Hannele Rubin (Nel) is our featured artist for our May meeting.
Date: May 5, 2021 at 11:30am
Location: Degallery Square, 930 N. Rosemary Dr., Bryan TX
A lifelong doodler and crafter, Hannele Rubin completed classes in various media, including painting in watercolors and acrylics and linocut and monoprinting. In 2015, when her son’s bar mitzvah was approaching, she took up silk painting in order to create a Tallis, or prayer shawl, that would include images that were meaningful to him.
To learn the ancient art of silk painting with gutta resist Hannele set about researching the medium online, reading and watching innumerable tutorials and corresponding with other silk painters such as the masterful Diane Fredgant and Hillary Miller. She made innumerable mistakes, throwing away silk, gutta, and paint, but along the way, she learned the medium and created a series of silk-painted sugar skulls (they’re both funny and morbid!) and colorful scarves featuring abstract designs, birds, bugs, fish and flowers, among other natural motifs.
Eventually, she created a “Cherry Blossom” Tallis in collaboration with her daughter; tackled a “Starry Night” Tallis at the request of Dr. Keith Paull, a local allergist; and made a “Spider Lily” Tallis for the Struminger-Rosenthal family for their daughter’s recent bat mitzvah. Hannele loves the watercolory and often unpredictable way paint spreads and colors mix on silk. She is less enamored of the precision required in sewing silk, a notoriously fiddly fabric, onto a lining to create scarves and prayer shawls (but she’s getting the hang of it!).
A journalist, editor and teacher, Hannele has also exhibited her collages at DeGallery, along with other artists from Visual Art Society of B-CS. She welcomes collaborations and commissions.