Itamar Yehiel (IL, 1984)
Embroidery is a global and ancient craft that was always used as a platform for storytelling. Women who had no other form of expression brought their cultural and personal stories to the fabrics, using only needle and thread. For a decade I explored different continents and countries and was always fascinated by the local and traditional crafts. As a self-taught artist, I use this ancient and international language to tell new stories, both personal and global, cultural and emotional.
My three-dimensional interpretations of natural objects lean on a craft that has been used for thousands of years. Yet I aspire to release it from the two-dimensional fabric, give it volume and offer a contemporary voice. Freehand machine embroidery and hand stitching enable me to propose a fresh perspective on embroidery, as well as a new portrayal of natural motifs. By using carefully thought-out framing and creating an illusion of hovering, I amplify the tension between the ancient craft and the contemporary creations, while arousing intrigue and curiosity.
I am interested in exploring contradictions and paradoxes. The tension between realism and illusion, organic and artificial, temporary and eternal are all part of my artistic expression. Those come to life through objects from nature. Just like embroidery, nature is a global language. It relates to all individuals and cultures and I use its vast variety of objects, colors, shapes and textures as a language to portray emotions and stories.
Finalist in The Creative Crafts State Prize Berlin 2022,
Exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts, April 2023.
produced by 'Black Rabbit', February 2023, Berlin.
at KUNSTinRAUM gallery, September-November 2022 Berlin.
at Klötze und Schinken Cafe-Gallery, March 2022, Berlin.
"Vier Elemente - Handwerk und Design aus Paris und Berlin", Museum of Decorative Arts, April 2023, Berlin.
"THE CUT UP", LiTE-HAUS gallery, November 2022, Berlin.
BAAM, at Moos Space, December 2022, Berlin.
BAAM, at Monopol Gallery, October 2022, Berlin.
BAAM, at Monopol Gallery, Mai 2022, Berlin.
ARTe FUSION Stuttgart, April 2023
ART MUC Munich, March 2023
ARTe Osnabrück, March 2023
ARTe Burg Stettenfels, October 2022
Art Nordic, June 2022, Copenhagen.
Kunst Trifft Handwerk, September 2022
Kunst Trifft Handwerk, Augoust 2022
Berliner Kunstallee, June 2022
Kunst Trifft Handwerk, Mai 2022
The European Days for Traditional Craft, April 2022
Kunst Trifft Handwerk, April 2022
Kunst Trifft Wein, April 2022
Arte Stettenfels Castle