Historical Jewish Wedding Rings by Shereen LaPlantz -SOLD OUT!


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

Artist Bio

Shereen LaPlantz is an internationally recognized book artist and author. Her work has been represented in countless gallery exhibitions and museums throughout the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Europe and Africa. Her basketry or Artists’ Books are represented in numerous permanent collections, including The National Museum of Women in the Arts. Some of the commercial books she’s authored include: The Art and Craft of Handmade Books; Cover to Cover: Creative Techniques for Making Beautiful Books, Journals and AlbumsInnovative Bookbinding: Secret Compartments and Hidden Places (currently being re-published by her husband)Plaited Basketry: The Woven Form and The Mad Weave Book. Besides her commercial books, LaPlantz has published an average of 12 Artists’ Books per year until being diagnosed with cancer. LaPlantz was a frequent lecturer, juror and curator and taught “hundreds, if not thousands” of book arts, basketry and fiber arts related workshops over the last 30 years of her life. Until her death on September 11, 2003, Shereen lived with her husband, David LaPlantz, a jeweler and metalsmith and Kashira Ojime, a black chow chow dog on a hilltop near the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by Northern California redwoods.   Artist Statement Books are an intimate object; we curl up with them and take them into our beds and baths. My Artists’ Books give me a chance to participate in that intimacy. I want to involve my audience, to have them (you) peek inside openings or under flaps and open doors. I wish to give to my audience (you) a time to pause and simply enjoy an object. With luck, I will also give you a heart-melt moment. There are six major elements that I try to blend together when making a book: 1. text 2. typography 3. illustration 4. page design 5. binding structure 6. presentation These elements combine both two and three-dimensional art forms with verbal skills. It’s quite a technical stretch, especially since I’ve always been a 3-D artist. Adding 2-D skills is opening up new possibilities, like digital prints. Of course, these prints have words/text; a print isn’t all that different from a page. There’s no single theme to my book’s subjects. If something crosses my mind, it could easily become a book. However, a reoccurring theme is how-to or instructional, usually how-to make books. Often these books are small artists’ books bound in a manner that’s described. My illustrations are starting to show a preference for medieval beasties — found in the margins of illuminated manuscripts. Currently creating books is just fun. I know we’re in a new incunabula period, and as such, we’re developing how books will be perceived in the future. I consider this as a very exciting period of exploration, pushing the structural and design limits. For example, if the Mayan Book of the Dead is a bowl, should we add bowls to our bookbinding repertoire? Most people don’t think of a bowl as a book, but are we being ignorant? How do we (I) make a bowl feel like a book to a general audience? An incunabula period opens lots of questions. I believe if we each answer the questions with our hearts, we will develop a true definition of B-O-O-K.