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Step 1: I print out my sketch on paper and piece them together with tape. This is one of the first steps in the process for every tallis I make. It takes about 22 pieces of paper for 1 tallis. The numbers aren’t part of the sketch, they just help me piece the whole thing together.
Step 2: Next I trace the outline onto the stretched silk with a water soluble marker.
Step 3: Then I go over the traced outline with gutta or water-soluble resist.
All of this was done in the evening.
My studio has fantastic light in the morning but is lacking in artificial light, so come morning I got a good look at the gold outline against the fabric swatch that my client sent. I didn’t like it. So I did some test swatches.
I have shown them here for folks to comment on.
The swatch in the background is a piece from the dress that will be worn.
It is a very challenging color to work with, a sort of grey taupe not quite purple not quite pink not quite beige not quite sure what color it wants to be.
It’s kind of like the mystery meat of the culinary students at RISD. You aren’t quite sure what it is, and maybe you’ll risk it, but maybe you’d rather not… Good thing I like a challenge 😉 Though I never could bring myself to brave the meat!
In case you were wondering… it turns out that hot fuchsia, burnt umber, black and a touch of cobalt blue softened with a whole lot of water makes mystery color #1.
I have a customer interested in a custom tallis. I just realized that there isn’t an easy place online to see my finished (and sold) works. So, by special request, here is a quick gallery of previous projects.
My very first Tallis. This tallit has 18 butterflies hand drawn and painted adorning a pale peach mottled background. The stripes across the bottom are teal. Still one of my favorites.
I promised the customers (some dear friends of mine) that I would never make another that was exactly like this one. Of course, that isn’t possible anyway, due to the nature of the medium. I could make a similar one, but none identical.
I have since made two other butterfly tallesim in yellow:
Here you see my “Four Matriarchs” tallis. I have made two in blue, one darker and one lighter. Both have sold. I still have the design which can be made in any color range.
I have made several “Birds on a Wire” Taleisim. This is my most popular style. I originally designed it for my own son for his Bar Bitzvah.
Some of these orders have had custom atarot (the band around the collar is called an Atarah). Most have the traditional prayer.
The tree is often used as symbolism in Judaism for Torah and our celebration of life. I was commissioned to make a Tallis for a bat mitzvah who loved this symbolism:
I have even made a “Cow Tallis” for a dear friend of mine who is a cattle farmer.
As you can see, I accept requests for just about anything… although I must draw the line at pigs 😉
All of my talleisim come with a matching or coordinating kippah and bag and can be purchased through my Etsy shop at kippahmitzvah.etsy.com.
If you don’t see what you are interested in, please convo me on Etsy or email me at kippahmitzvah@hotmail. com