Introducing wearable art tallit
I am thrilled to introduce the Wearable Art Tallit Collection! A body of work years in the making, these unique watercolor tallit designs are sure to become a memorable heirloom to be passed down for generations.
Custom Commissioned Ketubah
If you are including a ketubah, or Jewish Marriage Contract, as part of your wedding tradition, then you are in for a treat. A ketubah is a way to plan for the future, both through the vows/promises you are making to each other and through a work of art that you will keep in your home forever.
Well, my friend, if you’ve scrolled down this far, you deserve a story. I was not always a Judaica artist – or maybe I was, but I didn’t know it. If you had met me circa the year 2005, you would see a very frazzled 20-something, wearing paint splattered overalls and old Doc Martins, living the starving artist life in New York City.
Back then, fresh out of art school, I focused exclusively on figure painting and portraiture. I would stay up nights in the tiny apartment I shared with three other girls, painting while balancing on my wobbly mattress because that was the only way to get my easel to fit in my little bedroom. I showed my work in dusty art spaces in hidden alleys around lower Manhattan and hipster off-beat galleries in Brooklyn, spending my weekends dragging my portfolio gallery to gallery to pitch myself to more venues. New York artist life wasn’t as glamorous as it looks in the movies. Sometimes I loved the intense energy of the city, but a lot of the times I felt overwhelmed by it. The noise and grit of the Lower East Side silenced my muse and highjacked my ability to focus. I realized that I had to go on a journey in search of inspiration.
That’s when I decided to pack my paint brushes and move to Israel. While my Jewish identity was always very important to me and I was inspired by many great Jewish artists – from Marc Chagall to Modigliani to Lucian Freud – I knew almost nothing about traditional Judaica art when I landed in Jerusalem with my suitcases full of art supplies.
Luckily, I landed a really cool job in the art world there that allowed me to visit and explore art shows all over the country. I dived headfirst into the Israeli art scene, immersing myself both in contemporary art and artistic Judaica. That is how I discovered the beauty of Judaica art. I love the Mizrachi and Sephardic influence of decorative art Judaica - the intricate patterns and elaborate craftsmanship blew me away and soon began finding its way into my figure paintings. What once may have been broad brush strokes evolved into swirls and patterns. Jewish symbols such as pomegranates, stars, hamsas, Jerusalem skylines, and trees of life began popping up in my compositions.
Before long, my unique blend of combining figurative painting with a modern spin on Judaica art was born. I kept painting and showing my work in galleries in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem. It didn’t occur me to apply my new style to functional Judaica art or to call myself a Judaica artist until later. In Israel I met a wonderful Argentinian boy and we decided to get married. It was then that I painted my first wedding invitation and ketubah. We were the first of our friends to tie the knot, so after our wedding other engaged friends started asking me to make art for their Jewish weddings. This was my entry into the world of Judaic art.
A few years later we would move back to the United States. Saying goodbye to Israel and the community we had built there was hard, and saying good bye to my awesome art industry job in Israel was the pits. We arrived in Chicago with a two-month-old and started over. I didn’t want to look for another full-time job that would take me away from my newborn and someone told me about this new marketplace for handmade goods called Etsy. That was when I decided, on a whim, to paint a ketubah to put up there. The rest is history.
Twelve years later, that baby is preparing for her Bat Mitzvah and what was once a pipe dream with just one hand-painted ketubah, has become a thriving small business and a line of Judaica art that includes ketubahs, blessings for the home, mezuzah cases, chuppah covers, wearable art tallitot, challah boards and challah covers, baby naming certificates and more! Thanks for coming along on this journey with me and popping into my online shop. I hope you visit again soon! And if you have any questions or ideas, please send them my way. Emails make my day, truly.
Judaica art has stayed with me for life, has become my life.
These special collections of ketubot may also interest you:
- Colorful Ketubahs
- Luxury, High-End Ketubahs
- Interfaith Ketubahs
- Modern Ketubahs
- Printable Ketubah Download
Don’t want a marriage contract? Then a fancy marriage certificate remains a good alternative!