I’ve been invited to teach a short class on papercutting at the JCC!
It will be announced in the next JCC Newsletter as follows:
Thursday, April 18th at 7pm
Celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday with a creation of your own. Learn the basics of the art of Jewish papercutting and make a “mizrach.” A “mizrach” is an ornamental picture hung on the east wall of a house or synagogue in the direction of Jerusalem towards which Jews face when praying. Use traditional symbols like hamsas, deers, lions, Hebrew letters, the tree of life or design something totally contemporary and new.
Materials fee: $15, payable to the instructor that evening.
Contact me if you have any questions about the class.
The on this piece reads: “Ma Gadlu MaAseh Adonoi, Meod AmKu MaHoshVotecha”, meaning “How vast are your works Adonoi, Your designs are beyond our grasp” and it is from the Psalm for Shabbat. It was a commission from a long long-time family friend for her husband on an important birthday.
This piece was created as a commission. LR wants to give it as a gift to honor a physician mentor of hers. She chose the quote, which is from George Bernard Shaw and reads “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.”
Just finished creating this papercut this past weekend. A friend of mine wanted to commission a piece for her spouse for the ocassion of Christmas, the pending completion of their house-renovation project, and just love in general. They are both avid bicyclists and love a good story.
This quote from H.G. Wells was part of the request: “Every time I see an adult riding a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” It includes 12 es, 7 rs and is, 6 as, 5 ts, and ns, 4 us and os, 3 ds, hs, fs, ls and cs, 2 ys, gs, ms, and ss, and 1 v, p and b. In case you were wondering.
The bicycle itself comes directly from Talia Lempert’s painting of Goldie.
Yesterday my art cards arrived. I tried out a new (to me) printing service called Moo. Their cards are printed on nice solid cardstock and the best feature is that you can have one side be printed from a selection of up to 50 different images. So of course, I uploaded 50 images of my artwork for the backs of the cards. They’ll be on the art table on Sunday along with the lasercuts, greeting cards (yet to arrive) and original artwork in frames.
In preparation for the art fair I’m going to be at on Sunday, I had five of my designs cut with a laser by Pololu. Today, they arrived in the mail. No, you’re not seeing blurry! There are 10 of each in this photo. These will be for sale for the first time ever on Sunday. Soon after, they’ll be available on this website. Each design is a limited edition. Get them before they run out!
This is my second piece with the phrase starting “Lo Alecha”. This text loosely translates as “It is not for you to complete the work [of repairing the world]. Not up to you to finish it. But neither are you free to desist from it.” This phrase comes from Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), which is part of the Mishna, the Jewish oral law.