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This is a presentation of Fiber art expressions and commentary by Mirjam (Marion) Bruck-Cohen.Several pieces are currently on display on the Six Million Stitches website at www.6millionstitches.clicksitebuilder.com : 

This is a presentation of Fiber art expressions and commentary by Mirjam (Marion) Bruck-Cohen.Several pieces are currently on display on the Six Million Stitches website at www.6millionstitches.clicksitebuilder.com

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen (1943-) : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen (1943-) Current resident of Israel, since 1950 1960-61 Hebrew University, Jerusalem 1962-64 Technion Night School 1964-66 Haifa University 1981-83 PIA at Bostom University 1985-88 Studied with Yesha’ayahu Gabbai (Artist/Lecturer-”Shenkar”.) 1989 Course at Haifa University with

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Con’t. AnneMarie Frascoli & Aliska Lahusen. 1990-91 Course “Oraniem”. 1997-99 Advisor for Fiber arts to Shimon Tzafrir, Manager of county branch, Department of Culture and Art, Ministry of Education, Culture and Art. Member of Jerusalem Fiber Craftsmen since 1985.

Exhibitions-solo1995 “A Woman with Threads”, Workshop 24/ Beth HaYotzer, Haifa.Exhibitions-group1999 “Plowing Sky – plowing Earth” Gallery for Art, Um-El-Faham. “Fabrics Remember” Seamgallery, Megadim.1998 “Ad Melo HaZereth” Seamgallery, Megadim.1996 “Haifa Port of Call” HaNeviim Tower, Haifa.1995 “Reut WeAhva” Wadi Nisnas, Haifa. “Green line/Red line” Culture Center, Nesher. : 

Exhibitions-solo1995 “A Woman with Threads”, Workshop 24/ Beth HaYotzer, Haifa.Exhibitions-group1999 “Plowing Sky – plowing Earth” Gallery for Art, Um-El-Faham. “Fabrics Remember” Seamgallery, Megadim.1998 “Ad Melo HaZereth” Seamgallery, Megadim.1996 “Haifa Port of Call” HaNeviim Tower, Haifa.1995 “Reut WeAhva” Wadi Nisnas, Haifa. “Green line/Red line” Culture Center, Nesher.

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Exhibitions-group-con’t. 1995 “50th Anniversary to the end of the Holocaust” Nesher. “48-56-67-73-82 is not a lottery” Culture Center, Nesher.1992 “Creating Peace” Workshop 24/ Beth HaYotzer, Haifa 1985 Beth HaGefen 1984 Wizo

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Mirjam Bruck-Cohen A badge for them “The work “A badge for them” has invoked some extreme reactions, from people accusing me of generalizing the blame on all Germans,…”

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Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Detail/ A badge for them “…to many more who told me I fulfilled their dream.”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Piecing information : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Piecing information “I will probably piece information all my life, A Red Cross document with a city name I never heard, a suddenly found monogram in the fold of an old cloth, a phone call with a remark…”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Piecing information-detail : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Piecing information-detail “I work hard joining piece after piece of information.”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Childhood language : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Childhood language “Since coming to Israel I speak Hebrew, but it is not my mother tongue.”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen detail-Childhood language : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen detail-Childhood language “What is my mother tongue?”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen ID Picture : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen ID Picture “ I look at my “I.D. Picture”, somebody mentioned it does not look beautiful, but I find it identifies ME.”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen detail- ID Picture : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen detail- ID Picture “I am not really unique. In Israel alone there are 250,000 people like me. They were under fifteen when WW2 finished and grew up in houses where mysterious, never mentioned, names and dates hovered out at night”.

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen There is, there is not : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen There is, there is not “Some times I feel that with my Fiber art I reweave and patch some threadbare spot In our life,”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen detail-There is, there is not : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen detail-There is, there is not “embroidering some stitches onto our plot.”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Title Page : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Title Page “Last spring (1999) I curated and participated in an Exhibition which I called, in Hebrew, “Bahdim Zokhrim” Or “Fabrics Remember”.

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Detail-Title Page : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Detail-Title Page ““Bahd” in Hebrew has a double meaning, It is a branch as well as cloth. My own work consisted of a “Cloth Album” onto which I collected mainly small handcrafted textiles made by family members…”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 1-Regina Klein : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 1-Regina Klein “from both my husband’s “side” (on light blue cloth pages”, as well as my “side” (on pink cloth pages). Each work I embedded onto the page and embroidered the maker’s name, birth date and place of birth beside the date and place of death.”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 1-detail : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 1-detail “While researching this I learned, for the first time, about my mother’s birth place and how young she was when murdered.”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 2-Tags & Monograms : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 2-Tags & Monograms “Touching her little embroidered piece was miraculous and it seemed so appropriate,…”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 2-Detail : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 2-Detail “…giving honor to our Grandmothers and Tantes and even some family friends, even those I never met.”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 3-Julia Klein : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 3-Julia Klein “Remembering them, not in a sad way, but as real living women who left us gifts of love and pleasure, made by hand and heart, which tell me so much more about them than those unknown faces on the photos bundled in the headscarf my mother hid in a closet.”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 3-Detail : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 3-Detail “All the artists I invited to participate used inherited Fabrics…”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 4 - Rebeca Koekoek : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 4 - Rebeca Koekoek “...and worked their memories onto it.”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 4 - Detail : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 4 - Detail “Several days before opening “Fabrics Remember” I got a call from a niece of my mother, who said that I seemed as gifted as Regina. Amazed I asked “Regina my mother’s mother?” “Oh no!” she said “David’s (my mother’s father) sister was extremely gifted with her needle working!”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 5 - Anonymous : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 5 - Anonymous “So much so that it earned them entry into Holland when they fled Poland and they were all very very talented with their hands, as well as playing the violin!” I was shocked…but thrilled to find I was a part of a second long stitching line.”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 5 - Detail : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Fabrics remember Album Page 5 - Detail “Sitting in the darkened Studio where Shaul, the young photographer, took the pictures of my works, I saw that in some of them ironing has not completely smoothed the folds of time.”

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Haifa at Midnight : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Haifa at Midnight

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Haifa at Midnight- Detail : 

Mirjam Bruck-Cohen Haifa at Midnight- Detail

Sophie Cohen-Kleermacker (1886-1980) Threseinstadt survivor Hospitality : 

Sophie Cohen-Kleermacker (1886-1980) Threseinstadt survivor Hospitality “I knew my paternal Oma,whose birth name was Kleemaker (clothes maker in Dutch), so I knew I followed in her “stitches”…” “I included an almost 90 year old tablecloth made “twice” by my Oma. The “first” time she embroidered it neatly and orderly as part of her Nedunia(dowry). The “second” time she embroidered over the scribbles of friends and family, scattered all over the tablecloth, just as her former order of life had been scattered by WW2. Time has left folds, stains and creases all over it.”

Sophie Cohen-Kleermacker (1886-1980) Threseinstadt survivor Hospitality - Detail : 

Sophie Cohen-Kleermacker (1886-1980) Threseinstadt survivor Hospitality - Detail “Fiber has this almost humanlike sensitivity, it ages and shows the marks of the experiences it endured.”

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Fiber art and commentary by Mirjam Bruck-CohenOriginal Photographs by Shaul ChernobrodaPhotographs modified for this presentation byEdward Frowinecopyright 2004

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