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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Peace Papercut

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in News, Papercuts, Slider | 0 comments

Peace Papercut

Intricately cut from one sheet of thin black paper, this papercut is backed with a watercolor wash that gives it a gleaming...

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Beloved Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in Ketubah Art | 0 comments

Beloved Ketubah

A most delicate huppah and naturalistic wildflowers in shades of purple grace this ketubah.  The wedding took place in beautiful garden that seemed to be blooming just to complement the ketubah itself! I am a stickler for accuracy in the historic forms of the letters and the natural forms and colors of the flora.  I work with field guides and photographs, and in the spring and summer delight in visiting my floral companions in situ, where I know them by their names and recall where I first painted each of them.

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Repertoire Class

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in News, Susan at work | 0 comments

Repertoire Class

Classes like this one at KlezKamp are always full of exchanges among participants because the song material seems to elicit comments both from people who are familiar with Yiddish culture as well as those to whom it’s totally new.  

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Lecturing

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in News, Susan at work | 0 comments

Lecturing

The use of PowerPoint has freed up time in lecture/recitals because I can provide translations on a screen and spend more time providing context and singing.

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Papercutting

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in News, Papercuts, Susan at work | 0 comments

Papercutting

Using X-acto blades, I carefully cut away areas to reveal only the ‘positive space’ that becomes the finished papercut.  The time needed to plan the piece often exceeds the actual cutting by hours and hours because anything inadvertently left unconnected will fall out and ruin the artwork. I’ve been teaching Jewish papercutting for well over a decade, and it never ceases to amaze people that it is such a simple and intuitive craft that can become maddeningly complex if you are drawn to its potential for detail.

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