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.”
The steel hen has received the last of the attention she is going to receive for a while, I believe. Last week, I did the following:
- Heated up the end of a quarter-in steel rod in the forge and banged on it with a hammer until it was beak-shaped
- Used an oxy-acetalyne cutting torch to cut out a comb and wattles, then welded them on with same tanks
- Melted holes in the head, found matching bolts, cut them short, inserted them. One later fell out and will have to reattached with more confidence at a future date.
- Got a brief lesson in brazing (that’s when you attach two pieces of metal with brass, or in this case, try to color on some small pieces of flat steel with brass as if it were a paint pen, which is definitely is not) and attempted to use the method to give the new chicken head-parts some additional style and color.
- Had my picture taken with the hen
She’s bigger than my chickens, though not by much. She is quite a bit heavier, though. Any naming suggestions for Her Henness?
Last night my sweetie and I went on a date to Simply Jane, a place kind of like Color Me Mine or Our Name is Mud. They have blank stuff and paints and materials, and you can buy a blank thing and paint onto it. I chose to paint bugs onto this kleenex box cover. I don’t know that I’d call it art, but it was sure fun. Plus, I haven’t used acrylic paints in a while, and found using them to be a fun change from the two-color process of creating a papercut, or even the wet bleeding process of using watercolors.
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.
This hen is getting quite heavy. Quite top heavy. I spent some time trying to add a small dense weight to her breast so she’d balance, but there were two problems with this plan. One, I didn’t embark on this plan until I’d already gotten her almost completely sealed up with new lower front and lower back pieces. Two, she’s so top heavy that even if I do get her to balance, it will be very tenous. The new plan, then, is to weld on two spikes to the bottom of her feet, once she’s all done. Then I can jam her into the ground and she’ll stand up.
So now she’s got all her parts and a head (she got very hot-headed at one point, which is why I put it in a bucket of water). The head isn’t done – you can’t tell from these pictures, but she does have a suggested beak, comb, and waddle, but needs a longer beak and a second waddle. Also, I want to braze her beak so it’s got a different color from the rest of her. And she may get some treatment. Stay tuned because the hen is due for some more artistic attention in the first week of January.