Modern Yiddish Marriage Contract

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 2 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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Mennonite Heritage Center Folk Arts Show

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in News, Public Art, Upcoming Events, Visual Art | 0 comments

Mennonite Heritage Center Folk Arts Show

I’ll have 12 works hanging in the annual folk arts show benefiting the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, PA, opening December 6, 2014 and running through the month of December.  The works will range from English language illustrated quotes to Hebrew/English works taken from Pirke Avot and the Torah.  Of particular interest are several intricate papercuts.  In both language history and folk arts traditions, the Jewish and Pennsylvania German/Mennonite cultures have many points of intersection, and I look forward to being a featured artist among creators of Fraktur work and other lettering and paper arts....

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All the Difference Colorful Papercut

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Currently Available, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

All the Difference Colorful Papercut

Inspiration abounds in Pirke Avot, and Danny Seigel’s translation of a verse from the book continues to resonate and renew itself as I explore the text visually.  This papercut, all connected in sometimes tiny places, features gently falling olive branches and fruit, and the text in Hebrew and English.  Pastel chalks, the particular box of which has accompanied me for many a mile, blend in the background, setting off the white text and design, and bringing it to...

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Peace of Jerusalem Papercut

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Jewish Ritual Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Peace of Jerusalem Papercut

Prayers for peace in Jerusalem and around the world are part of every prayer service in Jewish life. This papercut image captures the text of Psalm 122 and images of beauty in the Jerusalem – the City of Peace. The text and papercut are crafted on one sheet of paper, and the background is created of blended pastel chalks on rough paper.  Susan is happy to craft pieces like this to meet your...

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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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All the Difference Custom Painting

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

All the Difference Custom Painting

I was commissioned to create a simple piece of art to present to a speaker who had traveled from Israel to address a large audience.  Assuming suitcase space for the flight home would be at a premium, this piece is quite small, about 10″...

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