Judaic Art Studio
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Working with Leah was great. I had some pretty specific calligraphy needs, and not only was Leah able to accommodate, but she went above and beyond my expectations. Her handwriting and style is clean, but with a wonderful artistic flair. It was clear from the piece she created for me that she meticulous and personalize when interacting, with both, customers and art pieces. I'm already planning another piece to work on with her!Jun 2, 2015Verified
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My pricing is primarily based on my hourly rate of $70.00, plus materials. After years of working this way, I am able to gauge pretty accurately the time that a given job will take. If it is open ended, I bill on an hourly basis.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Yes, I continue to take classes, lead workshops, interface with other artists on a regular basis and show my work at every opportunity. All those efforts keep me involved, informed, stimulated and up to date on new techniques and trends.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?Since the age of 5 I can remember spending hours and hours with rolls of paper my engineer father brought home from his office. We lived in a railroad style Chicago apartment with a long hallway and I would draw all of my stories on that roll until it was used up not many dolls or toys for me, just paper, paint and pencil and I was a happy little person. It was clear to everyone that art was going to be my life's work and to be honest, I never seriously considered anything else. Getting into the judaic aspect was a hook for me. After art school, I looked for a specialty niche where I could develop my skills and shine. Being an avid reader and literate in the writing and reading of hebrew, I discovered a passion for the Jewish art of paper cutting. I also developed a fascination for illuminations and texts on parchment which led me in the direction of many text based artworks. After years of hand cutting, I invested in a laser machine and began to experiment with all sorts of applications which that enabled. I continue to be fascinated with the results of those intricate cuttings and have also been hand cutting larger scale works out of tyvek and paper. Color and paint have also been in the mix and gilding with precious metals has added a special aspect to much of my work.