Kente Cloth and Papercut Marriage Document

Posted by on Oct 4, 2021 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Kente Cloth and Papercut Marriage Document

There are times when the blending of families and cultures leads to a synergy where the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.  This document offers a glimpse into one of those magical meldings.  The groom’s father is Ghanaian and the traditional wedding pattern of his home region’s  woven kente cloth became the painted border of this piece. The traditional Jewish papercut art and text in modern Hebrew center the document as part of the centuries-old custom of beautifying the marriage contract with artwork.  There are four small Adinkra symbols which are Ghanaian symbols representing unity/human relationships, love/harmony, cooperation/interdependence, and safety/security. The rich colors are created with gouache – an opaque water-based paint that was a pleasure to work with on this piece. Sharp knives, sharp pencils, and tiny pointed brushes.  I love my...

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Anchorage to Philadelphia

Posted by on Sep 2, 2021 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Anchorage to Philadelphia

What’s the wish list?  I never know, as I meet a couple (these days always on Zoom…), what their requests will be in terms of design.  For this one, the specs were few and varied, and as always, my job was to make it an aesthetic whole.  THAT’S where the fun begins! Two trees, a koa and an olive, interlocking roots that form the mountain range above Anchorage, the Philadelphia skyline – with William Penn restored to his monumental glory, and a color palette limited to yellow, orange, and royal blue.  The solution was to hold the design together as a papercut and slip the color behind using pastel chalk sifted through a small sieve and then...

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Klimt-Inspired Ketubah

Posted by on Aug 16, 2021 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Klimt-Inspired Ketubah

Another gift of a deep dive into a vision only glimpsed before:  the gilded and textured treasures of Gustav Klimt, translated into a cosmic ketubah, and grounded, like the vision on the horizon line of a planetarium as the light begins to change, with a clump of trees.  Crafting the art for this piece involved multiple layers of watercolor wash to give the heavens depth, and then a deliberate exercise in various metallic paints and metal leaf to design the swooshes that embrace the text and cut through the skies! Parts of the illumination are textured and raised, catching light and sparkling in copper, bronze, silver, and...

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Trilingual Garden Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 28, 2021 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Trilingual Garden Ketubah

Often, after hours of talking with a couple, I receive a surprising ‘wish list’ of what to finesse into a lovely document.  And this is a delightful example of that process.  It happens that I’ve had a long relationship with the bride’s family, so it was a particular joy to dive in.  Family traditions from both the bride’s and groom’s side brought us to an English garden, a text in Bulgarian, and Oscar, the precious elder cat tucked among the pothos leaves! In developing the design, I worked with the couple’s dozens of colors of paint chips to line up the wildflowers that might be found in a garden.  The papercut design was entirely hand-cut, planned meticulously to dance with the text and painted flora, and then backed with an ombré watercolor wash to enhance, rather than box in the rest of the...

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Traditional Beauty of Papercuts and Flowers Ketubah

Posted by on May 14, 2021 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Traditional Beauty of Papercuts and Flowers Ketubah

Everything about this ketubah asks to be examined for its intricacy.  The couple has very specific requests for imagery in the corners, the verse surrounding the central text, specific flowers within the dark blue band, and the papercutting itself.  A piece like this is an engineering experience from the get-go!  What to do first and how to protect the finished areas of the design while painting and cutting other sections.  Notice the delicate text cut into the upper border.  It reads Ani l’Dodi v’Dodi Li – I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.  Verse is taken from Song of Songs and is often prominent in ketubah art when the couple is married in the Hebrew month of Elul since the first letters of each of the Hebrew words spell...

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Papercut Intricacy Circle over Blue Ketubah

Posted by on May 14, 2021 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Papercut Intricacy Circle over Blue Ketubah

Papercutting can be a meditative craft, especially when the design proceeds logically but is also new with each cut.  Hours of delicate cutting revealed the shape of the design which was then floated over a painted wash of blues and greens with glimmering touches of gold leaf.  The same blue that was used to create the background was used in the lettering, which always makes for a unified design.

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