Papercutting

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in News, Papercuts, Susan at work | 0 comments

Papercutting

Using X-acto blades, I carefully cut away areas to reveal only the ‘positive space’ that becomes the finished papercut.  The time needed to plan the piece often exceeds the actual cutting by hours and hours because anything inadvertently left unconnected will fall out and ruin the artwork. I’ve been teaching Jewish papercutting for well over a decade, and it never ceases to amaze people that it is such a simple and intuitive craft that can become maddeningly complex if you are drawn to its potential for detail.

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Teaching Lettering Art

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in News, Susan at work, Visual Art | 0 comments

Teaching Lettering Art

My years of work as a calligrapher help give people the eyes with which to recognize historic Hebrew letter forms and the practice to form them.  I regularly take time away from singing and creating my own art to teach others to try the ancient art of Hebrew calligraphy.  This photo was taken by Albert Winn at a gathering of KlezKamp, the 26-year old Yiddish Folk Arts Program held every winter in the Catskill Mountains.

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