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My passion for Hebrew calligraphy, mosaics and Jewish art was first nurtured more than a decade ago as I prepared for my wedding in my hometown New Orleans.  Creative by nature and fascinated by handwriting as and art form, I took a calligraphy class so I could personally address each invitation to our friends and loved ones from New Orleans, Austin and around the country. The lettering came naturally to me and I was hooked.

In the years since, I’ve studied Hebrew calligraphy under a Jerusalem-based sofer (a Jewish religious scribe). Hebrew letters are so beautiful and graceful, and learning to write them has increased my respect for this ancient art form and for the Jewish traditions that are central to my home and family.

I also began working in mosaics and quickly fell in love with using tesserae to "paint" a picture.  Today, I use mostly stained glass and beads in my mosaics, which include wall art and belt buckles.

Along my journey, I’ve been welcomed, encouraged, and supported by a wonderful community of artists in Austin's calligraphy guild, Capital City Scribes. And I helped establish the Austin Mosaic Guild, which has grown to about 70 members.

Although calligraphy and mosaics are very different, they are both ancient art forms that are meticulous and meditative by nature. Together, they give me an creative outlet and nurture my artistic passions.   I love every minute of my work and I hope you see that reflected in my art.

Testimonials

I draw strength every day from Heather’s commissioned work that  is hanging in my home. It is not only beautiful but deeply meaningful. Her vivid calligraphy brings life to the shema and to the family tree she designed using the names of all our children and grandchildren. It was among the greatest birthday gifts I’ve gotten from my children. — Anita Rimler, Daytona Beach Shores, FL

Whether it’s a funky mosaic belt buckle or a piece of Hebrew art, I’m always blown away by Heather’s imagination, creativity and execution. She can design the perfect piece for someone she’s never even met. What an asset for Austin. — Melanie Susswein, Austin, TX


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