Thursday, 30 September 2021

Hadar's Album

Hadar's Bat Mitzvah album was the FOURTH album I have made for this family. She has three big brothers you see and they have all received one of my albums for their Bar Mitzvah. I made an album for Adir back in 2012, Omri in 2014 and Gilad in 2016. A few years break and it was recently their sister's turn to celebrate.
Hadar loves gymnastics, scooting and swimming and of course Netflix and TikTok too. Mum told me that Hadar uses cartwheeling as her mode of transportation and asked if I could show her doing a cartwheel on the front of the album. She sent me a picture of her daughter's scooter too, so that I could get the colours exactly right!
I have shown Hadar in the purple leotard and black tights that she wears for gymnastics on the front of the album. She is doing the requested cartwheel. Her long brown hair is loose, with curls flowing everywhere. Mum said that wearing her hair like that has become "her thing". I added her pink scooter in the background, along with her white laptop computer. Netflix is open on the screen. Next to her is a swimming cap and goggles. Hadar had chosen a colour scheme of pastel pink, purple and blue for her Bat Mitzvah celebration, so I made sure to use all those colours on the album cover.
I decorated 5 pages inside Hadar's album as well. The first page showed her doing a cartwheel once again, above. Next I added her pink scooter, below, followed by Netflix on her laptop, the TikTok logo with some music notes and finally, a tiny little paper portrait of Hadar swimming. Each page was decorated with a purple flower too.
Hadar was delighted with her album and I was thrilled to see it on the reception table at her Bat Mitzvah celebration. "It's amazing!!! She loves it." mum wrote to me. "Thanks so much. You are so talented."
* Just for a bit of fun, I searched my blog and found the card I made when Hadar was born back in 2009!


Monday, 27 September 2021

Mr and Mrs

A customer sent me a photo of her newly married daughter and her daughter's husband. She told me that she loves the photo of the couple and asked me to recreate it in paper for her daughter's birthday. She then personalised the card even more by using her daughter's new surname as part of the birthday greeting.
I carefully copied the couple's clothing, from the details on the husband's blue T-shirt, to the orange underside of his baseball cap. I collaged my customer's daughter's dress and hair covering so that her paper portrait would be as close to the original photo as possible.
Mum was very happy. "The card is awesome... of course!" she wrote to me.
Another customer wrote and told me that she'd love to get a card made with her and her husband on the front for their wedding anniversary. She sent me a favourite photo of the two of them, taken back in 1996.
Once again I carefully duplicated their outfits, from her husband's slightly askew bowtie to the lace on my customer's dress.
"My husband loved our 25th anniversary card! He immediately knew which photo it was taken from!" she wrote me.
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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Human Forms

Beit Guvrin National Park is a national park in central Israel which encompasses the ruins of Maresha, one of the important towns of Judah during the time of the First Temple, and Beit Guvrin, an important town in the Roman era, when it was known as Eleutheropolis. Archaeological artifacts unearthed at the site include a large Jewish cemetery, a Roman-Byzantine amphitheatre, a Byzantine church, public baths, mosaics and burial caves. But it was none of these things that we were looking for when we went to Beit Guvrin one Thursday evening back in June. We were there to see the "Human Forms" exhibition of Italian artist Ivo Bisignano
Bisignano, a former Vogue Italy fashion editor, chose an ancient cave which had been closed to the public for 25 years for his exhibit of wooden sculptures and video art. The southern cave, which last welcomed visitors in the 1990s, has towering limestone walls dating back to at least 500 BCE. It was used by Jews, Romans and Byzantines alternately as a home, bath, stables and burial grounds. Recently it became the temporary home of Bisignano's exhibition of eight wooden sculptures, built from wood scraps found in Acre on the northern coast.
All eight wooden sculptures, some as tall as five feet, were created in Bisignano's Tel Aviv apartment. He initially wanted to install his works in the Negev desert but his husband, Israeli architect Alex Meitlis, suggested the caves as the perfect location for his installation.
The exhibition is based around these namesake wooden sculptures of human forms, as well as video artworks and hand-drawn animations. The sculptures, which are situated on the dusty floors of the cave, casting giant shadows behind them, create a harmonious tension between the inanimate and the human. Each of the eight "human forms" contains their own personality and identity, and form a beautiful juxtaposition with the cave's organic interiors.
Behind the wooden sculptures and projected on other walls of the cave are Bisignano's five video works, enormous screens featuring sound-free images. Apparently it took him nine hours a day for a year to make a three-minute video. The video artworks include hand-drawings of black and white crows, lyrical texts and pop art references. They too emphasise the contrast between ancient and digital.
The sculptures and video works are accompanied by texts written by leading art and creative luminaries, including Israeli-British chef Yotam Ottolenghi, who has collaborated with Bisignano and his Israeli husband on his London restaurants.
The hundreds of caves around Beit Guvrin National Park qualified for UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2014. Now that the "Human Forms" installation has been exhibited in one UNESCO site, Bisignano is hoping to have the exhibit travel around the world, from one UNESCO World Heritage site to another. He hopes that the next stop will be Petra, the Nabatean city in Jordan's southwestern desert.