I Betroth You to Me Ketubah

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

I Betroth You to Me Ketubah

The very warm colors of this ketubah were selected by the bride and groom to be carried out in the border design as well as the wildflowers wrapping the huppah poles.  Around the border are the words of the Hebrew text from Hosea 2:19 : “And I will betroth you to me for ever; I will betroth you to me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercy.”  You will notice that the text is broken up so that you start reading in the middle right following over the top, and then pick up again in the middle right and read down and up to the middle left.  Why?  It’s a calligrapher’s custom to break lettering that runs all around a design so that the reader does not have to stand on his or her head to read upside-down text at the bottom! This design brings traditional imagery from many cultures together: Celtic knotwork, Persian tile patterns, contemporary north American floral painting, and the color scheme that resonates with the bride’s southern Indian heritage. Notice the very tiny tsitsit in the corners of the huppah canopy, a visual reminder of the couple’s commitment to Jewish...

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Come Grow Old With Me Papercut

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Come Grow Old With Me Papercut

A commissioned papercut work to honor the special birthday of a beloved spouse, capturing meaningful images and text.  The background is hand-painted in multiple layers of rich watercolor flecked with silver over the deep purples and...

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Macramé Tapestry Ketubah

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Macramé Tapestry Ketubah

I crafted this ketubah for the wedding of two men who had each been married before and had raised children in their first marriages. The details of the intricate macramé tell the stories of their lives: At the top, the designs are orderly and forming the kinds of designs that characterize traditional knotted art.  Then the patterns begin to break and shift.  Cords get cut off and move in different directions – off the path – finally to come together in a single beautiful design that remains unfinished.  The threads carry off below the paper for the story to yet be written.  At the upper right are a small round mirror as a reminder to look within, and a bundle of eight cords wound with the traditional wraps and knots of the tsitsit, a reminder of the value of Jewish practice in their...

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Swirling Blue-violet Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Swirling Blue-violet Papercut Ketubah

I love process!  Talking with the groom about imagery and specific color led us to three colors – turquoise for the text and a watercolor background of dusky violet and blue behind a swirl of papercut art.  There are tiny raised dots of 23K gold leaf on the text area that sharpen focus on the words and give the piece a subtle gleam. Setting the text block off center adds visual interest and enhances the sense of movement which is the concept behind this work. The finished ketubah was shipped flat (as all of my pieces are) with an acetate cover inside the folder and a small flap cut just over the signature area to make sure that nothing would snag the delicate papercut...

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Let Us Strengthen One Another

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Let Us Strengthen One Another

Film producer Nancy Spielberg was presented with this hand-made papercut at a screening of her film “Above and Beyond” – the previously untold story of the intrepid handful of young fliers who returned from WWII and shipped off to the fledgling state of Israel in 1948 to establish the country’s first air force.  The papercut captures the color scheme of Ms Spielberg’s promotional materials and the sense of dry desert sand, swirling around the planes.  The effect was produced by sifting pastel chalk onto a heavily textured mat board and blending the colored powders.  The words spell Hazak, hazak, v’nithazek – Be strong, be strong, and let us strengthen one...

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