Gorgeous leather floral cuffs by Julishland in Israel.
My name is Arosha Luigi Taglia. I was born in Torino,Italy, where I have lived and worked most of my life. I moved to Israel two years ago, following my heart and my love to an Israeli woman, and this is where I live and create my jewelry currently.
I’m a visual and eclectic artist. I’ve worked in all the communication fields – from pure art to design, from television to advertising. If you are curious please give a look at my career and works on my personal website.
My work ranges from visual arts (sculpturing, painting, digital art) to jewelry design. I like to experiment with every material possible – plastic, silver, gold, metals, textiles, vintage pieces etc..
My work is presented in art, design, fashion and jewelry galleries all over the world.
My passion for design and especially for jewels comes from sculpturing. My jewelry is characterized by their clean and elegant shapes, and by their unique, modern and individual statement.
This week, I decided to take a trip abroad to bring you the Shop Local post. My finger landed on Tel Aviv, Israel on the ol’ Etsy globe. I hope, one day, to be able to visit Israel – so much culture, so much history – but for now, this virtual shopping excursion will have to suffice!
Neta Amir is a formally trained fashion designer who left the commercial fashion industry to create one of a kind dolls. Her dolls’ quirky sense of fashion created such a following that she was convinced to recreate their accessories in people-size! The slippers above are the result of this inspiration! Neta describes the comfort of these slippers as like “walking in a blanket.” Yes, please!
Shlomit Ofir, who has a degree in industrial design, creates unique & affordable jewelry.
And now for something completely different…
Gabby from Post creates these wild “tattoo” socks! Let this winding design poke out of a skirt or cropped trousers and you will certainly turn some heads at the office. Post also stocks vinyl decals and textural silver rings, designed by Tal.
Limor from OTIOT is also a trained textile designer working towards her degree in industrial design. She features sun dresses, onesies, and other children’s clothing in addition to the burp cloths pictured above that she will personalize in any language!
If you’re lucky enough to be in the area, stop by the Tel-Aviv Contemporary Crafts Market that’s held every Tuesday and Friday in the Nahlat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall! Purchase handmade wares from the artisans themselves and discover that self-expression through craft knows no bounds.
The Mascot stood in front of the open fridge and called out, “Hey, Mom. What’s with all of this pomegranate stuff?” “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” I said as I sipped my pomegranate-flavoured green tea and watched the flame dance from my hand-poured pomegranate-scented soy candle. The kid has a point, though; we really do have a lot of pomegranate products in the fridge and around the house. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least a dozen examples. From the pantry to the powder room, there is hardly a room in the house that the funny little fruit doesn’t make an appearance, in one form or another. Without me realizing it, pomegranate has become the new pumpkin.
So, what is it about pomegranates that makes them so irresistible; and for how long have people fallen under their spell? Some believe that in the story of The Garden of Eden, it was actually a tempting pomegranate, and not an apple, that led to Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the garden. And, in Greek mythology, it was pomegranate seeds that forever tied Persephone to Hades, lord of the underworld. The Pomegranate Rose perfume oil (pictured above) by Flourish Bath and Body combines the captivating essence of pomegranates with rose, red berries, and lemon zest. That sounds impossible to resist!
Bursting with its 613 juicy seeds, or arils, pomegranates are (for obvious reasons) an unabashedly sexy fruit. For centuries, cultures around the world have embraced them as symbols of marriage, love and fertility. Following the principals of Fung Shui, newly married couples in China display the fruit for good luck and to encourage success in producing offspring. Israel-based designer Yael Falk, aka Yoola, uses fine metal wire to crochet these delicate and striking pomegranate sculptures (above); perfect for gifting to newlyweds (or keeping for yourself). If you are feeling especially brave and would like to try your hand at making your own, she also offers the pattern as a downloadable PDF tutorial.
Introduced to California by Spanish settlers in the late 1700s, pomegranates originate in the Mediterranean, where they have been cultivated since ancient times. According to legend, the goddess Aphrodite brought the pomegranate to Cypress and there are mentions of these mysterious fruits in the Bible, the Koran, Homer’s Odyssey and even in the inscriptions found in the kings’ tombs of Egypt. As beautiful as the fruit that inspires them, these silver and garnet earrings (above) by Dganit Herzog have a royal connection as well; Dganit’s maternal grandfather was a royal goldsmith in Iran.
Thanks to the health-promoting properties of its juice, the pomegranate is known as a Superfruit; a term coined to describe fruits of “exceptional nutrition.” In fact, just one cup of pomegranate juice contains 40% of an adult’s vitamin C requirements, plus potassium, vitamin b5 and an abundance of antioxidants. Those virtues aside, it’s hard to deny that the appeal for most of us is the sweet-tart flavour and irresistible scent. Amber Dawn, of Caravan Herbal Beauty, captures that tanginess perfectly in her organic Pomegranate Peach lip balm (pictured above). Pucker up!
In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, pomegranate juice is used to treat everything from sagging breasts to cataracts. Applied topically, pomegranate has a laundry-list of benefits including its ability to soothe, moisturize and regenerate the skin. In this serum (pictured above) by Rainwater Botanicals, pure pomegranate seed oil is combined with phytochemical-rich sea-buckthorn to provide an intensive treat for problematic and aging skin.