Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Art Nouveau Ketubah


Finally, after three odd years, I sifted through all my wedding photos. Despite a constant conversation with myself about why I chose to wear that particular hairstyle, I love my wedding pictures. Reminding me of joy and insanity, friends and family, the photos serve to highlight that blur of a day. I do not know if I would have remembered Uncle Stu wearing a tuxedo with a clown nose or "Redbeef" (my husband's roommate from college) donning a kelly green suit and matching top hat.

However, while photos jog the memory of a place and time, the Ketubah, or Jewish marriage contract, serves to remind the couple of the emotion felt, the feelings had.

The Art Nouveau inspired Ketubah pictured is just that. An original design painted in gouache, the stylized waves are reminiscent of the bride and groom's time in Santa Cruz, where they met many years ago. Contacting me personally to execute both the text and design, it was a joy to create. The text, Art Nouveau inspired English and Hebrew calligraphy, is their vows: promises to each other to be met over a lifetime.

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14 comments:

heidi said...

Happy Hannukah! xoh

Cakespy said...

It's really lovely--and what a sweet thing to sift through the wedding photos--aren't they precious, even the "outtakes"?

TheDecoDetective said...

I think I gather from your blog post that you're Jewish, so I guess "Merry Christmas" wouldn't be correct? I'll try Happy Holidays =) I hope you'll have a lovely time either way - I think most people of Jewish origin in Norway actually celebrate Christmas. The holidays are just as much about celebrating the light that's returning up here in the North!
Trudi

cindy : quaint said...

Happy Hannukah!

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

These are my favorite component of all your art. Where did you learn the calligraphy skills?

Thanks also for all the compliments on my little hat. They came at such a good time!

Di Overton said...

Happy 2009 (I have written a post on how to survive it)
Hugs
Di

tangobaby said...

I've missed wishing you a happy Hanukkah so will move right into wishing you a joyous new year.

I hope that 2009 brings even more creativity and magic to you, more than you even expect. Happy new year!

ps. My friends love their magnets.

xoxo

please sir said...

Sounds wonderful - always nice to go through old photos and wonder why? or get a big smile!

Rosebud Collection said...

Hope you enjoyed your holidays..Have a wonderful New Year..

Jenn said...

Simply beautiful :) I recently sorted through all my photos too, wedding & otherwise. It was a lot of fun to look back over so many fun times and get a chuckle again. If someone had worn a green suit to my wedding I'm not sure it would be a memory I could easily forget lol!

Vinay Rai said...

Its a really lovely blog, very nice arts depicted on your blog

Megan Steer said...

I absolutely adore your work!

pve design said...

I really wish that I was Jewish so that I could have you make one for me. This one is stunning.

Cherilyn Ferroggiaro said...

Your blog is beautiful.

Cher :)