Vivid Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Vivid Papercut Ketubah

The exuberance of this couple is reflected in their concise wish-list for their ketubah:  “Bright!  A circular text with papercuts and a tree and two doves and… whatever you think!  Bright and colorful!”  We talked to flesh out some more specifics, but basically I was guided by a feeling of their energy and relationship.  So here’s the finished product, which brought them to tears and had them each ask me how I had climbed into their minds to craft exactly what they’d hoped for!

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Calla Lily Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Calla Lily Papercut Ketubah

The bride and groom approached me with a desire to develop an elaborate and meaningful papercut design for their ketubah, and with just that much information and their short list of images – calla lilies, menorah, chai, a tree of life symbol, their Hebrew names, and a passage from Song of Songs – I set to work!  I chose a domed shape for the text and a curved top to the entire piece to soften the look, as well as to connect to some historic ketubot, and tapped some traditional patterns from Arabic tilework as the lacy network to hold the papercut together.  Hours and hours of cutting, and about two dozen blades left me with a happily tingling forefinger and a carpet of confetti!  The couple chose to frame the ketubah by first mounting it on museum grade (non-reflective) Plexiglas, for the ceremony, that will eventually give the impression that the papercut ketubah is floating above the backing mat once the framing is complete. The lettering around the perimeter reads, “Ani l’dodi v’dodi li” in Hebrew across the top, and the English translation, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” wrapping around the bottom.  On either side are the bride and groom’s names in Hebrew.  The engineering challenge in crafting a papercut is to make sure everything stays attached, so particular care is taken to plan connections before a knife touches the paper. Calla Lily Papercut Ketubah    ...

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Matisse-Inspired Cutout Ketubah

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 in Ketubah Art, Papercuts | 0 comments

Matisse-Inspired Cutout Ketubah

Simple cutout leaves and berries inspired by the work of Henri Matisse provides a setting for this jewel-tone ketubah. The ketubah was constructed in a way that elevates it above the background, the same color waterpaper with some of the ‘berries’ backed with gold leaf. The design is subtle and elegant.

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Custom Ketubah Art

Posted by on Jul 4, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

At this time, all of my ketubot are commissioned, one-of-a-kind works.   Click on the “Read More” button to access the gallery of custom ketubah art.

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Sol LeWitt-inspired Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Sol LeWitt-inspired Ketubah

The late American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt was a friend and inspiration to this couple, and they chose to acknowledge his impact on them and their community by focusing on LeWitt’s brilliant colors and minimalist drawings.   Hours of study of Sol LeWitt’s works and artistic statements led me to a color palette and a style of abstract thumbnails, each of which represents some essential interest or quality of the bride and groom. The five tiny ink drawings which set off the lettering are simplified abstract nods to  art, writing, music, and a joyfully creative relationship that characterize the couple’s life...

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Israeli Wildflowers Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 19, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Israeli Wildflowers Ketubah

One member of this couple has 7 generations of roots in Israel!   Their choice of theme was protected Israeli wildflowers with the addition of the bride’s bouquet flowers – calla lilies.  Flanking the text are two eucalyptus trees, and in the near ground, sprigs of blooming eucalyptus.   The canopy across the top, of course, represents the huppah. When researching the trees, I found that not only are eucalyptus trees not native to Israel (they were introduced from Australia to help stabilize the soil when the swamps were drained), but also that there are species that bear little resemblence to one another in flower!   So it was back to the couple to specify exactly which type of tress they wanted.   We all learned something interesting!...

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