23 Sandy Gallery is pleased to present this limited edition hand bound book by an artist who is often credited with sparking the modern day explosion of interest in the field of book arts. This spark was lit back in 1995 when her seminal book, Cover to Cover, was first published. Shereen’s work is the reason many artists are active in the field still today. She inspired a generation of artists with her own collectible limited editions and her accessible, commercially published book with easy-to-follow instructions on how to make books as art. Historical Jewish Wedding Rings is a limited edition artist book, one of the last available titles by a remarkable artist who left us much, much too early and is dearly missed.
The book contains not only Shereen’s 17 illustrations, but also a well-researched text telling the history of these rings and the customs and rituals behind them. Shereen wrote of this book, “Historical Jewish Wedding Rings is a die cut book, both pages and cover, that investigates this 17th-18th century style of jewelry. Not being Jewish, but loving the look and concept of the rings, I went overboard on the research. It was fun. This was made a month or two before Photoshop offered layers. So the illustrations were drawn on acetate, black lines on one side and colored inks on the other. Then the acetate was scanned with gold or silver leaf behind it. As you can see, the book is mounted in a black velvet pendant box to continue the jewelry concept.”
A Special Note From Shereen’s Husband, David LaPlantz
“Shereen had a wonderful Jewish Mother, her name was Frimma. Frimma and Shereen’s Mother were good friends and so Shereen was lucky to gain another Mother. Frimma was very special to Shereen and vice-versa.
I remember that Shereen had such a grand time researching the Jewish wedding rings and discovering the magic and symbolism in the often, intricate imagery. She was the epitomy of intelligence, could remember more than most people, had a penchant for understanding history and lived like a scholar.
Every artists’ book that Shereen ever created was and still is, all Shereen, filled with knowledge, research, passion, courage, love and respect for her followers and readers.
I needed to connect with Shereen, since the anniversary of her final transition is coming up soon—9/11/2011. I am sad. I miss my best friend and lover. I miss her voice, the crack between her upper two front teeth, her very long legs and her spirit, which guided my life for so many years. She was the glue that helped hold me together and I played the same role for her life. Our life was a perfect mix. Together we were unstoppable and had the power to do all we wanted to do. Thus, Shereen lived a very fast and short 56 years.
I hope this gives you some fleshed out pictures of the Tall Lady. It comes from my heart…”
Thanks & Smiles, David
|Title||Historical Jewish Wedding Rings|
|Number of Images/ Illustrations||17 color illustrations by the artist|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Double pamphlet stitch structure attached to padded black velvet jewelry box insert|
|Number of Pages||32 pages plus cover|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||3 x 2 inches. Black velvet box with printed slipcase measures 3.75 x 3 x 1.25 inches.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 300|