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6The Daily Tar HeelMonday, January 22, 1990
By MARA LEE
Crafts they're not just for camp
The image of sticky glue and a run
down arts shack is a familiar one to
many children, but crafts have become
a recognized art form in the last 10
years, according to Nili Aharoni, a local
artist who makes wall hangings.
Crafts used to be second-class citi
zens in the art world, but they aren't so
much anymore, said Aharoni, a native
of Tel Aviv, Israel. 'The borders be
tween those two (art and crafts) are
becoming more and more close."
Israel is central to Aharoni 's art, she
said. "It (Israel) is very active. It's a
pretty new state; there are always new
things happening. It's very modem,
Life in the United States is relaxed
compared to Israel's political turbu
lence, she said. "There is a lot of ten
sion there (in Israel) because of the
political situation. In my lifetime, I
have been through six wars. And you
don't see the end of those wars."
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"The whole creative process is some
thing that comes from inside you"
Her perception of Israel has influ
enced her sense of color in particular.
"On one hand, you have the desert, and
in a very short distance you have the
mountains. Strong and bold colors
the sun is very strong."
Aharoni began her art career lOyears
ago, while living in California. "I was
in Berkeley spending a sabbatical with
my husband, and I didn't have much to
do. People told me I have an eye for
beauty, and I should do something about
it. I took interior design."
Those courses led into painting, and
w hen she returned to Israel at the end of
the year, she studied weaving.
Her wall hangings are more than just
rugs on the wall. The works are in
relief, almost like sculptures. "This is
what fiber is all about. What I am inter-
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The creative process is one of the
greatest challenges to artists, Aharoni
said. It takes her an average of seven
months to complete a work. "I have to
look at it (a work) a great many times
before I can give it a title."
Her ideas come from a variety of
places, she said: "the theater, the scen
ery, shows, artists, well-designed ele
But when she gets artist's block, she
doesn't push herself. "I try to do other
things technical things."
According to Aharoni, her favorite
piece is always the most recent one.
Her adfoice to aspiring artists? "It's
very, very difficult to make a living out
of it (art). Just keep doing whatever you
love, whatever you want to do. It's not
a matter of making a profit. You need to
keep doing it.
"The whole creative process is
something that comes from inside you.
It's like giving birth. The harder it is,
the more satisfaction."
The wall hangings of Nili Aharoni
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By LAURA WILLIAMS
Student musicians are keeping
in tune at UNC.
The applied music program at
UNC offers several advantages to
students who are interested in les
sons in voice, piano, guitar, trom
bone, trumpet or a variety of other
Taking lessons through this
music program is more convenient
than taking them from a private
instructor, said Jonathan Guy, a
freshman math education major
Students can walk to their les
sons from their dormitory room
and they can receive academic
credit, said Guy, who is taking
Guy, who has been playing the
trumpet for seven years, is a first
part trumpet player for the March
ing Tar Heel band. Guy is taking
lessons for one- half hour of credit
to help improve his playing skills,
"If I don't take lessons then I
probably won't improve while I'm
here (at UNC)," he said.
According to Dixie Flannery, the
applied music secretary, any stu
dent is eligible to take lessons, not
just majors. The lessons are offered
every semester and students can
take lessons for one-half hour or
one hour credit, or for no credit at
The fee for one-half hour credit
is $75 and the fee for one hour
credit is $ 140. There is an extra fee
for the use of a practice room. In
struction is also available to other
Chapel Hill residents oh a limited
basis but at a higher price.
Students interested in taking
lessons must enroll during the regu
lar University registration period
at the beginning of each term. Music
majors are given priority for les
sons but non-majors are also eli
gible. Debbie Tan, a freshman psy
chology major from Raleigh, has
found that taking piano lessons
gives her a chance to continue in an
art that she has distinguished her
self in during the last few years.
Tan said she felt that piano was
still a part of her education, and the
lessons offered by the department
gave her a chance to keep her skills
in tune. Although Tan is not a music
major, she said piano is still a nec
essary part of her life.
"I've been in competitive piano
for a while. I began piano when I
was five years old," Tan said. "In
high school I was really involved in
piano. I went to Enloe Magnet
school in Raleigh for the concen
trated piano instruction. I can't let
go of it yet."
During high school, Tan com
peted in some very important
competitions. In 1988, Tan won
first place in the North Carolina
Music Federation competition at
the highest level of skill.
That same year Tan competed in
an international festival in Michi
gan. "I'd never played against
people who played so well. I didn't
place there, but I had a lot of fun,"
"If I didn't have piano I wouldn't
have developed into the kind of
person I am. You can put all of your
emotions into playing, and it doesn't
matter what kind (of emotion). You
can play when you are sad or when
you are mad to relieve stress," Tan
"Piano gives you another dimen
sion because we can speak through
music without using our voice.
Whatever feeling you have you are
putting it into the keyboard and it
comes out as a sound. It's an outlet
for stress or when you're mad. It's
another way to express yourself."
Guy also said that music served
an important purpose in his life.
"I like music in general. I
wouldn't mind playing any instru
ment if I knew how."
Tan said that being good at pi
ano also has practical advantages.
"People always need musicians,
and if you enjoy it, why not?"
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