BCXSY: origin part II balance
 
BCXSY: origin part II   balance
may 05, 2011

BCXSY: origin part II balance

BCXSY’s sayaka yamamoto and boaz cohen discussing the production of the wool yarns with a member of lakiya, israel’s arab bedouin community  image by elio nudelman

‘origin’ is derived from the explorations of eindhoven-based collective BCXSY (boaz cohen and sayaka yamamoto) into traditional crafts extending from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. their most recent project stemming from these investigations is ‘balance’ in which they have collaborated with lakiya negav weaving, an organization of bedouin artisans initiated by non-profit group SIDREH – focused on improving the socioeconomic situation of bedouin women living in a constant state of inequality and imbalance, in israel’s negav desert. here, lakiya weaving provides a culturally acceptable employment opportunity for women, with short and long-term benefits to the arab bedouin community, the project remaining the only possible employment for many of these individuals who have been left isolated due to social upheaval.

BCXSY: origin part II   balance spinning the wool image by elio nudelman

during a visit cohen and yamamoto made to lakiya, israel, they had to opportunity to visit villages within the area which still remain unrecognized by authorities. despite the social conditions of the inhabitants, BCXSY was overcome by the positive attitudes of the women they encountered who focused on the good rather than on the hardships they face daily. ‘balance’ stems from this optimism exhibited by these women that ‘in the midst of adversity and misfortune, there is a lasting element of proportion and beauty.’ it is a collection of seven area rugs that are crafted within the boundaries of the bedouin weaving tradition practiced by women in lakiya, whereby it is only possible to produce long, narrow strips of material. in this process, traditional ground looms are used, along with wool from that of local desert sheep.

BCXSY: origin part II   balance setting up a ground loom image by elio nudelman

from the dying of the wool, to the weaving, to the final construction, the project is a collaboration of many women in the area.

the ‘balance’ rugs draw on the negav desert’s surrounding landscape, both in their color and texture.

once the strips are woven, they are cut and repositioned, resulting in non-traditional arrangements,

developing new possibilities within the domestic interior. the body of work pushes the perceived confines

of traditional woven dimensions and expected applications of decorative elements.

BCXSY: origin part II   balance setting up a ground loom image by elio nudelman

BCXSY: origin part II   balance preparing the warp threads on the loom image by elio nudelman

BCXSY: origin part II   balance preparing the warp threads on the loom image by elio nudelman

BCXSY: origin part II   balance up close of the process image by elio nudelman

BCXSY: origin part II   balance getting the weft threads ready for weaving image by elio nudelman

BCXSY: origin part II   balance weaving in progress image by elio nudelman

BCXSY: origin part II   balance one of the woven strips nearing completion image by elio nudelman

BCXSY: origin part II   balance finishing the ends of the woven strips image by elio nudelman

BCXSY: origin part II   balance boaz and sayaka rolling out the finished woven pieces image by elio nudelman

BCXSY: origin part II   balance boaz making paper mock-ups of the carpet compositions

BCXSY: origin part II   balance discussing the sizing of the pieces and how they should be cut image by elio nudelman

BCXSY: origin part II   balance laying out the final pieces image by elio nudelman

BCXSY: origin part II   balance sewing pieces together image by elio nudelman

BCXSY: origin part II   balance trimming the ends image by elio nudelman

BCXSY: origin part II   balance ‘balance’ on show at spazio rosanna orlandi during milan design week 2011 image © designboom

BCXSY debuted the origin part II: balance collection at spazio rosanna orlandi during milan design week 2011.

BCXSY: origin part II   balance origin part II: balance – type B image © designboom

BCXSY: origin part II   balance detail image © designboom

BCXSY: origin part II   balance image © designboom

BCXSY: origin part II   balance image © designboom

BCXSY: origin part II   balance sayaka yamamoto and boaz cohen of BCXSY portrait © designboomBCXSY: origin part II   balance origin part II: balance – type F

BCXSY: origin part II   balance origin part II: balance – type G

BCXSY: origin part II   balance

origin part II: balance collection

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    Good Samarita says:
  • Nothing good comes out of the apartheid, Bedwin people in Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Egypt has been doing this work forever. and do not need a European settler’s intervention, especially when their villages are being destroyed, to give room to these settlers.

    Few weeks ago, there was another article bragging about a village that depends totally in Solar Panels ( again in Negev Israil) the article did not mention that this was a Palestinian non recognized Village ( by Israili authority ofcourse) and it was denied the access to public services , including electricity.

    M.K _ Toronto says:
  • Its amazing how a design project aimed at doing good to Beduouin women is open to attacks based on ignorrance and political views.
    This is not the place to discuss politics, but if you wish to do so – get your facts right: Beduouin tribes are arabian people that have led a nomadic life for many decades, they are not palestinians, and if you don’t know the difference DO SOME READING!

    This project by BCSXY should be judged on its concept, esthetic values and social benefits – not missunderstood political @#$%#

    Boaz & Sayaka, Keep doing what you do best, more projects like this.

    Good Samaritan says:
  • bangpound, the article “obscures” nothing. it is an article about design and
    a design project rooted in artisan craft. it is not a history of the Negev region.

    Sidreh is a grassroots organization founded BY Bedouin women FOR Beduouin
    women, because THEY THEMSELVES felt a need for greater social equality.
    the background of this imbalance may be just as much about the traditions of their own
    patriarchal society as it may be about sociopolitical tension with Israel.

    this is not the forum for unprovoked soapboxing.

    reason says:
  • This work and the photos of it are really interesting, but the first paragraph of this description obscure something very important. What is this “social upheaval?” Why are these villages unrecognized?

    These villages are inhabited by Palestinians, the indigenous people of Israel, who continue to be excluded from social, political and cultural life. Their villages are unrecognized and so are routinely demolished by the state of Israel.

    [url=http://electronicintifada.net/content/palestinian-bedouins-al-araqib-we-wont-leave/9268]Read up on Al Araqib, a Bedouin villege that has been demolished by Israel more than 18 times![/url] It’s demolished to make room for a Jewish National Fund forest funded by Christian Fundamentalists in the USA, UK and South Africa.

    Then [url=http://www.bdsmovement.net/]read about Palestinian civil society’s call for boycott, divestment and sanctions.[/url] Don’t look at projects like this without seeing the violent political context and recognizing that Israel is responsible for the “social upheaval” and “inequality.”

    bangpound says:
  • what? eww! not my style at all

    eyeball says:
  • These are so beautiful – I love the textures and tonal qualities of these – and the post illustrates how hard and painstaking the process is. I take my hat off to the Bedouin women.

    Beth Worth housedesigngirl says:

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