Ever have trouble finding the perfect wedding gift? When I was designing the ketubah for my cousin Julia and Ben’s wedding, there was a design element that she wanted to include that just didn’t fit visually with the rest of the ketubah design. It was a geometric motif based the design of the windows of a building where the couple spent a lot of time during their relationship in college. I loved the design of the building and I knew right away what I would do with it after we cut it from the ketubah.
I wanted to make a wedding gift using the glass that Ben stepped on at the wedding. The moment the couple danced away from the chuppah, I ran up to the platform to collect the broken glass. Since this Jewish tradition marks the destruction of the Temple I wanted to create a piece of art with the words we recite when it is broken: Im eshkachech Yerushalayim tishkach yemini, If I forget Jerusalem let my right hand forget its strength.
I created a papercut using the broken glass pieces to fill the words of this quote within the geometric design left out of the ketubah. And since the bride’s last name is Jerualmi, this truly makes the perfect wedding gift!