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A look at the exhibition
Exhibition in Kadoide  Exhibition in Kadoide

In April of this year, 2016, we held at the KIGAMI Gallery which in KADOIDE a joint exhibition of the artist Lisbeth Afek   and mine Izhar Neumann.

Lisbeth presented a series of watercolor paintings depicting the paper-making process, as she was impressed and photographed   on a spring 2015 trip.

I have presented various papers I have produced over the years in my studio, some  in the Japanese paper tradition from the kozo plant and some from different fibers and in different techniques such as watermarks.

The exhibition received press reviews and an audience visit from the area

The exhibition has contributed to strengthening ties and I hope to present Japanese artists in Israel

At the entrance of the gallery with Kobayashi
From Lisbeth's paintings
visit of Kobayashi in Israel

Exciting letter I received from the aircraft crew of  ANA company hoping to see continued construction of the cultural bridge between Japan and Israel




In October 2015  came to visit my dear teacher, Kobayashi Sensei, accompanied by his wife and young son._ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

We held   with him 3 meetings_ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ in Jat (in my studio), _cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3f in bdb5f and 228 -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Israel Japan.

The meetings were very exciting and there were a lot of questions and a lot of interest

He also brought films that revived the paper-making technique and illuminated his special approach to craft preservation and life in general

We also made trips around the country and visited an exciting paper exhibition  that takes place at the Turkish train station in B'Shlosha, where I studied before my trip to Japan .


סדנה להכנת נייר לאוריגמי בג'ת
making paper for origami






The veteran shooter   Eva Seidenfden   mr . As part of the workshop we combined  techniques of  weaving and paper production with creative connections between them!

Looking forward to coming next year for a follow-up workshop.



A combined workshop of origami artists and paper production took place in 2015._ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ After preparing Washi paper we learned from the guest artist from Germany, Melina Hamson, a special folding method.


A few years ago, origami artist Ilan Gribby visited the studio_ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

In Zichron Yaacov "strawberry paper" and here is the article he prepared




Renewal of a project in Ma'ale Tzvia

After a break of a few years, we renewed the Kozo project at the Maale Zivia_Cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ school (the Golden Education Pattern) in collaboration with Liora and her class.

In the fall we planted some seedlings and cared for surviving plants.

Later we will learn how to care for plants, how to make cuttings and the peak-making paper from the plants to the finished page!


שתילת עץ קוזו בנווה שלום בנוכחות חברי טאו שיאצו ומייסדם אנדו ריוקיו



Planting a kozo tree in Neve Shalom

As part of a campaign to encourage tolerance in the world conducted by members of the Tao Sangha organization

In the countries of the region, the founder of the organization Endo Ryokyu was hosted in Neve Shalom, on August 9, 2015.

I donated a kozo tree to the Peace Garden and in an exciting class accompanied by poetry in several languages, we planted it

Pictured, Endo and I at the planting ceremony

The Kozo Harvest

In  2016, two  my plots - in Bat Shlomo and Amka, yielded a successful crop. The plants in the valley have reached 5 meters in height !!!!!

The harvesting process includes pruning the young branches, evaporating, peeling and cleaning the outer bark.

The whole process is manual and lasts until  beginning of March. Every additional hand was welcomed.

The big "strawberry tree"   in the yard   _cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf5185_551_5 -136bad5cf58d_    Shaked learns from father

From the archive films

Just before the demolition of historic Zichron Yaacov, various factors such as the Council  arose for the preservation of sites and fought to preserve the historic character of the first aliyah colony. In a film produced by the Society for the Protection of Nature - "Zichron Yaacov - Conservation in the Face of Destruction"    On HaMeisadim Street (later from the "Derech Hayin" pedestrian street), of course we sided with the preservation and appear in the film towards the end (14:02 minute) with a short and moving section of   "Strawberry Paper" in the beginning "in the living room of our little house.

Exhibition_ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ in degrees 

The exhibition "White Inspiration" opened on 9/6/2017 as a tribute to Joel Hoffman (who was absent from the opening) and curated by Ronia Harari. The exhibition takes place at the Gallery of the Arts Center at 15 Ben Gurion St., Maalot-Tarshiha until July 25._ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

My work - "full moon" was well received._ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

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