Using history as a guide, fiber artist Rachel Kanter creates tallitot for women. Inspired by the four cornered robes worn by Hebrew priests in Biblical times, and designed using vintage apron patterns from the 20th century, these tallitot bring everyday motifs of American women’s lives into the realm of the sacred object. In a related series, Kanter makes “Spiritual Mikvaot,” ritual objects made from fabric for ceremonies marking life-changing events such as healing, relationships and reproduction.
Kanter’s interests lie in the combination of history and tradition with modern ideas about Judaism. A collection of her art will be exhibited at Beth El – Keser Israel in New Haven from Nov. 9, 2018 to Jan. 20, 2019.
Kanter, who has given workshops at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Brandeis House in NYC, and synagogues, will present an artist’s talk at BEKI on Saturday, January 12, at 12:45 p.m. Sabbath rules will be observed.