Torah Mantle – L’Dor Vador

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Jewish Ritual Art, News, Public Art | 0 comments

Torah Mantle – L’Dor Vador

Goucher College Hillel commissioned this mantle to cover a Torah rescued from Czechoslovakia after WW II.  The mantle is crafted of silks, and is heavily quilted.  Student input helped determine the color palette, the wording (“From generation to generation…”) and the image of a tree.  Tiny Czech rocaille beads cluster at the waistlines of the letters and on top of the ‘tagin’ (crowns) that top a few of the letters. Made to fit the Torah exactly, a matching wimple (binder) completes the new covering for the Torah scroll.  Designed to be handled considerably, the mantle has hardwood rings at the top and the top is padded.  The lining fabric is a sturdy material with considerable ‘slip’ to allow the mantle to glide onto and off the Torah when used.  A full flapped back gives the mantle lots of room to wrap around the Torah and to be foolproof when a person unaccustomed to the honor steps up to dress the scroll.    ...

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Trilingual Kannada Ketubah

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Trilingual Kannada Ketubah

It’s a rare and wonderful aspect of my work that I learn so much in working with people.  This tri-lingual ketubah features a language from the state of Karnataka in India – Kannada.  I was commissioned to write the text and then the groom’s brother picked up the ball to create the accompanying artwork, so it was a great...

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Torah Mantle – the beginning of the journey

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in News, Public Art, Susan at work | 0 comments

Torah Mantle – the beginning of the journey

The opportunity to craft two Torah mantles and wimples for Goucher College Hillel sent me to Chinatown in NYC to seek a variety of shantung silks.  What a delight, after a day of walking all over Chinatown, Soho, and the Lower East Side, to come upon Belraf Fabrics and proceed to say, “Some of this, and this, and this, and that…”  Racing home to the sewing machine, you can see here the first few days’ of quilting activity.  These bands will be incorporated into the top and bottom sections of a mantle for a rescued Torah from Czechoslovakia, hence the palette of palest silvers, golds, greys, and ivories.  The finished design will incorporate a slender tree and the Hebrew words “l’dor va’dor” – from generation to...

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Flora of Israel and the Pacific Northwest

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Flora of Israel and the Pacific Northwest

This couple took advantage of the wonders of scanning and Skype to provide input about every detail of their ketubah:  favorite Pacific wildflowers, specific trees to flank the text, the design of pomegranates topping the ketubah with foliage tying into the rest of the border… It’s a great way to design, when I can sit with a sketchbook and hold images up in real time across the miles! The most delicate flowers in the border pop forward as the almost misty settings of the two trees sit back while holding the space in an aesthetic whole.  Beyond the Western Red Cedar is a hint of the Olympia Mountain Range, while moving back from the Cypress are suggestions of ancient Israeli homes and the colorful mountains of the...

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Art Nouveau Ketubah with a Nod to Fibonacci

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Art Nouveau Ketubah with a Nod to Fibonacci

How wonderful to find myself learning as I stir paint!  The couple who commissioned this ketubah knew from the outset that their love of Art Nouveau would help shape the design, and this process moved through many iterations to arrive at what you see here.  What looks like a pixillated pair of designs towards the top corners are representations of the Fibonacci sequence.  A fanciful strand of DNA anchors the lower center.  A glimpse of the night sky at the time and place of the wedding arcs over the text, and a color scheme chosen with paint chips became the palette.  Astronomy, mathematics, genetics, Russian and Belgian art history, color mixing science…  What a...

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Quaker Wildflower Document

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Quaker Wildflower Document

In the Quaker tradition, a couple planning to marry seeks the counsel of the Meeting, and all those present at the marriage ceremony sign the wedding document as witnesses.  The image here is the ‘before,’ awaiting the signatures of bride and groom and the 200 who will gather to sign!  Simply crafted, this document echoes the design and coloring of the couple’s wedding invitation.  The text and area for signatures are surrounded by native North American wildflowers, inked in a mixed color that matches the wedding invitation ink color.  The document measures 18″ X 30″.  The columns of lines for witnesses are extremely light so as to not detract from the...

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