Lecturing

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in News, Susan at work | 0 comments

Lecturing

The use of PowerPoint has freed up time in lecture/recitals because I can provide translations on a screen and spend more time providing context and singing.

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Papercutting

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in News, Papercuts, Susan at work | 0 comments

Papercutting

Using X-acto blades, I carefully cut away areas to reveal only the ‘positive space’ that becomes the finished papercut.  The time needed to plan the piece often exceeds the actual cutting by hours and hours because anything inadvertently left unconnected will fall out and ruin the artwork. I’ve been teaching Jewish papercutting for well over a decade, and it never ceases to amaze people that it is such a simple and intuitive craft that can become maddeningly complex if you are drawn to its potential for detail.

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Teaching Lettering Art

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in News, Susan at work, Visual Art | 0 comments

Teaching Lettering Art

My years of work as a calligrapher help give people the eyes with which to recognize historic Hebrew letter forms and the practice to form them.  I regularly take time away from singing and creating my own art to teach others to try the ancient art of Hebrew calligraphy.  This photo was taken by Albert Winn at a gathering of KlezKamp, the 26-year old Yiddish Folk Arts Program held every winter in the Catskill Mountains.

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Bezalel Style Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Bezalel Style Ketubah

This couple had a long and diverse list of images they wanted to incorporate into their ketubah, and since they ranged from references to their Hebrew names, respective family trees, and favorite holidays to lunar cycles and Jerusalem, I chose to compartmentalize the vignettes by utilizing a layout that was popular in the 1920’s in the recently founded Bezalel School of Art in what was then Palestine.  The Art Nouveau-influenced use of curved lines brought to the school by German immigrant artists came to characterize a Jewish style of that period, and this very fact was meaningful to the couple along with their specific imagery requests. Challenges like this, to create balance out of a dissimilar list of images, is a great part of the joy my work brings...

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Memorial Chapel Wall

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in News, Public Art | 0 comments

Memorial Chapel Wall

This line from a poem by Rabbi Jack Reimer was selected to grace the upper back wall of a memorial chapel when the space was renovated.  The idea was to offer an appropriate thought to people as they slowly and silently exit the chapel.   I mixed color to blend with the rest of the decor and laid out the lines of text directly on the upper wall.   When I realized that construction workers much bigger than I am tromp around on the same scaffolding, I figured I was ok, but it was still a departure from the safety of my studio.

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