Blue Water Ketubah

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Blue Water Ketubah

The request was clear and challenging!  This couple had met at university where they were both swimmers.  Specific college blue and a text laid out to indicate the movement of water.  This simple and elegant design took shape in the center of the paper, written in Shiela Water’s updated version of Carolingian lettering, with an opening Hebrew paragraph matching the English by the tilt of the lettering.  The border design is built up of multiple ribbons of watercolor paper of varying textures and weights.  Dots of 23K gold leaf complete the design, catching...

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Modern Yiddish Marriage Contract

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Modern Yiddish Marriage Contract

A brilliant and exuberant couple, deeply involved in Yiddish folk life, offered me the opportunity to expand Jewish folk arts this year by crafting their ketubah in Yiddish and English.  After writing their text, it was translated into exquisite Yiddish by Itsik Gottesman, and then the fun began!  One Skype conversation pretty much brought us to a final goal:  papercut art representing the seasons, heavy on tree images, four specific bold colors, and the text in a circle with the squared art around it.  Particularly touching is the fact that the groom’s mother has been a papercutting student of mine over the years, so I knew as I was working, that her eyes would be processing the work in a way different from most other wedding guests! The text and design are elevated slightly from the background painting, which also features splashes of 23 K gold leaf to catch the...

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Pomegranates and Grapes Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Pomegranates and Grapes Papercut Ketubah

The simple description of this ketubah – round, monochromatic, featuring papercut with grapes and pomegranates – belies the visual interest that pulls you into the ketubah. The couple knew at the outset that they would be using a traditional text, and that to honor the bride’s grandparents, they would want a bee for grandmom’s Hebrew name, and a harp to acknowledge granddad’s being a Levi.  We talked back and forth and Skyped designs, and finally settled on a traditional text in circle, lettered in a lovely, soft taupe, paint mixed to match the mat board I had purchased with the bride and groom in mind. The tiniest raised dots of gold leaf placed at the ‘waistline’ of the letters that ring the ketubah text catch the light and add an additional dimension to the piece. I mounted the text so that it floats above the background mat, and created a presentation folder (as I do for all my ketubot) with a small flap cut from the acetate cover so that when signing, nobody would risk snagging the delicate papercut....

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Bezalel Style Ketubah Detail

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Bezalel Style Ketubah Detail

In the 1920’s the Bezalel School of Art in Palestine drew on the popular design styles of contemporary German artists and combined that sensibility with Biblical imagery and traditional Hebrew texts.  This manner of framing vignettes around a central text is sometimes useful when couples come to me with a long list of disparate imagery they’d like worked into their ketubah. Here’s a detail from one such ketubah which incorporated images fof Jerusalem, references to the couple’s Hebrew names, holidays and times of year that were significant to them, and multiple passages from Hebrew...

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Autumn Leaves Ketubah

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Autumn Leaves Ketubah

Soft fall coloring behind the tiny leaves of more than a dozen trees bracket the double text of this ketubah.  As with each of my pieces, I try to capture the essence of what a couple tells me, and the research I do is part of the joy of...

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Seasons Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 2 comments

Seasons Papercut Ketubah

This design for this ketubah evolved very quickly once the couple found their words!  Abstract, papercut, seasons, a connection to Israel, nature, and a very specific palette of colors!  Finding the balance between the nature images they wanted and the request for abstraction was easy, since I explained that the nature of papercutting already creates a level of abstraction in the design. The link to Israel is the olive tree on the right, and the seasons are represented by both the imagery and the suggestions of color which the couple chose.  The seasons move clockwise, so at the base of the olive tree (autumn) there’s a shift into winter.  The first flower that appears is the snowdrop, a bloom that tends to pop up out of the snow in February.  Spring flowers move the eye up into full summer, suggested by blazing color in the upper left. A cacophony of  color was supplied via paint chips, and I spent one delightful day simply stirring colors to blend.  Take a look at the palette prior to finding its way into a seasonal...

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