Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Gilad's Album

I'm always very pleased to hear from a returning customer, particularly one who wants to order her THIRD Bar Mitzvah album (the next one, if she wants one, will be for a Bat Mitzvah). I have already made albums for Adir and Omri. This time it was Gilad's turn to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah.
Mum asked me to create an album that opens the H​ebrew​ way, from right to left, and she wanted the Bar Mitzvah boy to be shown wearing tefillin. Jewish men start wearing tefillin, or phylacteries, just before their Bar Mitzvah. They consist of two leather boxes with parchment with biblical passages inside. Gilad is right-handed so he is wearing his tefillin on his left arm. He is also wearing them on his head, and the straps are hanging down over his white shirt.
Gilad, Mum told me, likes Krav Maga (the self-defence system developed for the Israel Defence Forces), playing with Rubik's Cubes, hacking cell phones, going to Scouts, drawing, cycling and playing games on his Nvidia Shield tablet.​ He is currently quite curly haired, she said, though admittedly those curls were "tamed" by the time of his Bar Mitzvah.
I added the badge of the Tsofim Datiyim (the religious Scouts) to the cover, along with a small illustration of Gilad's bike, his phone and tablet, and some paper and pencils to illustrate his love of drawing. Gilad can be seen in his white Krav Maga - I.C.F. t-shirt, playing with a Rubik's Cube.
I also cut out several light blue striped tallitot (the large sheet-like fringed prayer shawl worn during the morning prayers which some boys begin wearing for the daily prayers from the age of Bar Mitzvah) and placed them in two corners of the cover and on several pages inside the album. Some of the inside pages were also illustrated to cover Gilad's various interests.
The first page, which as a Hebrew book opened on the rightmost page (the opposite of an English book), shows some Krav Maga sparring gloves, followed by a colourful Rubik's Cube, and then Gilad's OnePlus X​ phone and Nvidia Shield tablet, above. Next I created a Scouting-themed page showing a little green tent and a campfire burning close-by. Finally I cut out a tiny blue​ bike, just as Gilad's brothers had in their albums.


Miss Val's Creations said...

Fun details. The Rubik's Cube reminds me of my childhood when it first came out! The camping scene is really cute.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Nice handmade goods! Thanks for sharing.

VeggieMummy said...

Another beautiful card. Like Miss Val, that Rubik's Cube takes me right back! xx

Aritha said...

It is so cute to see the things he loves! Thinking to my own son (12) he likes also Rubik's Cubes. Heel mooi(very beautiful)!

handmade by amalia said...

What a treasure you've made for this young man, Lisa! Shana Tova to you and yours.

Anonymous said...

Whoa, I can tell this was a lot of work, especially the Rubik cube! When there are so many items it's great when the design "works" as a whole! Absolutely great job, Lisa!
Have a happy Rosh Hashanah! Don't know if you know, there is now a stream in Chritianity where the believers have started celebrating the Jewish feasts. It often happens when they have been to Israel.

Aritha said...

I want to wish you a Shana Tova, a happy and sweet year 5777.

Unknown said...

Beautiful work, and very impressive that you make it all yourself. Thanks so much for sharing with Life Thru the Lens.

Lisa @ LTTL