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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Four Seasons in the Catskills Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Four Seasons in the Catskills Ketubah

This was one of those ketubot that just made space for joy from the very first conversation. The couple requested a representation of the four seasons circling the text, and photos of green spaces in the Catskill Mountain range in New York (where the bride and I had actually met years earlier!) became the guiding vision. We discussed everything and came up with a fanciful and yet grounded vision, full of energy and growth, with spring and winter trees establishing a backdrop for the birch trees crowned in full summer and blazing autumn foliage.  To balance the design, and to emphasize the different planes represented in the painting, a spring branch of a blooming magnolia and a winter twig with a brilliant male cardinal jump forward in the upper left and right to break up the masses of painted...

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Decorative Archway Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Decorative Archway Ketubah

Predominantly blue, this architecturally inspired ketubah is composed of elements that recall a wide variety of decorative styles – Celtic knots, European marble columns, Persian tilework, and simple swirls that echo manuscript...

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Ketubah for a Wedding in the Zoo!

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Ketubah for a Wedding in the Zoo!

A delightful couple decided to marry at the Ramat Gan Zoo in Tel Aviv, and contacted me to create an “Ark-y Animals” Ketubah! I had free rein to choose the menagerie, except for the couple’s pet Canaanite Dog, Nina, whose portrait graces the lower left of the document.  It was great fun to roam the children’s shelves at a local library and find the perfect poses of giraffes, meerkats, and turtles.  Who else gets to do...

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Art Deco Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Art Deco Papercut Ketubah

A most joyous opportunity here, to create a ketubah for a very special couple who share a rare clarity of vision and the ability to communicate it!  We started with just a few ideas: papercut, curvy art deco style, and a color palette that would work in any room over time. We bounced around sketches and ideas, and I even ordered swatches of wallpaper from a very high end art paper manufacturer, only to toss them out upon arrival when the petroleum aroma became too much to bear!  Finally I hit upon a lovely stained glass image from a home in Melbourne, Australia.  I adapted the design to papercutting and interpreted the many colors of glass in the original into multi-textured acrylic paints in a neutral palette. I enhanced the full-bodied paints with a concoction to increase their thickness, and I must admit, it was almost too much fun to play with the goo I came up with! The colors include silvers and golds, and the piece catches the light and shimmers! Several areas are even filled with micro glass beads. The coloring and texture choices in a ketubah like this are part of an organic process that grows bit by...

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