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Jeanette Kuvin Oren

Jeanette Kuvin Oren
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Jeanette Kuvin Oren - Woodbridge, Connecticut, USA

Jeanette Kuvin Oren – Woodbridge, Connecticut, USA






Since 1984 I have been creating commissioned art for families and organizations around the world. I began my art career calligraphing and embellishing Jewish marriage contracts (ketubot). My favorite part of each project was dyeing silk for the papercut backgrounds. Always a sewer, a friend and I made a set of quilted silk Torah covers. After they were featured in a national calendar, a new direction for my art was launched.


I create Ark curtains, Torah covers, Wall-hangings, and Huppahs (marriage canopies). I love combining fiber art with glass, tile and metal. I am always curious about new techniques. What people find most surprising about my “job” as an artist is that I spend at least 40% of my time on things other than art. A great deal of time is spent listening to clients and communication back-and-forth about their final designs. I also spend time on the “business” of art. I feel so fortunate that the internet allows me to work around the world without leaving my studio in Connecticut to meet clients. My work has been commissioned by more than 350 synagogues and organizations across the U.S., Europe, South America, Canada and Israel. My formal education (Princeton and Yale) was in epidemiology. Each technique (silk dyeing, fabric manipulation, painting, papercutting) has been self-taught.

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