The art of papercutting traces its roots in the Jewish Tradition to the 14th century rabbi, Shem-Tov ben Yitzhak ben Ardutiel, who after his ink froze, completed a treatise by cutting out the letters. Although this artwork is not an actual papercut, Mickie was inspired by this tradition to create a stunning ketubah using the papercut motif. The famous quote from the Song of Songs “I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine” and all of the imagery is rendered as though cut out of a single sheet of paper. Two traditional quotes are beautifully calligraphed and added in radiant gold foil.
Ketubah Artist Bio
Mickie Caspi, an Israeli-American artist and calligrapher has been creating Judaic art since 1980. Mickie’s delicate watercolors draw on the inspiration of many sources: traditional Jewish, Persian and Arabic motifs, contemporary graphics, art nouveau and her love of nature. Mickie studied at Columbia College and spent seven years as a freelance artist and calligrapher in Israel. Her work has been exhibited in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Chicago, San Fransico and Boston, and her illustrations have appeared in several Hebrew children’s books.