Art Deco Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Art Deco Papercut Ketubah

A most joyous opportunity here, to create a ketubah for a very special couple who share a rare clarity of vision and the ability to communicate it!  We started with just a few ideas: papercut, curvy art deco style, and a color palette that would work in any room over time. We bounced around sketches and ideas, and I even ordered swatches of wallpaper from a very high end art paper manufacturer, only to toss them out upon arrival when the petroleum aroma became too much to bear!  Finally I hit upon a lovely stained glass image from a home in Melbourne, Australia.  I adapted the design to papercutting and interpreted the many colors of glass in the original into multi-textured acrylic paints in a neutral palette. I enhanced the full-bodied paints with a concoction to increase their thickness, and I must admit, it was almost too much fun to play with the goo I came up with! The colors include silvers and golds, and the piece catches the light and shimmers! Several areas are even filled with micro glass beads. The coloring and texture choices in a ketubah like this are part of an organic process that grows bit by...

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Mosaic-style Award – 2

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Mosaic-style Award – 2

A limited color palette, intricate Celtic knotwork with each strand split into three and colored in a mosaic style is all that’s needed to create a personalized award for the...

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Mosaic-style Award 1

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Mosaic-style Award 1

Delicate knotwork painted in a mosaic style forms columnar embellishment for this very simple...

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Beth El, Fairfield, Connecticut – Residency

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in News, Susan at work, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Beth El, Fairfield, Connecticut – Residency

I’ll be welcomed to Fairfield, Connecticut’s Congregation Beth El from April 24 – 26, 2015 for an arts residency designed to engage all ages and interests within the community!  There will be lots of singing, of course!  The weekend will include a lecture, several song presentations and a congregational sing-along, work with the Hebrew School, a talk after morning minyan on Sunday, and a full concert with the fabulous Lauren Brody on accordion, piano, and vocals.  (I’m especially looking forward to some traditional singing around the dinner tables as we welcome shabbes in style!)  I plan to set up a full art exhibit of over 30 framed pieces to hang for the entire residency, and following Saturday night’s concert, there will be a reception and meet-and-greet around the...

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Blue Water Ketubah

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Blue Water Ketubah

The request was clear and challenging!  This couple had met at university where they were both swimmers.  Specific college blue and a text laid out to indicate the movement of water.  This simple and elegant design took shape in the center of the paper, written in Shiela Water’s updated version of Carolingian lettering, with an opening Hebrew paragraph matching the English by the tilt of the lettering.  The border design is built up of multiple ribbons of watercolor paper of varying textures and weights.  Dots of 23K gold leaf complete the design, catching...

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3rd Annual Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Concert

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in News, Susan at work, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

3rd Annual Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Concert

The Judson Church off Washington Square was packed with 400 people on December 30, 2014, to honor the memory and brilliance of Adrienne Cooper, and to award Michael Wex with this year’s Dreaming in Yiddish prize.  Above is an image of the finale of the musical performance of the Kanonen song from Brecht and Weill’s Threepenny Opera, translated from the German into Yiddish by Wex himself.  An all-star band backed us as we belted out the Army Song and others, accompanied by the brilliant puppetry and staging of Great Small Works and Power Point translations which made the text a little less inscrutable!  What a night!  Singers above include Sarah Gordon, Eleanor Reissa, Tine Kindermann, Dan Kahn, myself, and...

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