Nurit Ophir

I have come to realize that I am at peace when I work with my hands and that my inspiration invariably comes from observing nature.

 

 

My art making process begins with fossicking for suitable found natural fibers in my local area. While I predominantly use native plant material, I also enjoy using materials from various origins that provide interesting textural contrast. I work with dry harvested material, which I then soak to make it pliable for weaving. The form a piece will take is dictated by the materials at hand. It’s an intuitive process which keeps me close to nature and on a meditative journey of making.

I trace the inspiration for my work back to my childhood on a kibbutz in northern Israel near the Sea of Galilee. This kibbutz was founded by people mainly from Poland and Russia, and we children were taught to knit, embroider and weave in the manner of traditional arts and crafts of Europe, as well as being influenced by the textiles and embroidery work of the local Bedouin people.

 When I arrived in Australia, I was immediately drawn to the bush and to the unique flora and fauna. The forms and colors were completely new to me and inspired a new direction in my creative path.

My attraction to the world of design, color and fiber has developed over many years through studies in silversmithing, textile design, screen-printing and carpet restoration. 

About two years ago, after fifteen years of working as a Music Therapist, I started to explore basket weaving. I have attended several workshops where I’ve become familiar with and continue to be inspired by the work of Nicole Robins, Lisa De Salis, and Alice Spittle.

I am hoping to engage people’s appreciation of the extraordinary depth of complex beauty in natural fibers.

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