Calla Lily Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Calla Lily Papercut Ketubah

The bride and groom approached me with a desire to develop an elaborate and meaningful papercut design for their ketubah, and with just that much information and their short list of images – calla lilies, menorah, chai, a tree of life symbol, their Hebrew names, and a passage from Song of Songs – I set to work!  I chose a domed shape for the text and a curved top to the entire piece to soften the look, as well as to connect to some historic ketubot, and tapped some traditional patterns from Arabic tilework as the lacy network to hold the papercut together.  Hours and hours of cutting, and about two dozen blades left me with a happily tingling forefinger and a carpet of confetti!  The couple chose to frame the ketubah by first mounting it on museum grade (non-reflective) Plexiglas, for the ceremony, that will eventually give the impression that the papercut ketubah is floating above the backing mat once the framing is complete. The lettering around the perimeter reads, “Ani l’dodi v’dodi li” in Hebrew across the top, and the English translation, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” wrapping around the bottom.  On either side are the bride and groom’s names in Hebrew.  The engineering challenge in crafting a papercut is to make sure everything stays attached, so particular care is taken to plan connections before a knife touches the paper. Calla Lily Papercut Ketubah    ...

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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 lecture/demonstration titled “The Improbable History of Sarajevo Hagaddah” at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. In large ‘smart’ lecture hall, and could take advantage of document camera to project lettering, gilding, and design work as gave students, faculty, and community members glimpse of how work was manuscripts in 14th Century! http://www.buy-online-watches.com/ https://www.replicawatchesguide.com/ https://www.best-watches.cc/ https://www.swissreplicas.to www.replica-watch.org http://www.123celebrities.com/ www.expresssgiftz.com...

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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 synagogue sanctuary and is take down once a year at Simchat Torah to have new names sewn on, and to held over the heads of children as step up Torah for special aliyah. The work was commissioned to celebrate Kesher Israel’s these 100th anniversary. It’s constructed for 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. Than on synagogue fund-raiser, people submit names of children in families each year, and that carefully paint each on slip of silk and sew the additions to large piece. The trapunto used in central image of star allows those images to shine in relief. Trapunto fills the quilted areas from behind to give them depth. An interesting aspect of layout the central image is days of creation line up in pairsfrom corner to corner across the star. When reading the Torah text of creation story, it becomes clear that pairs of ‘days’ (1 and 4, 2 and 5, and 3 and 6) have relationship in pair is kind of environment that populated by second in 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 the fish. I reinforced this pairing by using same color palette for design work in each pairs. best way to spot are watches online fake laferrari price brasalet de clabo best fake watches ny store the usa chatuchak weekend market breitling colt quartz replica elado fake watches cheap with 7750 movement how to tell is relojes replicas bubble back how to you find replica watch guide...

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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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