Michal Taharlev

Black Sheep


tel aviv / israel


shenkar college

Graduation year


After graduating my studies in the textile design department, I started to collect old and unused weaving looms and opened my own weaving studio. In my work I try to rejuvenate the traditional weaving practice while using modern materials and applications. By using traditional hand weaving techniques, I incorporate industrial metal leftovers into woven fabrics, resulting in one-of-a-kind jewelry, which comes off the loom as one piece, ready-to-wear.
I do not refer to the pieces as a collection but more as series. The first series is more colorful and made of leftover metals from a factory – copper, aluminum, stainless steel, brass and tin. All metals are left in their natural appearance including the different colors and the wearing signs they are left with.
The second series is made of plastic and brass and is reduced of colors (only black and gold) to emphasis the contrasts between light weighted and heavy, old and new, mat and polished and the use of the traditional weaving process Vs. the plastic laser cut parts that are assembled together into one.