Ruth Becker is one of best ketubah artists in the industry, and we’ve had the pleasure of knowing her and witnessing her inspired art for quite some time. With many print and papercut ketubahs in our store, she’s always a presence and always popular with customers, but her most intriguing works are papercuts.
The amount of artistry and craft that go into an 18 layer papercut are remarkable in their own right, but Ruth’s papercut ketubahs are distinguished by their impressive balance between opulence and restraint. They create an elegant, intricate effect inspired by geometry.
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Ruth Becker (Mergi) is an Israeli-American artist who has spent time living in both countries, and who has 25 years of experience making fine art and ketubah art. Her ketubah art output includes many intriguing papercut designs, as well as print pieces.
Her approach is largely informed by the possibilities of geometric and natural forms, and their interplay. Her 18 layer papercut ketubahs in particular use this inspiration as guidance to create some rare, astonishing pieces. Her approach is to use trial and error to pursue attractive forms, and once an approach ‘clicks’, the payoff is obvious, as can be seen in the following pieces.
In Attachment, Ruth uses two intertwined ribbons to symbolize the unity of marriage, of two separate elements coming together to make a greater whole. The number 18 is also the *Gematria of the word “chai” in Hebrew, which means life. It is fitting that Ruth chose 18 layers to celebrate the beauty of marriage, as two lives combine to be shared as one. Furthermore, the depth and dimension given by the layered technique, combined with a flowing and even wavy effect of the pattern, combines geometrical forms and natural grace to create a truly attractive ketubah.
Becker’s papercut sensibilities find incredibly fluid expression in Revelry, which uses circular geometry and flowing curves in the depiction of two rings, one set inside the other, both surrounding the text to elevate it and draw in the eye. The waviness of the lines, as hinted at in the title of this piece, allude to the traditional Circle Dance.
One of Ruth’s crowning achievements is Calligraphy, which we referred to as a magnum opus—a description we stand by. The graceful forms of the repeated character are brought to life by the depth and intricacy of the papercut technique, celebrating and echoing the text within while also suggesting floral forms.
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The papercut ketubahs highlighted in this article are some of the most unique and remarkable we offer, and are a wonderful option for commemorating and celebrating your marriage. They are deep both literally and conceptually, referring to traditions, symbols, and concepts that are close to our hearts.
These ketubahs possess an exclusivity and attractiveness due to the craft and time that go into their creation—even uncomplicated designs gain plenty of impact when layered and repeated. A layered papercut can appear much different from morning to evening, and in different lighting conditions, making them perfect for display on a wall. Ruth’s layered papercut ketubahs are among the most impressive in our collection, and we’re honored to be able to offer them.
*Gematria (/ɡəˈmeɪtriə/; Hebrew: גמטריא or Gimatria גימטריה, plural גמטראות or גמטריאות, gematriot) is an alphanumeric code of assigning a numerical value to a name, word or phrase based on its letters. A single word can yield multiple values depending on the cipher used. – Wiki