Somewhere Far Away

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Papercuts, Public Art, Visual Art | 0 comments

Somewhere Far Away

A commissioned work five feet long and two feet in height hangs in the Penn State Library to honor child Holocaust survivor and philanthropist Linda Schwab.  The honoree chose a poem by H. Leivik which was written about the freedom he sought as a political prisoner in Siberia:  “Somewhere far away… buried treasure lies below the untrod snow…”  Designed to fit into a reading room on Holocaust studies, the Yiddish text is written in gouache mixed to have a coppery glow, with interlinear English translation in black. Cut white paper in various textures creates a sky with snowscape below.               At 60 inches, I worked with heavy watercolor paper purchased by the roll, and taped the entire piece to a massive table to complete the...

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Torah Mantles for Dickinson College

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in News, Slider | 0 comments

Torah Mantles for Dickinson College

Dupionne Silks, quilted, appliqued and given dimension with trapunto techniques, mirrors, and beading add to the beauty of these two Torah mantles for Dickinson College Hillel.  Click HERE for more information about these Torah...

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Gallery Talk and Performance

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Gallery Talk and Performance

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, I will return to the Penn State University Library Schwab Gallery in Middletown, PA to present a gallery talk and recital.  The noon event will feature light refreshments and a slide lecture with song, describing the ins and outs of calligraphic art and Jewish papercutting.  Following the talk, I will take people through the gallery show of 18 current works.  Both artwork and my current recording, Deep Skies, will be for sale at the...

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Bezalel Style Ketubah Detail

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Bezalel Style Ketubah Detail

In the 1920’s the Bezalel School of Art in Palestine drew on the popular design styles of contemporary German artists and combined that sensibility with Biblical imagery and traditional Hebrew texts.  This manner of framing vignettes around a central text is sometimes useful when couples come to me with a long list of disparate imagery they’d like worked into their ketubah. Here’s a detail from one such ketubah which incorporated images fof Jerusalem, references to the couple’s Hebrew names, holidays and times of year that were significant to them, and multiple passages from Hebrew...

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Torah Wimples

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Jewish Ritual Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Torah Wimples

Goucher College commissioned me to craft mantles for their two Torah scrolls, and I sewed these wimples to match the Torah covers. In both Ashkenazi and Sephardi tradition, the Torah wimple holds an important place in communal and family life. In Europe, the wimple was often crafted from a baby boy’s winding cloth, cut into strips and embroidered with the baby’s name and Jewish design.  In the Sephardi community, wimples were a unique donation item by women to synagogues. It’s important, when crafting the wimple, to know the girth of the Torah scrolls at different times of the Torah reading cycle, so it’s able to do it’s job of protecting the lettering by keeping the scroll snugly wrapped.  If the klaf (parchment) is wrapped too loosely, the ink that sits on top of the parchment may be damaged, thus rendering the scroll ritually impure and...

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The New York Klezmer Series concert

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

The New York Klezmer Series concert

Join the fabulous party on Tuesday, April 29 as my band plays the New York Klezmer Series event at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City.  Michael Winograd, David Licht, Carmen Staaf and others will back me as we introduce a new audience to the music of Deep Skies.  Click HERE for information about the series and HERE for the link to my...

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