He was also a teacher of many gifted students whom he instructed in the arts. This is why Boris Schatz named his school of arts after him – which he opened in Jerusalem over 100 years ago.

The “Bezalel style” back than was influenced by the European Art Nouveau and traditional Persian and Syrian art. Just as today, Bezalel’s students and teachers  blended varied tradition and innovation – except now the academy has over 1500 scholars.

As the year comes to an end, 30 graduate fashion students present their collections what they have been working on through the whole academic year. Check out my personal favorites…

“My collection talks about the memory of love. and how such memory affects you as a person, and from there, the thought migrated to the elusiveness of memory.” says Omri Shochat, designer of a collection named “Remains of a Thought”, also featured in Israel’s oldest daily newspaper, HaArtetz.

Shadi Abed focues on the triangle form, as a form what has been used as a spiritual symbol since ancient times. “Should I devote myself to my religion − Christianity − or remain liberal with an open mind? I wanted to express my ambivalence and my internal feelings in my final project. The triangle has significance of various levels − artistic, religious and mystical.”

Inna Levitan‘s collection was about creating objects that will spur people to sense them and play with them and not just wear them as jewelry. “I discovered that the characteristics from nature that we identify in objects can spark our affection for them. And this in essence was the idea for my final project.”

The exhibition includes eye catching works from all departments of the academy: visual communication, ceramics and glass, industrial design, screen arts, photography and fine art. Watch out not to get lost in the labyrinth-like building!

Explore the show until August 2 at the Hebrew University campus at Mount Scopus. Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Previously uncredited photos: 1 – Ilya Melnikov for HaAretz. 3 – final project by Sheena Zaken. 4, 5, 6 – vintage, source: google photo search. 7, 8, 9 – Instagram photos by me. 10 – final project by Galit Shilo. 11 – final project by  GititteDina Rubinstein. 12 – final project by Adi Yair. 16 –  final project by Naama Levit. 17 –  final project by Tal Weinreb. 18 – final project by Orly Turgeman.

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