For the occasion of Jerusalem Design Week, June 2017, iota was invited to create a site specific installation in the extraordinary space of the historical Hansen House. iota chose to create an homage to Sheila Hicks “Free Fall” exhibition, presented in 1980 at the Israel Museum.
As research for her exhibition, Sheila Hicks made a long visit to Israel. She spent time meeting with key people in the textile industry which was then in its prime, met with local artisans, studied the climate, materials and people here. The pieces for here show were created here, by local workers in communal activity she initiated. The character of the works displayed how textile in various techniques, used day-to-day for industry, can also embody abstract and intangible ideas.
Almost 40 years later in Israel, the climate, materials and ambience are still present, yet the textile industry almost extinct. The display “White fall” was made for the Israel Museum in 2017 as a reflective piece to Hicks’s exhibition. It was designed by iota, a social textile project based in Israel. The project integrates principles of innovation in traditional knitting with use of exclusively produced bespoke yarns, and hand crafting by disadvantaged local communities.
iota’s piece preforms a free fall in glaring white. A fall free from color, free of context. The project methodology, inspired by the work of Sheila Hicks, created a fantastic point in space. A white and majestic textile forest, inviting the visitor to wonder- may I touch? May I walk in? The absence of color engages a perception of the details of the textile work, the technique and enlightens the countless qualities it partakes. Textile elements expressing changing spatial possibilities, different crossings with light and shadows, submission to gravity.