Mingei International Museum

Mingei International Museum. San Diego, USA 2018.

"ISRAEL – 70 Years of Craft & Design" Exhibition.

"Worn Again" collection, Orange Dress, Recycled Textile and Knits, 2015.

Apr 21, 2018 - Sep 03, 2018.

In recognition and celebration of the 70-year anniversary of the founding of Israel, Mingei International Museum and Balboa Park’s House of Israel will collaborate on a retrospective exhibition highlighting the nation’s diverse and lively craft and design.

ISRAEL—70 Years of Craft & Design celebrates the art and innovation of the nation’s diverse people through a rich range of objects of daily use. Over 100 objects—including Yemenite jewelry, Bedouin textiles, contemporary garments, sustainable and industrial design, adornment incorporating ancient materials, furniture and ceramics—illustrate the special fusion of European and Arab influences embodied in Israel’s modern craft and design. Coinciding with global recognition of Israel’s 70 years of statehood, this project is the Museum’s first opportunity in its 40-year history to feature the innovative work of Israel’s designers and artists.

This original exhibition is organized by House of Israel curator, Smadar Samson, with Mingei International Museum’s executive director Rob Sidner serving as curatorial advisor.

Worn Again by Dana Cohen is an award winning sustainable fashion collection that brings an innovative approach to ecological fabric manufacturing.

Cohen developed a procedure in which discarded knits are shredded into monochromatic fibers that are then felted into a recycled textile.

This metamorphosis is illustrated by integrating the new knit with the recycled textile. The stripes in the torso of the dress are inspired by traditional patterns associated with old, forgotten sweaters.

Worn Again is designed to push the recycling agenda forward and to question the common perception that recycled products are not attractive or valuable.