|A big thank-you to Rabbi Eleanor Steinman for capturing this image|
of me working with a student!
The students in my class really gave it their all – some finishing up their mizrach projects, and nearly all of them completing their midrash projects as well.
|Papercutting in a workshop means you get feedback and support from the other students.|
I took a bunch photos of the students hard at work; here are some of my favorites.
|Yes – there were other southpaws in the workshop. Hooray for lefties!|
|I love seeing work coming together – the process is nearly sculptural.|
|The day was overcast, and the room a bit dimmer than usual...|
but one enterprising student brought a mini lantern!
And of course, each student posed with their finished work. Some didn't quite get all the way done, but they'll be finishing up later – and you can already see how great those are going to be as well.
|Barbara's mizrach was gloriously colorful.|
|Barrie built a house with the Hebrew letter bet and a tree branching through it.|
|Cindy made great headway with her midrash-inspired landscape;|
just a bit more background to incorporate and she'll be dine!
|Esther made a papercut inspired by Bamidbar, the second book in the Torah.|
("Bamidbar" means "in the desert.)
|Fran's "Miriam's Well" is so expressive, really capturing the shape of water blasting out.|
|You've got to see the image she used in the background of the water... stunning!|
|Leslie had a very complex design for her mizrach – so much time cutting,|
not quite enough to finish backing it – but look at that pomegranate!
|Margaret worked on three pieces in the workshop, including this "Tree of Life"|
which she is backing with cut-out pieces from magazines she brought in.
|Samantha missed the first session, so she had 2/3 the time of most students –|
but still nearly finished this gorgeous tree!
|Stuart (the lefty) was working on interpreting the hidden meanings of Hebrew letters.|
|His painstaking layering of colors behind the letters was inspiring (and time-consuming)!|
|Toby made a piece exploring "the endless cycle" of the Hebrew letter samech.|