Embracing Trees – Gold Leaf Ketubah
by Ruth Stern Warzecha
This design features striking hand-applied 23 karat gold leaf accents. The original of this design is a collage of dappled bark forming tree trunks, multiple fabrics and stitches making leaves. The many materials and patterns symbolize the complexities of life. Two trees embrace and intertwine, growing stronger and illustrating the biblical description of the first marriage: “and the two shall be as one flesh.” The two Hebrew phrases below the tree roots are from the wedding blessings and translate as “the voice of the groom” and “the voice of the bride.” (This is a flat reproduction of the original- there is no fabric or material on each giclee print- only ink.)
Ketubah Artist Bio
Ruth Stern Warzecha comes from a family of religious scribes and has worked as a Judaica artist for over 30 years. She specializes in calligraphy, papercutting, custom ketubot, and glass and needlepoint design.