We are so excited to present three new ketubot, by two new Ketuv artists! The first two ketubot are by Edeet Bergman, an Israeli artist based in Manhattan who has been devoting herself to ketubot for the last decade. The first one, called the Garden of Eden ketubah, is very indicative of Edeet’s signature style in graphite, surreal and rich. We also love the concept behind this ketubah, which Edeet shared was about weathering the ups and downs in a relationship with equanimity and acceptance.
Edeet also contributed a ketubah based on Native American quilts, aptly named the Quilt Ketubah:
The third ketubah was by a new D.C.-based Ketuv artist named Lauren Kotkin. Actually, Lauren got in touch after creating a ketubah for one of our text-only ketubah customers. We loved what she did with their ketubah (we’ll be showing a whole bunch of examples of what independent artists have done with our text-only ketubot in our next post), and we are so happy to have her on our roster with this beautiful, floral collaged ketubah, called Love Grows:
We hope you like them as much as we do! For more information on Edeet or Lauren, visit their artist pages by clicking on their names!
Catherine and Gabe, the creative duo behind Woodcut Maps, came to Ketuv artist Jason Leinwand wanting a ketubah that matched the tone of their knitted chuppah. After a few conversations, and a few sketches (one of which is pictures below), and some custom calligraphy by Edeet Bergman, this is what he came up with.
And for a bit of behind-the-scenes action, here is a peek at Jason’s initial sketch:
Catherine and Gabe loved the sketch, but Catherine thought the design within the text box looked too much like fallopian tubes (ha!), so Jason amended them to what you see above.
Read on for an exit interview with Jason about his process.
Q: What medium did you use?
A: The ketubah was made with archival ink pens and Faber-Castell polychrome colored pencils.
Q: What were Catherine and Gabe looking for with this ketubah? What was the inspiration?
A: Catherine and Gabe were looking for a ketubah that expressed their dedication to, and wonder of, the world they want to live in, create, and share with others. It seemed to me that the energy and spirit of a community was the focus not just of their wedding, but of their lives. I think my style of artwork was attractive to them, not just because I was their friend and part of that community, but because it hopes to capture that very busy and active essence of life, the universe and love. They had a very specific color palette that drew from the colors and patterns of a sentimental pillow they own. They also wanted it to be playful, even making reference to their pet cats. (But that is our secret as to where that comes into the piece!) Other inspirations for the piece were the little crocheted squares that loved ones and wedding guests have selected that will be knit together to form their chuppah. I tried to emulate this idea of many different patterned squares being put together to form the overall layout of the ketubah.
Q: How does this relate to what you are exploring in your studio these days?
A: This ketubah relates so perfectly to what I am exploring in my studio. I have actually been making only 20″x 20″ square, colored pencil drawings for the past 6 months or so. Making another one for Catherine and Gabe seemed completely in line with the last drawing I made, which also consisted of a squared grid. Ultimately, I have found that in addition to making work about cosmic and worldly energies, I really just love to color! Getting to color and meditate over their ketubah, reading the text they had chosen and creating something special around it, highlights the elements I wish to be present in all my work.
For more information about Jason Leinwand, visit his artist page.
Update 8/15/2013: Check out this great pic of the signing!