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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River of Words Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

River of Words Ketubah

A palette of color, complementary lettering styles and a vision of simplicity and movement were all that were needed to develop this ketubah.   The small papercut ‘shema’ with tiny gold leaf specks picks up the lightest line of text, written in gold, and brings the entire piece to life.

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Rennie MacIntosh-Inspired Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Rennie MacIntosh-Inspired Ketubah

A color palette limited to copper, red, blue and black is the perfect compliment to the designs inspired by the early 20th Century artist Charles Rennie MacIntosh.   This custom ketubah, even in its simplicity acknowledges the family backgrounds and aesthetic sensibilities of the couple.   Not every tiny cut square is backed with color, and the manner in which the piece is assembled allows the depth of those blank squares to create a play of light and shadow over the piece.   This ketubah was commissioned in 2011. Here’s a close-up:

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Jerusalem to NYC Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Jerusalem to NYC Ketubah

Sometimes the images that people want on their ketubot spring so fully formed that there’s little for me to do but listen up and prepare my brushes!   This couple knew exactly how they wanted their document to look, with meaningful references to their Jewish lives and the influence of the Big Apple on each of them.   The lower corners obviously highlight architectural landmarks from Jerusalem and New York, and closer to the center a small feast of foods include not only kiddush wine, but the groom’s late father’s favorite egg cream next to the seltzer bottle. Notice that the colors of this entire ketubah are soft.  The text was written in grey ink, not black, to fit into the design as the focal point without overwhelming the delicacy of the rest of the surrounding imagery.    ...

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Pomegranates and Grapefruits Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Pomegranates and Grapefruits Ketubah

Somewhat fanciful, definitely tasty!   The bride gave me a concise list of fruits that she wanted to frame the text.   I used pomegranate leaves and blossoms to connect the upper right and lower left.   I love these requests. Some years ago I was researching a piece of art that incorporated the 7 species from the Torah and I found an old book on a library shelf published by Oxford University – a compendium of paintings of edible fruits and nuts from around the world.  I wanted to eat it up!   I used it, turned it back in, and then returned to the library about 2 months later to check it out again.  To my dismay it had been ‘de-acquisitioned’ – tossed out as useless!!   Agkh!!!  Love your library, and be sure to tell the librarians when you fall in love with an obscure book.  It might just save it from becoming recycled...

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Engagement Scene Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Engagement Scene Ketubah

Clusters of white and tiny blue flowers bookend the painted image of the place where this couple decided to marry.  Quite often, people send me photos to work from, and it’s always a delight to be privileged to hear the ‘back story’ which makes it possible for me to produce a lasting image that captures what’s inside the bride and groom!  The outer blue border was meticulously painted around everything else to create an inner frame.   As with other clients, I asked this couple to send me paint chips and I mixed the paint to match their preferred colors. In the top of the canopy, the words in raised gold leaf spell out “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” in Yiddish. I always try to get details details details from people so I can read their minds artistically, but I also advise folks to not choose the color palette for their ketubah to match the sofa!  Furniture changes, taste changes, and hopefully the marriage will outlast current styles and remain a treasured part of a home for decades to come!...

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