In Jewish weddings, bride and groom sign a marriage contract called a ketubah, which records the date, location, and witnesses, among other details, and validates the marriage under Jewish law. Traditionally these documents are beautifully decorated—pieces of art—and hung in the home.
My parents had a very plain ketubah; it is not on display in their home. So as a gift for their 25th anniversary, I decided to make a decorative ketubah for them, not ro replace the original, but to serve as a piece of art and tribute to their marriage.
One of the biggest influences on my personal aesthetic is my parents' collection of art deco posters, toys, and furniture, so I referenced art deco pattern books and stained glass windows for inspiration. I designed the layout and hand-painted the whole piece, except for the text of the actual contract. I used primarily designer's gouache and gold acrylic.
I researched Hebrew lettering and custom-lettered the text at the top: in orange is my parents' Hebrew names, and in gold above that is the sacred phrase "I am my beloved and my beloved is mine." I was especially excited for the chance to make a ligature using Hebrew letters!