Sunday, February 3, 2019

Megilah pt. 3


The final yiriah, photograph taken after gold illumination, with closeups from before. As you can see, Julie had not yet finished the text at the time of illustration. 

A croaking raven atop the names of Haman's sons (the far margin will fold when the yirioth are stitched together so there is no tail).


A son of Haman, with the terrain beneath him changing to dead grass and destroying angel mushrooms.

Esther sits, scroll in hand. The same tree which hangs reshaim drops blossoms and golden leaves on her.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Megilah pt. 2

A full-page illustration at the beginning of the scroll, before any writing:



Various Persian sceptres:


Julie is writing on full-grown, ethically-sourced sheep qelaf. I'm afraid our eyes have been spoiled by fetal calf parchment which is so picked-over it might as well be paper, and I'm glad indeed that the readers of this megilah will get a chance to see something more beautifully irregular. So it's important to note that any apparent smudging is the natural tonal variance of the sheep.

Thursday, January 31, 2019


Repairing a Torah scroll for Congregation B'nai Israel in St Catharines! Not pictured here is my son, who was "home" sick today, and so tagged along, learning how to grade damage to scrolls (crumbling: bad, fading: better) and the kashruth of letter forms.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Megilah pt. 1

I was commissioned to illuminate a meghilah written by my exceptional colleague, Julie Seltzer. Here are some of the details.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Imbas Forosnai

At HPL's Central branch, Gallery 4, with my linocuts inspired by Irish and Swedish folklore. I'm extremely grateful to artist/librarian Nancy McPhee for her arrangement and cunning vinyl sticker prints, and all her hard work.


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Together with Hillel, made a backward-running clock, decorated with phases of the moon.