Thursday, June 6, 2019


Every thing about this bag was a hip experience - choosing the materials, designing it - sewing it - admiring it - photographing it (which my husband did).

Best model ever!

So photogenic!

I don't remember who bought this bag and where it is now. I wish a little bit I would still have it... I hope, it is enjoyed and admired... It surely is a little treasure...

Made with leather, fabric and an old doily.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019


This one is a tiny bit more sophisticated and shows some influence from American artist Jude Hill.

The Japanese method of boro is very meditative and requires slow stitching. You can not rush with it, your soul is very much taking part in it, and you work intuitive. You don't strive for perfection, you don't plan too much, you just stitch and choose pieces and patches and remnants of fabric, and match here and there, and then change again, slowly and joyfully, maybe stitching a story, or a little statement, or just a colorful lovely piece, that you can make into a small bag, or a book cover, or a petite wall hanging, or into nothing at all but to admire just so. If your fabric is old and tattered and frayed, even better so, it will add grace and meaning. And if you can mix cotton and silk and hemp and wool and linen, wow!


Give it a try! :-)

The elephants and the upside down woman

Boro Boro is the ancient Japanese "art" of fixing tattered and worn clothing. 
The word boro literally means "tattered". The fabric would be mended and patched with small visible stitches, again and again, reinforcing the garment. A kind of modern art form developed from it, resembling pieces of patchwork that entered the modern fashion world. Neither in the ancient traditional objects, nor in today's modern versions was and is perfect execution required. The stitching of the functional embroidery should lead to a sense of simple beauty. The Japanese people with their great talent for aesthetic and their Wabi Sabi view always achieve this, even with the acceptance of imperfection.
Some time ago I attended a boro workshop with Laura Miryam in her lovely home in Moshav Aviel, north of Hadera.

For me, always striving to be perfect in my work, it was not easy to loosen up and just let go... But - I somehow managed and I must say I did enjoy the process. This is my first very humble and humorous attempt at a boro stitched piece - and with Laura's gentle guidance I think it came out rather nicely.

I called it: "The elephants and the upside down woman" - I know, it's kind of funny! :-) And as you can see, the pomegranates were just blooming.

I started another piece, I will show it in my next post.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Apollonia (Hebrew אפולוניה), also known as Arsur, was an ancient community and later Crusader city and Crusader fortress, to be found in present-day Israel, about 15 kilometers north of Tel Aviv. The archeological site (Tel Arshaf, תֵּל אַרְשָׁף, also Apollonia-Arsuf אַפּוֹלוֹנְיָה-אַרְסוּף) today belongs to the municipality Herzlia and is a national park.

Apollonia is located on a cliff that stretches the lengths of the Sharon coast. With people settling on the top of the cliff about 2500 years ago began the fascinating history of Apollonia.

 A remnant of the outer fortification of the crusader fortress 

Visiting there on a glorious spring day three weeks ago was an unforgettable event. The flora at the park is very rich, even though the plants have to battle strong winds with salty spray from the sea, and endure the brittle, with sand covered lime stone of the ridge. East of Apollonia there was once a forest of oak trees. In the Crusader period and through the Ottoman era the wood was harvested for construction and fuel and today no remains are left in the region of Apollonia.

The remains of the fortress

Apollonia was settled by the Phoenicians, who called the place Arshaf, after one of their gods, the war god Reshef. For their commerce they used the abundance of murex mollusks snails on the shore to make purple dye for robes and clothes. They traded the Tyrian dye, which was very expensive and could only be afforded by the wealthy, thus providing the Phoenicians with a good livelihood. Then there was the Hellenistic period, in which the residents identified Reshef with their own god Apollo and renamed the city Apollonia. The Romans followed, and under their regime Apollonia  flourished and became a real city.

In the Byzantine era, during the 5th-6th centuries, the city was known as Sozousa and was populated by Christians and Samaritans. It had a church and a glass making industry, as well as wine and olive oil industries. It also had complex water channels and cisterns.
Later, during the early Islamic period the city was ruled by the Muslims, who gave it back the name Arsuf  (Arshaf) and surrounded it by a wall.

When in the 11th century CE Jerusalem fell to the Crusaders their attention also focused on Apollonia. King Baldwin conquered it, and it was called Arsour. They strengthened the walls and dug a mount around them. In 1241 CE a fortress was built. But shortly after, in 1265 CE Arsour was attacked by the Mameluke Sultan Baibar and the crusaders surrendered. Baibar forced them to destroy and burn the fortress. It was never again inhabited.

 Many pits and cisterns


This is really only a very short and brief historical account of that interesting ancient place. Its location on the cliff high above the sea under a wide open sky presents gorgeous views. It is very easy and enjoyable to walk the paths and the outlooks are truly breathtaking.

The site was overflowing with flowers of many different kind.

All photographs by my husband Uri Eshkar.