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
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.
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