Get to Know... Inbar Shahak

10 . 18 . 2016

OOAK:  Tell us about your work.

Inbar:  I am a textile designer by profession and by heart.  I take all my inspiration from ancient textile patterns and from the work of women in ancient times.  My first collection was entirely crocheted by hand out of silver threads.  Then I started drawing crochet patterns with a fountain pen and transformed them into photo-etched metals.

OOAK:  How did you get started?

Inbar:  When I was 12 years old my grandmother taught me how to sew.  "A girl with golden hands will never be left without bread on the table," she said.  I started with hair rubber bands, then moved on to pants and dresses which eventually led to my portfolio for the Shenkar University of Fashion in Israel.  I started crocheting jewelry with patterns from an old German knitting book from 1929.

OOAK :  If you weren't an artist what would you be.

Inbar:  An artist--there is no other option for me!

OOAK:  What makes you happy?

Inbar:  Art and kisses from my little daughter.

OOAK:  What superpower would you want to have and why?

Inbar:  I wish I could touch people's hearts to make them happy.