Monday, April 8, 2013

Cut Paper Ketubot - Ruth Mergi

I've been keeping a lookout for new paper cuttings from Ruth Mergi. She was already doing exceptional work when I first interviewed her a few years ago, although she had been seriously working as a paper artist for only about a year. American-born Ruth has continued to hone her craft from her home studio in Modiin, Israel while raising a young family.

Cut paper ketubah

This is an example of one of her recent custom pieces... a layered, hand painted marriage ketubah - exquisite!

Cut paper ketubah

The ketubot available in Ruth's Etsy shop are original, hand cuttings reproduced by laser on fine art paper. A couple's desired Hebrew text is giclée printed using digital technology. Ruth describes this damask-patterned ketubah as a modern classic. She shows new lace, lines, and Moroccan ketubah designs too.

Cut paper ketubah

Ruth's cuts are mind boggling indeed; sometimes she stacks many layers to add to the impact of a piece.

Layered paper cutting

More new work is a series of hand drawn and scalpel-cut geometric tessellations with large forms in the center that become infinitely smaller toward the edge. This type of hyperbolic pattern appeals to her because it is ever-present in nature.

Hyperbolic cut paper tessellation

Examples from this series and many other delicate paper cuttings and ketubah examples will be featured in Ruth's first solo exhibition, Cut, opening this Thursday, April 11 through May 4 at the Hankin Gallery in Holon, Israel. Paper art worlds collide, as origamist Ilan Garibi will be a speaker. Here's another sneak peak of a show piece (no, make that a showpiece!)

Cut paper circles

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15 comments:

Stephanie Pounds said...

Mind boggling! Wow!

Handmade in Israel said...

Ruth's work is simply amazing! I am excited to be going to be going to the opening night of her show.

Crafty Lou Louise McLaren said...

These are beautiful!

Ann Martin said...

Lisa, that's great! I would LOVE to be there and meet all of you in person.

Handmade in Israel said...

I'd love to meet you too!

Baukje said...

beautiful as always!
Greetings Baukje

Maureen said...

The layered pieces are tremendous. Gorgeous work!

LimeRiot said...

Wow. I'm speechless. Her work is incredible!

Ilan Garibi said...

From the first moment i saw her hand works, i was so jealous... she is so talented and for sure i will be in her first ever exhibition.

SUGANTHI said...

Her layered paper cuts took my breath away. She is truly a genius.

Diana Mieczan said...

WOW, she is incredible!!! Those are so beautiful. Have a great day, dear.

Hannah Nunn said...

Super stunning !

Baukje said...

superb colors and beautiful so beatiful!
Greetings Baukje

Anonymous said...

ruths cutouts are just so inspiring.....makes me want to give it a go! i the delicate lacey pieces....they are my favourite.
licia politis

meg said...

What a fantastic paper cutting artist. The patience that is needed to create this type of art is beyond me!

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