Autumn Leaves Ketubah

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Autumn Leaves Ketubah

Soft fall coloring behind the tiny leaves of more than a dozen trees bracket the double text of this ketubah.  As with each of my pieces, I try to capture the essence of what a couple tells me, and the research I do is part of the joy of...

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KlezKamp 29 in the Catskills

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

KlezKamp 29 in the Catskills

KlezKamp! Once again, the very best nurturers and purveyors of Yiddish culture will flock to the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, NY to create a week-long celebration and incubator for learning.  Music, literature, foodways, traditional singing and plastic arts.  Don’t miss it! December 22 is the start date, and when we depart the following Friday, we’ll be carrying home inspiration to last til the next KlezKamp gathering (July in Madison, WI!) I’ll be teaching traditional papercutting and a lecture/recital series on Yiddish song, and the BIG event for me will be the first release party and concert as my new recording, Deep Skies, appears at the Eppis Center at...

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CD Release Party!!!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in News, Recordings, Upcoming Events, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

CD Release Party!!!

Finally!  After an incredibly long and creative journey, my new recording will be ready for release in mid-December, 2013.  Featuring an array of gifted musicians from string quartets to brass bands, and spare guitar and a cappella voices, Deep Skies will delight you – guaranteed!!! The first public release party will take place at KlezKamp at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, NY.  Stay tuned for more information, but DO plan to come to a release party when you can.  Brilliant music, high energy, surprisingly fresh treatments of Yiddish songs!  Oh – the musicians include Michael Winograd (arranger and producer, as well as brilliant clarinetist), Frank London, Dan Kahn, Dan Blacksberg, Lauren Brody Avi and Benjy Fox-Rosen… and on and on!  Wow!...

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Seasons Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 2 comments

Seasons Papercut Ketubah

This design for this ketubah evolved very quickly once the couple found their words!  Abstract, papercut, seasons, a connection to Israel, nature, and a very specific palette of colors!  Finding the balance between the nature images they wanted and the request for abstraction was easy, since I explained that the nature of papercutting already creates a level of abstraction in the design. The link to Israel is the olive tree on the right, and the seasons are represented by both the imagery and the suggestions of color which the couple chose.  The seasons move clockwise, so at the base of the olive tree (autumn) there’s a shift into winter.  The first flower that appears is the snowdrop, a bloom that tends to pop up out of the snow in February.  Spring flowers move the eye up into full summer, suggested by blazing color in the upper left. A cacophony of  color was supplied via paint chips, and I spent one delightful day simply stirring colors to blend.  Take a look at the palette prior to finding its way into a seasonal...

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Romanian Architecture Ketubah – Modern Hebrew, Yiddish, and English

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Romanian Architecture Ketubah – Modern Hebrew, Yiddish, and English

Fresh from their year’s work in Romania and Moldova, this couple chose to set their ketubah with papercuts inspired by architectural details of the clock tower of Sighisoura, rural woodwork, oh, and a design from the cover of an old piece of Yiddish sheet music!  Musicians, cultural researchers…  what a joy to collaborate with these folks! A trilingual ketubah: modern Hebrew, English, and Yiddish.  This provided a challenge to get three texts of different lengths (the Yiddish – “an inefficient language,” their translator quipped, when that text turned out to be about 100 words longer than each of the other two!) to fit neatly into identical rectangles. (And nope, I use no computer to plot this out.  It’s all eyes, a straight edge, and 10th grade geometry!) The rest of the wish list included specific architectural details, French horns and basses, and colors ranging from purples and greens to touches of yellow/orange. Here you see the result, and a few of the inspirations:                              ...

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