11 Feb 2010

Ketubah Artists – more one of a kind

Posted by Moshe Mikanovsky

Ketubah Artists – more one of a kind

In previous posts about Katubah Artists, I wrote about three artists whose business is centered around the Ketubah products, and about artists and designers who made one-of-a-kind Ketubah, using their unique styles, usually commissioned by their close family or friends, or by their collectors. I have found few additional artists that made one of a kind Ketubahs, and here are their designs and stories.

Jonathan Lu

This one is by far one of the most fabulous and unique Ketubahs I have ever seen! I would love to see it in person, it looks so incredible. An Architecture graduate, Jonathan Lu built a three dimensional relief design around the circular Ketubah text. Here is what he told me about it:

I made it for a friend’s wedding as a gift. I planned the design in Autocad, and made some small test models. I constructed the final product with basswood, by hand – very time consuming, but I had a long time to work on it. I then coated it with a polyurethane varnish. In talking with the couple, they preferred geometric Ketubah designs over the ones with scenery. I wasn’t sure how well a complex painted pattern would turn out, so I tried a sculptural pattern.

 This Ketubah is so unique - the design is dynamic and decorative, full with depth and rhythm. You just have to see it to understand what I mean.

Ketubah by Jonathan Lu

Ketubah by Jonathan Lu

Ketubah by Jonathan Lu

Ketubah by Jonathan Lu

Mike Wenthe

Mike Wenthe is a comics artist, working in collaboration with Isaac Cates on their Satisfactory Comics. In this Ketubah, created for his brother-in-law and his bride, Mike included several fantastic and crazy beasts, all by requirements of the couple. The end result is a very unique Ketubah, utilizing Mike’s talent for comics and design, and the commissioning clients’ special taste in fantasy. Like I always say – get the Ketubah and art you love, not what everyone else is doing… Check out Mike’s blog post describing how he created the Ketubah, with some more zoomed in pictures of The Creatures.

Ketubah by Mike Wenthe

Ketubah by Mike Wenthe

 David Silverberg

Artist David Silverberg is a notable Canadian print-maker with 50 years history of making and exhibiting his artwork. Many of his images, mostly etchings and engravings, are influenced by his Jewish heritage. I found this Ketubah which features several etching prints of birds, butterflies and a Sofer Stam (scribe writing a Torah scroll). I personally love the art of printmaking, both the process and the end results. David’s flair for drawing, details and design shines in this medium, and his Ketubah is no exception.

Ketubah by David Silverberg

Ketubah by David Silverberg

Here is another beautiful Ketubah by David Silverberg (I am not sure what it is made of, as unfortunately there are not details on his site):

Ketubah by David Silverberg

Heather Hurzeler

Heather Hurzeler, an artist and the creator of the Luvaroo Wrap Carriers (check them out, they are very cute!) was challenged by her cousin to create a Ketubah for her wedding. Now it seems that the family is not Jewish, but the tradition and beauty of it was something that they wanted to celebrate. This is when Heather created this beautiful artwork. I love the colour scheme and the way that the Ketubah text is wrapped by the roots. Also rendering the tree like a huge knot of thick multi color cables make it a very powerful image. Read more about the creation of the Ketubah at Heather’s blog.

Ketubah by Heather Hurzeler

Ketubah by Heather Hurzeler

Now let me repeat something I already wrote before – whether you love a specific Ketubah Artist work, or just love any artist’s style, don’t shy away from commissioning the art you love to your special day. After all, this is one of the most important pieces of art you will ever buy, a symbol of your love and unity, which will proudly decorate your home in a prominent place.

Here is for Art and for Love.

Moshe

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3 Responses to “Ketubah Artists – more one of a kind”

  1. Thank you for your post on the Ketubah I painted, I appreciate your kind words! Enjoyed your blog, thanks again!
    Heather ~

     

    Heather Hurzeler

  2. They were all lovely, but those two ketubot by Jonathan Lu and Heather Hurzeler are absolutely magnificent! Good work!

     

    Rachelle

  3. I agree Rachelle,
    My favorite is Jonathan’s. It is so creative and different from anything I have ever seen!

    Moshe

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

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