Ariel Tidhar was born and raised in Chicago in an American-Israeli family. She grew up being sent to school with a packed lunch of pita & hummus with tiny Israeli pickled eggplant on the side. She has vivid memories of being infatuated by the arts and being in art and sewing classes from a young age. In her 5th grade yearbook, students were asked to list what they wanted to be when they grew up, and under Ariel’s name it said “future fashion designer.” Born in a lineage of fashion creatives, including a mother who studied fashion design and a grandmother who was a seamstress, it was no surprise that Ariel went on to study fashion design after high school.
“Choosing to be a creative isn’t always easy,” She said. “But using my body and soul to create something that is not only an expression of my Judaism, but also gives my customers a chance to express their Judaism in a way that works for them, is something that brings me immense joy and pride. The roots of the Ariel Tidhar brand is, and always will be built on a Jewish foundation.”
Ariel graduated in May 2016 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Fashion Design. During her time at Pratt, Ariel fell in love with textile, embellishment, and color. Her work has evolved to combine a sprinkle of Jewish humor as well as nostalgic references that honor her Israeli roots. She uses hand-craft as a way to lessen the divide between art and fashion.
She continues to enhance and use these methods in her present work. In recent years, Ariel’s work has expanded to include modern Judaica pieces, home décor, and accessories. Ariel is currently based in Brooklyn, NY where she designs and constructs her small batch Judaica collection. To get in contact with the studio please email firstname.lastname@example.org