Peacock Pair in the Pomegante Tree Ketubah

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Peacock Pair in the Pomegante Tree Ketubah

There was magic afoot when I was able to share the tradition of the goldene pave (the golden peacock), as a symbol of Yiddish culture after learning how deeply connected the bride felt to her own tradition’s veneration of the beauty of the same bird. The three of us worked closely on every aspect of the papercut design you see above in order to bring their desire for a vivid setting of their words to life. Tucked into the center of the document is the Sanskrit, translated into English and circling the...

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Where There is Love Marriage Document

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Where There is Love Marriage Document

A marriage that honors the traditions of Judaism and Greek culture led this couple to incorporate both Greek and Hebrew in the design of this elaborate papercut document. The line, “Where there is love, there is life” appears in the text and has been pulled out to create the design on either side of the text lozenge.  Surrounded by papercut olive branches and a traditional key pattern, the text is centered and floats above a painted background that simulates deep space and the imagery with which we have become familiar by way of the Hubble satellite and others.  Color was most important to the bride and groom, and touches of gold sparkle through the piece. The entire work is cut from one sheet of white paper with the Greek and Hebrew words painted gold on the...

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Israeli Wildflowers Glass Mosaic

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Currently Available, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Israeli Wildflowers Glass Mosaic

Branching out into glass mosaic is a natural extension of the glass work I’ve done as wall art in the past.  This 16″ X 20″ piece is all hand cut and mounted, with one glass fusion poppy. The artwork represents endangered wildflowers of Israel.  The piece is finished in glass on the sides and is ready to hang.  Inquire about...

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White on White Lattice Ketubah

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

White on White Lattice Ketubah

While papercutting is a largely universal folk art form, and while Jewish tradition has a rich history of ritual papercuts, the shifting of this craft into 21st Century Jewish expression is extraordinary in its appeal. Based on the clarity of this couple, decisions about the colors, shapes, and overall treatment of the ketubah came together very quickly.  The entire piece is hand-cut from a very sturdy water color paper (which reminded my throughout the cutting that it used to be a tree!), and the background paper is just slightly more off-white, creating the most subtle contrast.  Contrast is more strongly enhanced by raising up the front paper from the back paper by cutting the thinnest slivers of acid-free board and gluing them to the ‘struts’ to elevate the cut surface! The intentional drawing of the eye towards the text is done by subtly cutting the inner rectangle’s lines just a hair thinner than those on the outside, and making the spaces just a bit smaller. The intention is not to call attention to this, but to bring the eye to the text in the most natural...

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Yiddish Peacocks Ketubah

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Yiddish Peacocks Ketubah

It’s a rare opportunity for me when a couple asks me to create a document in mame-loshn – Yiddish! In this case, both bride and groom are Yiddish-literate, so the beauty of the poetry that borders the document and the deft translation from Shir Hashirim by Yehoash (between the text blocks) are deeply understood, as is the text they wrote in Yiddish that was translated into Modern Hebrew. The jumping off point for the design was a collection of several antique kesubes from Europe, and those designs informed the rough layout of the design, although every single design decision was made anew between the artist and the couple, bringing it solidly into 21st Century artistic sensibilities while maintaining the strongest traditional feel.  It was truly a gift to be able to work on this meaningful...

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