interest in the art to tapestry originates from my visits to palaces
and museums in Europe. But the principal urge and my desire to
take part in the creation of goblins originate directly from a
visit some years ago to a magnificent exhibition of modern French
tapestry at Tel Aviv museum. I was particularly fascinated by
the spectacular colors and the modern design and, naturally, I
made use of the opportunity presented to me by Jean Pierre La
Roche's stay at Ein Hod, to learn the art of tapestry. Having
had behind me years of experience in artistic weaving, the shift
was not difficult and my knowledge of materials contributed not
little to my speedy progress. At the same time, my husband was
studying with Jean Pierre La Roche not only the art of tapestry
but also, in the main, designing and preparing the outline of
the work, according to Liresat's methods; these are an inseparable
part of the creation."
Rachel Ben Zvi
Garden Eden" of
In our book
"The Tapestry" we were trying to convey not only the
practical way of creating complicated Tapestries, but also the
historiography of the ancient technique of artistic interpretation.
Most of the
executed tapestries in our book are about the allegoric stories
of the "Seven Days of Creation", sometime repeating
in different execution the same idea.
creators of tapestries, including those made in the previous centuries
we have concentrated on unique and personal interpretation of
each idea, never repeating the same design.
with my wife who executed all my designs, allowed us to use our
expertise creating results seldom found in this ancient technique.
It wasn't only a technical process, but constant thinking and
rethinking the various
aspects of the given project.
The changes during the work took place all the time during the
execution and that
explains the long time to complete one unique Tapestry.
of Eden" was created after our book was published and is
an masterpiece 0 intricate design and execution and took longer
then any previous one.
in the Bible about the Garden of Eden is a universal essay on
human behavior and prize of the natures beauty.
To avoid a didactical intonation of the story, "our"
garden of Eden put the emphasis of colorist interpretation of
and complicated result is the proof of long time experience that
turns an ideas, into a visual art delight.
Ben Zvi Gedalia
Ein Hod November 2001
From the international catalogue.
my previous tapestries I was mostly dealing with topics related
to the creation of the world, based mainly on the Bible stories.
As my interpretation is abstract, I used representational coloring
to refer to elements of the subject.
For example in a previous work, not exhibited here I dealt with
the creation of trees and meadows using green as a dominant color.
When I started to work on a new series, I call Formations; I had
in my mind the eternal riddle of the formation of the Universe.
How it actually happened is still, and will be always in constant
dispute among the scientists.
an artist whose main tools are creativity and imaginative sensibility,
I have approached this topic without any scientific base.
My Formation Tapestries are colorful elements that mayor may not
be particles in the universe, floating freely in the space.
I am aware of the magnitude of this ambitious topic, but an artist
works in the undefined area between imaginative fantasy and the
so-called reality. The Formation tapestries are a natural continuation
of my other works on the topic, including my three-dimensional
paintings and large acrylics on canvas.
My Formations are only partial proof of the obvious inexhaustibility
of such a topic.
note: in this husband and wife team, Rachel weaves and Gedalia
designs and writes statements.
on Tapestry and catalogue on paintings by Gedalia Ben-Zvi available