Bright Border

Posted by on Jul 4, 2011 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News | 0 comments

Bright Border

By blending the color in the pen, I was able to create this vibrant certificate that fit the personality of the recipient.   A wide array of pieces in this genre may be seen under the category Personal Commissioned Art.

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Custom Ketubah Art

Posted by on Jul 4, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

At this time, all of my ketubot are commissioned, one-of-a-kind works.   Click on the “Read More” button to access the gallery of custom ketubah art.

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Dickinson College Torah Mantles

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in Jewish Ritual Art, News, Public Art | 1 comment

Dickinson College Torah Mantles

Dickinson College Torah Mantles When the Hillel at Dickinson College acquired a building on campus, a chapel was planned and furnished with a commissioned ark and reader’s table crafted by Gary Rosenthal.   I was hired to design and craft two Torah mantles and a wimple.  I first worked with student members of the Hillel to brainstorm colors and designs and then developed these two.  Crafted of Dupionne silks, with glass beads and mirror embellishments, the mantles are a perfect fit for the copper colored and dazzling glass Torah ark. Each of the colors represented in the silk designs is found in the ark.   Sewing techniques include crazy quilt piecing, trapunto, applique, and embroidery.  The panels were made fit the Torahs as each Torah has a specific length and thickness when rolled. The wording on the Torah to the left means, “It’s [Torah’s] way are ways of pleasantness and all of it’s paths are...

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For Your Sake Papercut

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

For Your Sake Papercut

Commissioned by a Jewish dayschool as an award, the intricate design makes use of the most delicate lines to hold the papercut together.  Notice  the fine lines of the tsitsit and the tallit itself, and the rays of light from the ner tamid.  Once I had the visual elements in mind, the challenge was to craft an overall pleasing design, so the long narrow image developed. I found the text in a museum exhibit of poster art from the time of early Israeli statehood.   The particular poster that grabbed my attention was urging new immigrants to learn Hebrew.   Notice the different ways in which the Hebrew and English letters remain attached within the artwork.  As a papercut design, everything that appears black in the artwork (positive space, as this is the paper that remains while the rest is cut away) must be attached to other black paper or else it will fall away....

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Sol LeWitt-inspired Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Sol LeWitt-inspired Ketubah

The late American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt was a friend and inspiration to this couple, and they chose to acknowledge his impact on them and their community by focusing on LeWitt’s brilliant colors and minimalist drawings.   Hours of study of Sol LeWitt’s works and artistic statements led me to a color palette and a style of abstract thumbnails, each of which represents some essential interest or quality of the bride and groom. The five tiny ink drawings which set off the lettering are simplified abstract nods to  art, writing, music, and a joyfully creative relationship that characterize the couple’s life...

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Israeli Wildflowers Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 19, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Israeli Wildflowers Ketubah

One member of this couple has 7 generations of roots in Israel!   Their choice of theme was protected Israeli wildflowers with the addition of the bride’s bouquet flowers – calla lilies.  Flanking the text are two eucalyptus trees, and in the near ground, sprigs of blooming eucalyptus.   The canopy across the top, of course, represents the huppah. When researching the trees, I found that not only are eucalyptus trees not native to Israel (they were introduced from Australia to help stabilize the soil when the swamps were drained), but also that there are species that bear little resemblence to one another in flower!   So it was back to the couple to specify exactly which type of tress they wanted.   We all learned something interesting!...

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