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Gily Ilan

Gily Ilan

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2016, Research assistant in the Ceramic Design department at  Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem - In collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

2016, ELLE UK November issue, under the New Designers section.  

2011-2015, BFA, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem

2014, Internship in EKWC Ceramic Center, Holland

2014, Exchange Program Rietveld Academy, Holland - Textile and Ceramic design

2010, Jewelry design course, India

Artist Statement

From my earliest childhood memories, I recall my hands always busy in the midst of one craft or another. Over the years, I developed a passion and endless curiosity for the world of materials and honed my work to explore the limits and possibilities of textiles and ceramics.

The techniques and aesthetic that have come to define the GILY ILAN collection of accessories is a classic story of lemons to lemonade. During my first year of design school, I was diagnosed with Gaucher disease, a genetic disorder that stems from a deficient enzyme. I naturally began heavily researching the disorder. Between MRI scans and cellular charts, I was surprised to find myself growingly fascinated and inspired by the imperfect, yet meticulously connected networks within our biology.

For over a year, I experimented with various techniques and treatments in the fields of ceramics and textiles. I was specifically concerned with the ratio of hard to soft, control to a variable, complexity to simplicity, and merging these contrasting concepts into a single, organic design. Similarly, I challenged myself to find a sensible means of connection between traditionally unrelated materials, techniques, and styles.

GILY ILAN aims to discover and highlight the subtle links that connect contrasting worlds. This is most prominently showcased in the signature collection of scarves and necklaces which feature knit textiles alongside magnetic porcelain clasps. The designs playfully blur the lines of traditional technique and modern application, warm functionality and cool finishing, bold statement and minimalist aesthetic.

Metal / Jewelry
Mixed Media

Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Tammy B
Ashley Buchanan
Dawna Gillespie
Heather Guidero
Gily Ilan
Anna Johnson
Allison Kallaway
Nikki Nation
11/1/19 to 11/29/19
Multiple Mediums

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