Illumination demonstration, Lafayette College

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in News, Susan at work | 0 comments

Illumination demonstration, Lafayette College

In March, 2012, I gave a lecture/demonstration titled “The Improbable History of the Sarajevo Hagaddah” at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.  i was set up in a large ‘smart’ lecture hall, and so could take advantage of a document camera to project lettering, gilding, and design work as I gave students, faculty, and community members a glimpse of how work was done on manuscripts in the 14th Century!

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Map of Ancient Judea and Samaria

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Public Art | 0 comments

Map of Ancient Judea and Samaria

Who knew that mapmaking was on my bucket list?  Judy Petsonk offered me the opportunity to create two elegant maps for her forthcoming novel  Queen of the Jews, and the experience was a wonderful one.  Now I understand why I find myself immediately pulled into hand-drawn and lettered maps.  It’s because I feel a kinship with the artist wielding the pen!

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Kol HaNaarim

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Jewish Ritual Art, News, Public Art | 0 comments

Kol HaNaarim

This 8-foot by 8-foot ‘huppah’, called a Kol HaNaarim (All the Children) hangs in a synagogue sanctuary and is taken down once a year at Simchat Torah to have new names sewn on, and to be held over the heads of the children as they step up to the Torah for their special aliyah.   The work was commissioned to celebrate Kesher Israel’s 100th anniversary.  It’s constructed of Dupionne silks, pieced, using applique, quilting, trapunto, and painting techniques, and is fully backed with sleeves for poles at top and bottom on which the piece hangs.  An ongoing synagogue fund-raiser, people submit names of children in their families each year, and I carefully paint each on on a slip of silk and then sew the additions onto the large piece. The trapunto used in the central image of the star allows those images to shine in relief.  Trapunto fills the quilted areas from behind to give them depth. An interesting aspect of the layout of the central image is that the days of creation line up in pairsfrom corner to corner across the star.  When reading the Torah text of the creation story, it becomes clear that those pairs of ‘days’ ( 1 and 4, 2 and 5, and 3 and 6) have a relationship in that the first in the pair is a kind of environment that is populated by the second in the pair, e.g. the waters above and below are separated on day 2 and on day 5 the sky is populated with birds and the earth’s waters populated with fish.  I reinforced this pairing by using the same color palette for the design work in each of the...

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Kindergarten Magic

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in News, Susan at work | 0 comments

Kindergarten Magic

Kindergarten students learn the magic of Hebrew letters...

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Matisse-Inspired Cutout Ketubah

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 in Ketubah Art, Papercuts | 0 comments

Matisse-Inspired Cutout Ketubah

Simple cutout leaves and berries inspired by the work of Henri Matisse provides a setting for this jewel-tone ketubah. The ketubah was constructed in a way that elevates it above the background, the same color waterpaper with some of the ‘berries’ backed with gold leaf. The design is subtle and elegant.

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Yehuda HaLevi Poem

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Yehuda HaLevi Poem

This poem by Yehuda HaLevi was commissioned by parents knowing it is their son’s favorite poem.  It was commissioned as a graduation gift.  I studied several printed versions of the poem, each laid out slightly differently, and then contacted professor Max Tiktin to help me go through the words line by line to parse the meaning and determine the best way for the words to be laid out on the page. This is papercut from one sheet and mounted over a watercolor background.

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