Sculpture

Nachum Gutman

Celebrating the life and work of artist Nachum Gutman, born October 15, 1898.

10-5 Nachum Gutman
Nachum Gutman mosaic wall at Shalom Tower, where the old Herzliya Gymnasium once stood; detail showing orchards and a saqiya fountain outside old Jaffa. By יעל י [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
More information, including references, images, and links to more of his work can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nachum_Gutman.

 

 

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Adar - la'yhudim hayta orah v'simcha, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Visual Arts

There Was Light – Harriet Goren

Artist Harriet Goren created this work (giclée print made from digital painting) to honor the memory of her friend Remie.

In the artist’s words:

“In addition to being a strong, determined, endlessly creative and loving wife, mother, and friend with a wonderful sense of humor, she was also a renowned scholar of the medieval Arabic world who focused on how people lived their daily lives. This text, and Esther, reminded me of her spirit and soul. The design is inspired by Arabic calligraphy, and the colors evoke the sand and water that she loved.”

Books and Blintzes is proud to share this image, inspired by the words of this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge. Please respect the creative and legal rights of the artist and do not copy, share, or distribute this work without her permission.

More information about the artist and her work can be found at https://www.gorenjudaica.com/.

 

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Shevat ~ עץ חיים היא, Visual Arts

Eitz Chaim Shadow Box

A Shadow Box “Eitz Chaim” created by artist Paula Shuchat Miller using beads, fabric, paper wood, and stone (2007). The text of the Eitz Chaim – the tree of life – is printed on the scroll and is connected to the roots at the base of the piece. Here the words act as a foundation to support the growth of the tree and is an integral part of the natural ecosystem showcased in the box.

Eitz Chaim Mixed Media

BooksandBlintzes thanks the artist for allowing us to share this image of her work. To protect her legal and creative rights, please do not copy or distribute this image without the express consent of the artist.

Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries, Painting & Drawing, Shevat ~ עץ חיים היא

Etz Chaim – Shoshanna Bauer

Shoshanna Bauer Etz Chaim“Etz Chaim”

Watercolor by Shoshanna Bauer

In the artists words: “Etz Chayim is based on Proverbs 3:17-18 English translation of the lyrics: A tree of life to those who hold fast to it,and all who cling to it find happiness. Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace. Help us and guide us, inspire us and provide us. With the wisdom Your Torah can show. Cause us to learn, renew and return, Just as in days of old.”

To learn more about Shoshanna Bauer and her art, please visit her website at http://www.imagekind.com/MemberProfile.aspx?MID=d518176f-597b-45af-9507-c00f9157a605

 

BooksAndBlintzes thanks Shoshanna Bauer for sharing her art with us. Please respect her creative and legal rights and do not copy or distribute this image without her consent.

Visual Arts

Else “Yva” Neulander-Simon

Remembering Else “Yva” Neulander-Simon and her photography. Born in Germany on January 26, 1990, she was murdered, along with her husband during the Holocaust. The image below is of the “stolperstein” (“stumbling block memorial “) located at her last home in Berlin.

To learn more about Yva and her work, please visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yva

Attribution: By OTFW, Berlin (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Book Reviews, Textiles

Embroidery and Sacred Text: New Designs in Judaic Needlework – Rachel Braun

Embroidery Embroidery and Sacred Textand Sacred Text: New Designs in Judaic Needlework is the author’s journal of her personal voyage into tying the mathematics of cross stitch design, planning and the final execution of the design to the celebration of various passages from text such as torah, tehillim, piyutim, decorative articles for the home, and personal family life cycle events.

The introduction sets the stage for the theme of repetition in Judaic text with the integration of math concepts present in embroidery design.

It discusses the idea of repetition that is evident in the Jewish calendar cycle, biblical passages that detail textual lists: of names, places, instructions for offerings, and instructions for the preparation and decoration of the mishkan.

The writer is a mathematician and is drawn to the orderliness of these lists, charts, the constant counting, columns, and the constant counting. She notes a similarity in the repetition of graph paper to woven fabric, particularly of Aida cloth which is the base for her embroidery echoing of the multitude of identical stitches needed to create the embroidery patterns.

The book consists of 22 full colour plates of embroidery in the “Blackwork” style. Blackwork, sometimes called Spanish work, is a very old type of counted thread needlework, traditionally done using black thread. Rachel Braun has given a new life to the form by using coloured threads to provide variations and contrast.

The book is divided into four parts. The first section of consists of beautiful colour plates of the embroideries. Each of the 22 colour plates is accompanied by a completely detailed artist’s statement and explanation.

The second section details the mathematical processes involved in creating and planning each pattern. The author delves into the concepts of geometry, symmetry, rotations, counting, and area, complete with enlarged detail colour plates.

Part three explains the differences between fill and border work in Blackwork embroidery, complete with an illustration of the graphing technique used. There are 3 pages of showing “fill” techniques, 2 pages of “corner” and “border” and “medallions”, and 1 page detailing progressive pattern (with a graph), all with colour plates.

The last section has both English and Hebrew fonts, graphed out for ease of use.

I enjoyed the detail in the colour plates and the artist’s use of colour. The embroidery work is exceptional. The attention to every stitch, every thought, and diarizing of each piece is intense, and would be most appreciated by an advanced hand embroiderer, a student of textile and embroidery arts, and one with a scholarly interest in Judaic textiles.

Paula Shuchat MillerThis review was written by guest contributor Paula Shuchat Miller. Paula is a Toronto-based textile and mixed-media artist, a certified Paverpol instructor, and a long time member of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles in Canada. You can learn more about Paula, her work, and custom creations
at www.millerartfabrications.com.