Bonfire at the Solstice Ketubah

Posted by on May 20, 2022 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Bonfire at the Solstice Ketubah

Every ketubah tells a story and some of them have spectacular plots!  This couple exchanged vows on the Winter Solstice during the worst of the pandemic, and they commissioned a ketubah for a celebratory wedding months later.  To capture the magic of the time they married, they requested a bonfire bringing light into the darkness, the moon in the exact phase of the solstice in 2021, the two hawks which appeared at the moment they stood at Lake Erie to exchange vows (!!), and the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at that same time.  Both deeply connected to music, they chose to have a personal reference to a particularly meaningful song. One of the joys of creating a ketubah ‘from scratch’ means that symbols and images may be worked into the design where only the couple can recognize them.  A...

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Simple Taupe Ketubah

Posted by on May 15, 2022 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Simple Taupe Ketubah

For a wedding taking place in Mexico, the couple opted for a most simple lettered ketubah scaled to be packed and carried in a suitcase!  My Hebrew lettering mentor, Ismar David, z”l, felt that the beauty of letters themselves were ‘enough of a feast’ and I agree.  It’s rare that I have the opportunity to focus on just that.  Tiny dots of gold leaf provide touches of...

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Philly Blue Ketubah

Posted by on May 15, 2022 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Philly Blue Ketubah

Very simple guidance here – blue color, papercut, a passage from Song of Songs, and images of beloved Philadelphia… And here it is. Oh, darn, I should have added a pretzel with...

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Collaborative Palm Beach Ketubah

Posted by on May 10, 2022 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Collaborative Palm Beach Ketubah

A wedding planner for this couple arranged for an artist’s water color painting of the Breakers Hotel (the site of the wedding, of course) to be used with permission as a Save The Date card.  Then the couple contacted me with a desire to use the same painting as the background for the ketubah, so back to the artist we went to secure permission.  I worked with the existing design and lettered the text and signature lines onto a high quality print on watercolor...

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Peacocks in Their Favorite Places Ketubah

Posted by on May 10, 2022 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Peacocks in Their Favorite Places Ketubah

When a couple provides a carefully curated list of images for a ketubah design, I am usually very, very happy because it activates my ‘now make this all hang together beautifully’ energy.  Here’s a great example. We have two skiers, an apple tree, favorite house plants, collected stone critters, lake, beach, mountain, a Yiddish verse… and intricately hand-cut and colored peacocks.  The wonder of art is that we can pretend that all the seasons live happily together on one the page!  What...

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Collaborative Two-Part Ketubah

Posted by on Dec 27, 2021 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Collaborative Two-Part Ketubah

  A challenge in this time of upended expectations came to me in the guise of a printed document that needed embellishment.  Early in the pandemic, this couple chose to marry in a tiny ceremony at a very carefully chosen woodland site in Maine.  With a text already completed and access to photos, I was able to recreate the setting in a ‘frame’ around the print:  the huppah, bridal bouquet, site of their engagement and dinners, and reference to the garlic scapes, bicycles, and landscape of the beautiful setting of the wedding.  A bit of papercut art breaks through the frame and connects the bouquet to the central text.  With so much taken away in isolation, this work of the heart is a step towards honoring that great strange day.  Mazal tov!  ...

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