Berit Engen WOOF and D'RASH - Weaving a Thousand Jewish Tapestries

– PIFS: Parchment, Ink, Feather, Scribe
I remember the awe that filled the sanctuary in our synagogue many years ago when an older scribe, a sofer STaM, came to talk about the holiness of the Torah scroll itself. While I was used to studying the text, this way to look at the book appealed to the artist in me: tools, materials, calligraphy, and rules for executing the crafts needed to complete the task of making a scroll from scratch to finished object, not to mention hard work, dedication, and a sense of a higher purpose.

– Shalom, good lookin’!
This series reworks the striking elegance of the graphical expressions of the Biblical text as seen in a Torah scroll. To express the heartfelt affection we have for the Torah and her graphical beauty, I chose tones of red and red-related objects in the tapestries and as part of the tapestry names. Red is, after all, the passionate and the show-off color.
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