70 Years of Craft and Design

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In celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary, Mingei International Museum, in collaboration with the House of Israel and its curator Smadar Samson mounted a magnificent exhibition of Israeli craft and design. Beautifully laid out and filled with an expansive range of creations the show presented art objects from the late 19th century through the present, including work by Israel’s most visible and interesting designers working today such as Dori Csengeri.

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From the show’s catalogue:
Epic style captures Dori Csengeri Imagination, and her Camelot haute couture necklace is a reminiscent of medieval gowns, fierce battle gear and dragons’ scales.  With its immaculate embellishments and its hand-stitched linen embossed with gold leaf, the necklace strives to find as Csengeri puts it, the “balance between timelessness and timeliness”.

To view more haute couture pieces by Dori, click here.

 

 

Dream Weaver

Fashion designer Yaron Minkowski is one of Israel’s leading designers as well as an old friend of Dori’s.  So when Dori received an invitation for the opening night of Yaron’s retrospective exhibition, she immediately RSVP “Yes!”.

The exhibition “Yaron Minkowski – Dream Weaver” presents the designer’s major milestones over the past 30 years. The various pieces provide a glimpse into Minkowski’s philosophy of design.  His works are exciting, surprising, and explore the relationship between form, color, texture, fabric, and anything in between….

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Jersualm of Gold collection by Yaron Minkowski

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Dori & Yaron at the opening night of the exhibition

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keffiyeh couture dresses by Yaron Minkowski

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couture creations by Yaron Minkowski

And of course we couldn’t resist a little ‘blast from the past’, so we searched our archives and came up with these 2 images of runway collaborations between Dori & Yaron. 🙂

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Couture Jewelry – Guide Joailliers interview with Dori

Interview by: Kyra Brenzinger  http://www.guide-joailliers.com/dori-csengeri-tisseuse-dor-de-lumiere/

Dori radiates excitement when she talks about her jewelry creation. “My collection is like a patchwork of mixed cultures, rich colors and sensuous textures” says Dori. “It’s my personal curated selection of all things wonderful!”

What was the starting point in creating your jewelry?
Dori Csengeri: In the eighties, during my studies of textile design at the Academie de Port-Royal in Paris, I was experimenting with collages made of textile materials. I used to wear the few pins that I made and my friends began to buy them. That made me realize that the jewelry path was the right path for me.  From there on, the road to designing jewelry was fairly short.

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Can we compare your jewelry to haute couture jewelry?
Dori Csengeri: Indeed, all the jewelry pieces are handmade from start to finish at our fair trade Tel Aviv studio. That means that our team of women artisans hand-stitches the textile cords that frame the Swarovski crystals (or gemstones for that matter), strings beads and applies nappa leather on the back of the jewelry pieces for added comfort.  Some pieces such as my Camelot collection are made by cutting small squares of linen fabric and one by one applying gold leaf on top of them. Each square has a slightly different shape and a different gold leaf pattern. When I hand- stitch the linen squares together, I carefully match them.  After all, God is in the small details….

How do you design your collections?
Dori Csengeri: The arts, the city views or even certain moods inspire me to draw sketches every day.  About four months before the collection is due, I select the best sketches and the most appealing materials that I constantly source from all around the world.  From this selection I create about 16 color themes, each theme includes small, mid size and large pieces (about ten styles for each color story).

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Your new spring / summer collection is a true color-therapy!
Dori Csengeri: I wanted this collection to be bold and joyful. The red Fandago collection reflects the flamenco dancers costumes, movements and fiery spirit. The red color also adds a powerful and festive side to the collection. Green is high on the list of the spring 2017 color trends and is also very present in my collection.  Malibu, Nuances and Elixir color groups explore the story of green through different tonalities and harmonies.

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You also worked on night colors …
Dori Csengeri: It is true that Absolu, Nightlight and Cassiopeia have a darker appeal. I evoke the night theme with ‘star constellations’ compositions, mysterious ‘blue lights’ and materials that reflect to some extent the ‘aurora borealis’.

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What are your favorite pieces?
Dori Csengeri: I feel that the Camelot line is very striking.  Creating a mosaic of small linen squares studded with gold results in a strong three-dimensional quality. I was inspired by a Peruvian gold carpet and I think that this Inca reference gives the collection the virtue of timeless beauty. I also created very powerful pieces with dragons, inspired by the TV series Games of Thrones. Presently, I am involved in a new project of embroidered masks that I hope to reveal to you soon!