Hagar Arnon Elbaz lives in Jerusalem, Israel, where she is active with other local artists. She has a strong belief in the collective spirit and does a great deal to unite other artists online, too. Her fabric jewelry is affordable and elegant, soft and especially great for women who suffer allergies from metals. Hagar also sells fabric beads which can be used in many different kinds of projects.
Gilgulim means rolling, metamorphosis and transfiguration. And yes, this is exactly what I do! I roll beads to create alternative jewels out of metamorphosed materials. I became a textile designer when the world of Israeli textiles collapsed but kept searching the world of design as a handbag buyer.
Only when my eldest daughters left home I felt the need for a room of my own physically, mentally and creatively. Searching the Brussels’s flea-market I found a stack of neckties and right away I knew this was to become my future raw material for jewels. It took me another year to invent and perfect my line of alternative fiber jewels and to open Gilgulim shop on ETSY. Another year passed and I left my day job to become a full time jeweler and a searcher for new ways to express women’s inner feelings in the way they dress up.
My present jewels are made of different textiles I collect or buy around the world including reclaimed cloths I find in my surrounding. The fabrics are washed, ironed and cut into the right straps and rolled into beads. The beads are carefully hand stitched with strong though hardly seen stitches. No glue is used during the process and the final product is soft to the skin, very light and colorful.
-Hagar Arnon Elbaz