I haven’t had much time to work lately because of the end of the year school activities of my girls. Lili’s choir, Bat Kohl had a concert at the Dormitian Abbey and Monastery in Jerusalem on Friday; I decided to do a little photo shoot in this beautiful and historic site.
The Dormitian Abbey and Monastery is a German Benedictine church established at the end of the 20th century. The Ottomans gave the land to the Germans and they rebuilt the abbey at the top of Mount Zion to commemorate the Virgin Mary.
German monks clad in brown robes can be seen gliding through the abbey. The church is filled with beautiful mosaics and stained glass windows.
After the choir concert, we wandered outside to wait for Lili; this is the view outside the abbey, on the top of Mt. Zion.
The scenery bekoned me further up the path, away from the abbey to the huge and impressive Zion Gate, one of four gates into the Old City of Jerusalem.
Emili passed through the Zion gate into the Armenian quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, one of four quarters of the city. The stones under the gate are smooth and hard to walk on; you can drive through the gate.
This is Lili’s choir group, the Bat Kohl girls of Tel Aviv, directed by Anat Morahg. Lili is the blond in the center with a big smile on her face! You can see the girls performing here and here, enjoy!
You know, the dogs have been the most challenging pieces I’ve done to date. I really feel like a sculptor after I’ve completed one of these dogs, the forms are tedious, especially the legs. I thought the dogs with long hair would take less time, but I was wrong. I wanted them to look a certain way, not neccessarily exactly like the photos but definetly real. I didn’t want to get caught up in minute details, I wanted a certain simplicity to stand out.
After I’d finished a few dogs, I felt I’d gotten the hang of it, but I wanted more from the dogs. After I’d completed each dog, I studied them for a long time and I felt that each one had a personality. I put all the dogs out in front of me and I started to play around with the possible interactions between personalities.
I started to see that the Dachshund was cheekier than the other dogs.
I’m continuing to study the dogs and to try to unravel the mystery of what makes a great felted dog personality! Is it a prop, the tilt of the head, the position of the body? Maybe all three? My real challenge is to be able to create a story with the dogs and to make the viewer relate to their message.
The needle felting process: Needle felting is the dry process of sculpting raw wool, using specially barbed needles; this art form is different from the ancient practice of wet felting which uses water. The barbs on the felting needles “weave” the wool fibers together, making them firm and strong. The needle felting process is time consuming ; one on my dogs takes from 10 to 15 hours to create each figure. Sculpting in wool can be compared to sculpting in clay in that it can be additive and subtractive; it is a very forgiving material and great detail can be achieved.