Torah Wimples

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

Torah Wimples

Goucher College commissioned me to craft mantles for their two Torah scrolls, and I sewed these wimples to match the Torah covers. In both Ashkenazi and Sephardi tradition, the Torah wimple holds an important place in communal and family life. In Europe, the wimple was often crafted from a baby boy’s winding cloth, cut into strips and embroidered with the baby’s name and Jewish design.  In the Sephardi community, wimples were a unique donation item by women to synagogues. It’s important, when crafting the wimple, to know the girth of the Torah scrolls at different times of the Torah reading cycle, so it’s able to do it’s job of protecting the lettering by keeping the scroll snugly wrapped.  If the klaf (parchment) is wrapped too loosely, the ink that sits on top of the parchment may be damaged, thus rendering the scroll ritually impure and...

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Peace Papercut

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Currently Available, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Peace Papercut

A trilingual papercut proclaims Peace in English, Hebrew, and Arabic.  Cut from one sheet of paper and mounted on a watercolor background, the viewer has to look closely to see the olive branch growing out of and upwards from the center of the letter ‘e’, as if striving against the odds to win!  The framing includes a silk mat and rubbed back wood...

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Nation Shall Not Lift up Sword

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Currently Available, News | 0 comments

Nation Shall Not Lift up Sword

Here’s a gentle piece of art with a mighty message.  In Hebrew and English, Lo Yisa Goy El Goy Kherev and its English translation appears in a taupe color of gouache over a soft watercolor background.  Custom framed, the piece measures 10 X 13 1/2 inches.

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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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Romanian Architecture Ketubah – Modern Hebrew, Yiddish, and English

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Romanian Architecture Ketubah – Modern Hebrew, Yiddish, and English

Fresh from their year’s work in Romania and Moldova, this couple chose to set their ketubah with papercuts inspired by architectural details of the clock tower of Sighisoura, rural woodwork, oh, and a design from the cover of an old piece of Yiddish sheet music!  Musicians, cultural researchers…  what a joy to collaborate with these folks! A trilingual ketubah: modern Hebrew, English, and Yiddish.  This provided a challenge to get three texts of different lengths (the Yiddish – “an inefficient language,” their translator quipped, when that text turned out to be about 100 words longer than each of the other two!) to fit neatly into identical rectangles. (And nope, I use no computer to plot this out.  It’s all eyes, a straight edge, and 10th grade geometry!) The rest of the wish list included specific architectural details, French horns and basses, and colors ranging from purples and greens to touches of yellow/orange. Here you see the result, and a few of the inspirations:                              ...

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