Using this tiny lettering, Ellen creates her flowing designs. The final creation is a picture completed entirely with words. This art style is also known as micrography. Ellen chose the term “micro calligraphy” to express her exacting work: tiny letters and words blending together to form the designs and figures on her paper. Micrography started in the 9th century by Masoratim. Ellen creates her works from the stories and verses of the Torah and Scriptures. Ellen’s unique style is executed through careful planning and logistics, which are integral elements in her creations. Using a fine point calligraphy pen dipped in water color paints, Ellen creates fabulous pictures in full color, entirely from Biblical texts. The use of “gematria” often guides the number of repetitions of verses used to create a design.
Donna Matles Retrospective
Donna Matles, of blessed memory, was a genuine artist. As a respected artist, jewelry designer, wood turner, and conservator of Judaica, she helped launch the Fenster Gallery, which later became The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.