If we were to have worked separately, my pieces would have probably come out circular and Inbal’s would have been squareby Yuval Saar | 08.03.15
As children, Neta Teslar and Inbal Ithachi would meet up at one of their grandmother’s homes and play around between the fabrics, frames and wool balls. That’s where they started developing their love for textile, each in her own direction. Tesler is the owner of Knots Studio, that specializes in objects that fall into the space between art and design, crafting handmade cushions and furniture in a unique knotting technique. Ithachi designs objects that are functional and graphically esthetic, like an everyday laptop case made out of fine, hand printed textiles.
Recently, the two decided to cooperate and co-develop hand made accessories out of materials that can be found in the studio, while emphasizing recycling and collaborated craftsmanship. That’s how their new brand Rita & Frida came to be, named after both of their grandmothers, who were sisters that immigrated to Israel from Romania.
All imaged by Itamar Israeli
“I visited Inbal in her studio while she was organizing”, explains Tesler about the beginning of their mutual work. “The conversation rolled into talking about the amount of material that we collect during our work process, and that’s how the idea came to be. We are both very connected to textile, share a strong environmental perspective, and a clean design esthetic”.
“We started by collecting materials, each one of us from her own studio. Materials that were a part of each of our personal work processes and collections”, adds Ithachi. “We would meet up, intuitively create connections between the different materials, and continuously develop the products. The final outcome was an array of handmade textile accessories and jewelry, like textile necklaces, bookmarks, and other pieces that can be worn all over the body”.
What do you think came out differently because the two of you worked together?
Ithachi: “We brought our personal connection to the products, and there was something very liberating about that. My work process on my last collection, for instance, began by studying and observing women and their daily habits, and only then developed from there”.
Tesler: “My work process is very different to Inbals. I love to play around with three-dimensional shapes, materials and techniques. If we were to have worked separately, my pieces would have probably come out circular and Inbal’s would have been square. Within the mutual work process each one of us ‘pulled towards her own direction’. For example, in one of the pieces I cut out printed fabrics that Inbal had printed on her own, while she connected the prints in a new way and made a necklace out of them. Despite our differences, we discovered that both of us had been collecting textiles for the past year and our materials very much speak the same graphic language. Our intuitive approach to the world of design is apparently quite similar: textile body accessories, bags, cushions – they all speak the same material language.”
Another version of this post was originally published in Hebrew on http://byfar.co.il and translated by Yuval Regev.