Meet the Textile Artist: Hili David of Hilie’s Embroideries & Rikma by Hili

Photo: Courtesy of Hili David

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

My name is Hili, I was born and raised in Israel and I’m an embroidery artist and part-time daydreamer.

What inspired you to become an artist?

I became an artist as a way of self-expression and to experience the joy of making new things.

What is your specialty?

I specialize in hand-stitched embroidery.

How and where do you work?

I work everywhere, I do try to limit myself to closed areas since embroidery tends to make me lose time and space.

What is the most indispensable item in your workshop?

The most indispensable item in my workshop at the moment are branches, it might seem odd, but I’ve begun adding branches to my embroidery works, I pick them up whenever I see them and let them dictate how the work will turn out.

Where do you take your inspiration? Are you pursuing any themes?

I was raised in a rural area and have grown fond to being surrounded by nature and being inspired by it.

Do you do bespoke work?

I do indeed offer a bespoke service. I truly enjoy it when I can make someone something special using my skills.

What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently working on expanding my embroidery infused with nature theme

What is or are your favourite items in your current collection?

Gosh, I truly can’t choose a favourite, I think of all my embroideries like kids… you can’t just love one more than the other

How do you know when a piece is finished?

Sometimes, I can hear a tiny voice that says stop.

What was the first artwork you ever sold?

I remember selling a tiny French knot embroidery featuring a woman.

Which project have you enjoyed working on the most so far?

There was one zebra embroidery project, it was a present for a loved one and I had a great time making it thinking of the joy it will bring him

What do you want to achieve with your work and what are your wishes for the future?

I wish to find a way to make a living out of my passion and to find new and advanced ways to make everyone fall in love with embroidery

Where can we find your work?

You can check out more of my work on Instagram or visit my lovely ETSY store.

Photos: Hili David

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