Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Jewish Ritual Art, News, Public Art | 0 comments

This 8-foot by 8-foot ‘huppah’, called a Kol HaNaarim (All the Children) hangs in synagogue sanctuary and is take down once a year at Simchat Torah to have new names sewn on, and to held over the heads of children as step up Torah for special aliyah. The work was commissioned to celebrate Kesher Israel’s these 100th anniversary. It’s constructed for Dupionne silks, pieced, using applique, quilting, trapunto, and painting techniques, and is fully backed with sleeves for poles at top and bottom on which the piece hangs. Than on synagogue fund-raiser, people submit names of children in families each year, and that carefully paint each on slip of silk and sew the additions to large piece.

The trapunto used in central image of star allows those images to shine in relief. Trapunto fills the quilted areas from behind to give them depth.

An interesting aspect of layout the central image is days of creation line up in pairsfrom corner to corner across the star. When reading the Torah text of creation story, it becomes clear that pairs of ‘days’ (1 and 4, 2 and 5, and 3 and 6) have relationship in pair is kind of environment that populated by second in pair, e.g. the waters above and below are separated on day 2 and on day 5 the sky is populated with birds and the earth’s waters populated with the fish. I reinforced this pairing by using same color palette for design work in each pairs.

Kol HaNaarim central image: applique and trapunto

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