Torah Dedication – New Mantles at Dickinson College

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Jewish Ritual Art, News, Public Art, Susan at work, Visual Art | 0 comments

Torah Dedication – New Mantles at Dickinson College

I was commissioned to craft two Torah mantles for scrolls at the Dickinson College Hillel.  A metal and glass ark by Gary Rosenthal preceded the commission and I used the timing as an opportunity to engage students in a workshop to really look at the colors, textures and images of the ark.  The students identified color and worked with me as we sketched the two different mantles.  Here’s the result!  A ceremonial wimple accompanies the Torah mantles and hangs near the ark when not in...

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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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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 a lecture/demonstration titled “The Improbable History of the Sarajevo Hagaddah” at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.  i was set up in a large ‘smart’ lecture hall, and so could take advantage of a document camera to project lettering, gilding, and design work as I gave students, faculty, and community members a glimpse of how work was done on manuscripts in the 14th Century!

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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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Repertoire Class

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in News, Susan at work | 0 comments

Repertoire Class

Classes like this one at KlezKamp are always full of exchanges among participants because the song material seems to elicit comments both from people who are familiar with Yiddish culture as well as those to whom it’s totally new.  

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Lecturing

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in News, Susan at work | 0 comments

Lecturing

The use of PowerPoint has freed up time in lecture/recitals because I can provide translations on a screen and spend more time providing context and singing.

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