I have had the privilege of making ketubahs for two generations for several families:
I have been making ketubahs my entire adult life. I made my first one while I was still a teenager, and have made hundreds by now. I was part of the revival of the artistic ketubah from the very beginning, in the early 1970's. I have grown up with the ketubah, and it has grown with me.
My process is collaborative. Each ketubah becomes a portrait of a couple: their story, passions, personality. Talking with them inspires colors, simplicity or complexity, dynamism or serenity. My ketubah prints reflect the experience of telling many stories; in them, I express the things so many couples love: nature, colors, warmth, romance.
I feel a link with antiquity each time I sit down to write the same words that have been written for Jewish marriages for two millennia. At the same time, I am advancing the art form of the ketubah by offering modern texts and new imagery and techniques, and including diverse communities, such as same-sex and interfaith couples.
The Ketubah is unique to the Jewish community, and I feel it enriches the world community as a beautiful celebration of love, family and letters.