Interview- Myriam Namoralu (Israel)

By Cesar Obeid



Mrs Namolaru, thank you to answer some questions about string figures to Brazilian People. The first question is “Were you were born and when was your first contact whit string figures?”

1. I was born in France in 1965.  I immigrated to Israel when I was twenty year old.  My first contact was with a book: I was 15 year old and I bought fifty-fifty with my mother  "Games of the world". It was a book about history, building and playing games.  There were some pages about string figures but I think at the time, I was interested by building games and less by playing.  And it was only when I've had internet that I wanting to know more about string games, and I found ISFA!



2- Why you decide to work with string figures?

2. String figures are not just a game, is more, and I felt so well when I first played with a loop. String games are also connected with history, geography and stories, all what I love.



3 - Which was the figure that made you spend more time until you completed it?  How much time did you spend to do it?

3. Well, the "Fox and the Whale" is the figure which has taken many many hours until I completed it. When I decided to make a video, I needed four videos to explain it....


4- Sometimes someone talks to me about how is difficult to do one figure more complicate. What we really need to be an expert string figures maker?

4. You need to be patient. And as James Murphy said "Remember, you are smart enough to become good at anything, and it takes practice to get good"

When you are learning a figure more complicated, remember, learn it by pieces. Why hurry? When I first learnt "the dog with a big ears", it takes me a week to master it. If you want to be an expert string figures maker, you need to experiment by doing variations or invent new string figures like Yukio Shishido  or Martin Probert.



5- In this time, our kids love to play on computers and electronic interactive games. But, when they knew how to make one string figure, they can’t stop to move their hands until complete the figure. What’s this magic? Do the string figures have future in this electronic world?

5. Kids love to invent and play: a variation is simple to make, they need only a loop and patience. The child need to experiment, to fail and to succeed It's important. String figures give confidence, it's all what ours kids need.



6- I want you to make free to talk about you want about string figures.    

6. I wonder sometimes, why string games took up so much room in my life.  But what is important to me is to make know to other, the joy to make  string figures. When I first learnt a figure, is was by reading, but now     they are many videos, it's so easy today to learn string games When I first saw ISFA's site, I thought immediatly: "why only in English, why not in French or in Hebrew. This is what I have done. Then I saw the magazines and the bulletins. So amazing! Again, it's important to translate them but also to put some magazines and some articles for free in English too. Now you can be member for free, which means you can see all the ISFA's videos, you can read some articles, some magazines and more. Life is wonderful.


Thanks, Myrian Namolaru