TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
"I am Hilla Shapira, a Body Object Maker, Originally from Tel Aviv Israel. I have a Bachelor degree in Fashion design From Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. I moved To the USA to do a Master in Fiber Art at Cranbrook Academy of Art and I graduated in May 2020. My practice is multidisciplinary and includes clothing construction, performance, video, sound, and installation. My work deals with the relationships between common design and body regimen. By making functional mundane objects or representations of them I question design norms and the political aspects of everyday things. I have presented my work in Israel, Europe, and the USA.
Aside from my own studio practice I collaborate with choreographers, dancers and other makers, this is why a place like MakerSpace is important for my making process, as a place to create and meet at the same time. Nowadays I am a member and leading sewing and embroidery classes at MakerSpace Brooklyn."
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
"After graduating from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design I worked in the fashion industry in Israel. Very fast I understood that I can’t be part of this world. I care about the making process and not about the mass production. For 5 years I worked as an independent costume designer and I worked with different choreographers, productions and theaters in Israel. In addition I started to invest in my artistic studio practice and made one of a kind pieces. I have decided to come to the USA to do my MFA in Cranbrook Academy, it was a huge step that I felt was necessary to my career. It expanded my point of view on the art world in general and on my specific discipline."
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
"I am inspired by new places and new meetings. I love to be exposed to new textures of living, unexpected assemblage of materials, objects and shapes. Cities are a good base for finding spontaneous inspiration moments. I am looking for them when I walk around Brooklyn, I try to find the layers of the individuals that live here. The objects that are left behind, the architecture that keeps changing every day, the garments that people choose to perform with while walking in public. Everywhere I visit or live in I look for the materials and objects that would tell me the story of the place. "
DO YOU HAVE ANY UPCOMING PROJECTS YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT?
"Yes, right now I am participating in a show at Wasserman Projects in Detroit and at the textile Biennale in Ukraine. I will participate in Jerusalem Design week at the beginning of July. In addition I am collaborating with my partner Naama Levit. She will have a show at Brooklyn Metal works in the second week of July and we will do a performance there at the same time. It will include installation and wearable objects."
HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT MAKERSPACE?
"My friend Jess Osserman was a member of Makerspace, she introduced me to the studio and I fell in love immediately. "
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