Star of David Dancers

Star of David Dancers

Star of David Dancers

Mixed Media (Illustrator, Photography and Digital Background Layout)

For this graphic design I wanted to combine the element of dance with the shape of the Star of David. This work is a tribute for my appreciation of Israeli Folk Dancing. I particularly enjoy that this engagement is mostly done in a circle. It removes age and marital status boundaries and thus remains all-inclusive. This kind of dancing can evoke a sense of community. It is reminiscent of joyous Jewish life cycle occasions and happy times.

The dancers in the graphic design element are made up from tiny individual stones representing the diversity within the unity of the circle. The background features the stripe pattern of a traditional tallit pointing the Jewish roots of the dance. The history of events related to dance is referred to in the Bible and the Talmud. These citations contain over 30 different dance terms.

I’ve long been fascinated with Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. He is known for his mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. I especially like his tessellations and metamorphosis. Unfortunately, I lack the mathematical skills to calculate the precise relationships among shapes and space. I therefore resorted to cutting out two general shapes. Then snipped away and repositioned the shapes until they visually fit together inside the shape of the Star of David.

I had the honor of being asked by an Israeli Jeweler for permission to use this design to fashion necklaces.

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