After many years making custom ketubot, I added prints to my offerings (spring 2012), bringing the same high quality and personal service that have been hallmarks of my custom commissions to clients looking for a more affordable and faster ketubah. I wanted to be certain that I had technical solutions for really good art reproduction and customizable text at an affordable price.
One of the problems that I have seen with printed ketubot is that they never look as good as if the names had been filled in from the start. I just hate to see someone spend $$$ only to have their rabbi fill in the text with a ballpoint pen. This is why I offer free customization with every ketubah - it seems like the way it should be although it is treated like an extra by the industry. Likewise, feel free to provide your custom text in English and pair it with one of my standard texts in Hebrew or provide your own Hebrew. (I no longer offer translation to Hebrew - too many years out of Israel).
I am very proud of this collection of prints, both for their art quality, their flexibility, and affordability.
In addition to more ketubah designs, I will add other products in the next few months, including coordinated thank you cards and possibly even invitations and chuppahs. I also intend to design my own Hebrew and English fonts, giving me greater control over the text appearance (every print can look as good as a custom lettered ketubah or even better). Until then, please feel free to request a different font if the ones I have chosen are not to your taste.
A giclée print made with high-quality archival inks on fine art paper - heavy paper with a subtle texture - using a high-resolution large format inkjet printer. The premium inks produce images with smooth tones and rich colors, making these prints ideal for extraordinary presentations. Each one is coated with a matte layer to protect against UV damage.
A giclée print like the paper print, but printed directly onto museum quality canvas material using the same high quality archival inks. The canvas print is then wrapped around a stretcher frame so that the sides are a clean solid color and display ready without framing. The canvases are 3/4” deep. A Lustre laminate is applied to each piece to protect the surface of the print and to provide UV Light protection. Delivered with paper backing and hanging hardware attached.
The art is printed by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets. They are water-proof and highly scratch resistant. Because the image is infused into the surface and not on it, your images have an unusual luminescence from the aluminum with a subtle back-lit look. Metal prints have a subtle matte finish with a brilliant and impressive color vibrance.
Images printed with the MetalPrints process will last for generations when displayed indoors and out of direct sunlight. Like any fine art print, MetalPrints should not be regularly exposed to direct sunlight or high outdoor temperatures. The archival value of a print should be judged not only by its resistance to degradation by U.V. light and ozone exposure, but also to moisture and surface damage. When these factors are brought into the equation, MetalPrints are an excellent way to preserve an image.
For now, this media is only available for art prints, but after I work out the best methods of signing the metal prints, ketubot will be available as metal prints too. (No worrying about creasing the paper during transport to the wedding! Waterproof!).
I got started making ketubot In 1996, when I made my own ketubah, Tree of Life. I didn't know any Hebrew or calligraphy, so I made a collage by cutting up our text and numbering the slips of paper, then gluing them to a large canvas. Shortly after the wedding, we moved to Israel to study at Hebrew University. Between graduate seminars in International Relations, the History and Culture of the Modern Middle East, and Hebrew and Arabic classes, I sneaked in painting. At the end of two years, we returned to the USA, and while I was supposed to be writing my master's thesis on the modern Middle East (the intersection between gender, militarism, and national identity in Israel), I spent all my time painting. Before long, friends and acquaintances asked me to do their ketubot and I united a life-long fascination with illuminated manuscripts and my livelihood. At first, I didn't know what I was doing, so I gave myself a year to learn the necessary skills, charged very little for those who would hire me, until I got to the point where I felt confident enough in the quality of my work.
Until the age of 14, I lived in Austin, Texas. At 14, I moved to San Francisco where I attended School of the Arts High School. Since then, I’ve lived in Vermont, Kibbutz Tuval in Israel, New York City, Philadelphia, Jerusalem, Tucson, Cleveland, South Lake Tahoe, and as of summer 2011, Charlotte, North Carolina.
If you are wondering if you know me, you just might. If you do know me and you're wondering how life is, I'm doing well, love being a mom, and still don't like snow; Jon Freirich (my husband) is still a rabbi (see what he's up to on his blog jewishand.org) and working for Temple Beth El in Charlotte, NC; Jude (my son) is growing like a weed and is smarter and more amazing than expected. Feel free to look me up on Facebook - if I do know you, chances are I would love to reconnect!
If I had to write a six-word autobiography for my life so far, it would be “Raised by hippies, married a rabbi.”
I live and work in Charlotte, NC. If you are in the area, contact me to schedule a studio visit. I am an espresso fanatic and will make you a really great cappuccino.