Delicate Seasons Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Delicate Seasons Papercut Ketubah

The simplicity of this ketubah belies the complexity of the couples’ intentions and the work involved in bringing their vision to life. We began with a request for leafy images of the turning of the season and a very simple papercut design.  After many sketches sent back and forth, we hit upon a design that nests the text in a pattern of abstracted twigs.  The seasons are referenced in tiny buds, opening blossoms, new leaves, and finally aging and falling leaves – only a few for each season.  It’s worth the effort to spot the seasons this way!  The background color took 5 different tubes of paint to mix in order to match the periwinkle blue paint chip that the couple chose.  The background was painted on a stretched sheet of watercolor paper and then the text and papercut image were dropped on top to allow the cut paper to sit a bit...

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Papercut Orchestra Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Papercut Orchestra Ketubah

As always, the drawing table is clear when I start work on a ketubah and I am wide open to a new adventure!  This couple met while playing in an orchestra, he the horn, and she the bassoon, and along with the papercut images and the sunrise on the sea, they wanted the instruments somewhat hidden in the design.  The French horn (based on a photo of his magnificent instrument from an earlier era) was the easiest since it lent itself to becoming the rising sun.  The bassoon took some tweaking, at first very recognizable with all the stops and valves, and then stripped down a bit and nestled in among some sea grasses to keep it part of the bigger picture. Creating this piece involved lots of images sent back and forth to make sure the tree was just what the couple wanted.  If you look closely you can see that the papercut is elevated just slightly from the pastel colored background so it creates a thin shadow effect.  This way the delicacy of the papercut cannot be confused with a silk screened print. Here’s a look at the text and papercut before the color was...

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Arts Residency in Teaneck, NJ

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in News, Performances, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

Arts Residency in Teaneck, NJ

What a wonderful residency at Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, NJ.  It was Shabbat Shira, Tu B’Shevat, and the full moon even entertained us with a penumbral eclipse. This enthusiastic and welcoming congregation opened its heart to celebrate everything, and what was to many prior to the weekend an odd opportunity at best, came to be a full embrace of Yiddish!  We examined gilgulim as a contemporary construct with Jewish song as the vehicle in a lecture/recital on Shabbat afternoon.  The incredibly gifted Adrian Banner joined me on the piano for a full concert after Shabbat, and the room was full and engaged. As always, life-long Yiddish speakers with a depth of knowledge in song repertoire came up to me after the concert tickled that I had shared material they’d never heard before.  And that’s exactly what I aim for: bringing Yiddish alive with surprises and...

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Teaneck, New Jersey – Arts Residency

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Teaneck, New Jersey – Arts Residency

I’ll be in residence at Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, New Jersey on February 11, 2017, for both a lecture/recital and a full concert!  The afternoon program, titled Gilgulim, will explore the nature of changing visions of life in Yiddish song.  How often do nostalgia, magical thinking, and the very evolution of songs themselves alter our sense of where we are in time and space?  And in the evening, the brilliant Adrian Banner will join me on piano for a rich, full concert.  The intense relevance of Yiddish culture at this time in our lives is shaping the program.  Come with open minds and hearts and we will fill you with song!  For information:...

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Leaves and Petals Ring the Seasons Ketubah

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Leaves and Petals Ring the Seasons Ketubah

The color palette of the seasons is represented in a ring of 32 trees, each one moving in color and foliage ever so slightly as the year marches forward.  The color changes are echoed in several lines that translate the chosen modern Hebrew text of the ketubah, lines the couple wanted to emphasize in their promises to one another.  Tucked in among the leaves is the college logo of the school where the couple met.  One of the special aspects of designing from scratch is the ability to place personal images and messages in the document to crystalize moments or experiences shared by the...

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