About the Artist
Sarah grew up around women who made beautiful
things with their hands. One of her favorite treasures is a large
quilt that her grandmother and other women made using scraps from
Before coming to New York, Sarah lived in Israel,
where she immersed herself in Jewish life. While in New York, she
received her graduate degrees in Jewish history, as well as a degree
in library science.
She is married, with two daughters. As her
daughters have grown up, she has developed new ways to teach them--and
the rest of the world—about the beauty of the Jewish calendar and
life cycle, particularly when they are looked at from a fresh perspective.
One of her first projects was a prayer shawl collar, or atarah,
for her husband, which uses the Noah’s Ark motif (because he and
her daughters love animals).
Subsequent projects have taken familiar American
patchwork motifs, and adapted them to celebrate Jewish themes and
special occasions, using Hebrew lettering as an essential part of
the design. For example, when Sarah created a matzah cover
for her family, she used the popular Dresden plate motif from the
patchwork tradition as the centerpiece. She then surrounded it on
all four sides with handstitched Passover themes and motifs, added
a red-white-and-blue sawtooth border and ruffles, and tabs for the
Cohen, Levi and Israel matzot. More recently, Sarah created
a parokhet (or curtain to cover the Ark that holds the Torah
scrolls), which used the traditional “High Holiday” color scheme
and a patchwork design evoking the theme of the Days of Awe, and
included the text for a beautiful medieval prayer poem, which she
handstitched around the entire outside border.
Sarah also has a cat, a guinea pig, and two
rats (Hodu and Kush). Her hobbies include inline skating, weightlifting
and classical music.