Dickinson College Torah Mantles

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in Jewish Ritual Art, News, Public Art | 1 comment

Dickinson College Torah Mantles

Dickinson College Torah Mantles When the Hillel at Dickinson College acquired a building on campus, a chapel was planned and furnished with a commissioned ark and reader’s table crafted by Gary Rosenthal.   I was hired to design and craft two Torah mantles and a wimple.  I first worked with student members of the Hillel to brainstorm colors and designs and then developed these two.  Crafted of Dupionne silks, with glass beads and mirror embellishments, the mantles are a perfect fit for the copper colored and dazzling glass Torah ark. Each of the colors represented in the silk designs is found in the ark.   Sewing techniques include crazy quilt piecing, trapunto, applique, and embroidery.  The panels were made fit the Torahs as each Torah has a specific length and thickness when rolled. The wording on the Torah to the left means, “It’s [Torah’s] way are ways of pleasantness and all of it’s paths are...

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Memorial Chapel Wall

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in News, Public Art | 0 comments

Memorial Chapel Wall

This line from a poem by Rabbi Jack Reimer was selected to grace the upper back wall of a memorial chapel when the space was renovated.  The idea was to offer an appropriate thought to people as they slowly and silently exit the chapel.   I mixed color to blend with the rest of the decor and laid out the lines of text directly on the upper wall.   When I realized that construction workers much bigger than I am tromp around on the same scaffolding, I figured I was ok, but it was still a departure from the safety of my studio.

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Penn State Library Doors

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in News, Public Art | 0 comments

Penn State Library Doors

Seen here, the open library doors to the Schwab Family Holocaust Reading Room flank the entry and tell the story of the crushing events of the Holocaust in a highly detailed abstract design worked into the glass.  When closed, the tree tops come together forming an archway.   The doors were commissioned by the school’s chancellor, whose charge to me was to create art that would encourage students with no knowledge of the events in Europe to enter and learn.

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CalligraphiCow Detail

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in News, Public Art | 0 comments

CalligraphiCow Detail

What seemed like acres of space to fill on an 8-foot long fiberglass cow turned out to be a months-long project full of color and delight.  This close-up of one part of her flank shows a sampling of the lettering styles I was able to explore: medieval manuscript decoration, Celtic, Fraktur, Italic, Batarde…  She was a most patient cow, indeed, as I painted away!

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CalligraphiCow

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in News, Public Art | 0 comments

CalligraphiCow

In 2004, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania hosted the Cow Parade and I was one of the artists selected to prepare a cow!  As an homage to the animal who continues to advance the lettering arts by providing parchment, I decided to cover her with illuminated letters from a wide range of English lettering styles from Fractur to Versal.   For several winter months I painted and learned more about cow anatomy than I had ever imagined I would!  I even called my husband in one day to help with a custom I’d heard about from kids called, “cow tipping” when it was time to paint her underbelly! My cow was one of the few chosen for auction, and she was purchased and donated to the city.  She summers in a park near Harrisburg’s AA baseball stadium and winters over with a small herd in the train station.   She’s something of the Velveteen Rabbit of the Cow Parade as she’s the only one who is constantly climbed and scribbled upon by young children.   In keeping with my original intention, she has become a palimpsest with new writing constantly appearing in the form of graffiti.  I do believe she is...

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Primary Donor Wall – The Residence, Harrisburg, PA

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Donor Recognition Art, News, Papercuts, Public Art | 0 comments

Primary Donor Wall – The Residence, Harrisburg, PA

The central roundel of this wall is a brass-colored vinyl cut out backed by marble and mounted on wood.   From the outside working towards center it is composed of the Biblical Seven Species, a geometric design based on the papercuts of early 20th Century artist Boruch Tzvi Ring, and a star design similar to one in a 200-year-old chased metal bowl from Damascus.  All the imagery reinforces the concept of the continuity of life and Jewish spirit.  Parts of the image have been reproduced throughout the independent living center on other signage.  (Fabricated by Welch Architectural Signage) When designing for a public space, the artwork must not only be pleasing and invite exploration, but it must be fabricated to be low maintenance and have great longevity.   For donor recognition purposes, it must also fit the culture of the institution, the setting in which it will be installed, and it should compel people to become donors and have their names added to the wall....

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