Wednesday, 23 December 2009

a woman's wisdom is in her spinning

R. Eliezer again. A woman's wisdom is in her spinning... the full context of this was R. Eliezer refused to answer a torah question as it was asked by a woman. Amongst the lace work of this doily I have incorporated spiderwebs, details of various different spinning techniques, and a s&m tied-up woman. (click on picture to see a bigger version)

I used my handwriting as a template for the lettering, and decided to cut out the paper and leave the letters (as opposed to cutting out the letters in the previous papercuts)

Tuesday, 8 December 2009


this is the latest paper cut in the ladies guild collection. I have decided to do the lettering as handwriting and made a complete rather than partial doily. This one has witchcraft symbols and pin-up witches integrated into the lace pattern.

cutting out the lettering, which resulted in this fragment of text

Friday, 4 December 2009


this is the latest papercut. direct from the cutting board. it is from the mishna in sotah - teaching a woman torah is like teaching her tiflut. which depending on your version, translates as lechery, folly, whoreishness, foolishness, lasciviousness. I like the disapproving finger-waving tone of 'lechery'. the context being that the test for suspected adulteress women would not work if she is learned. So if you teach her anything, it will only encourage to have lots of illicit sex as she knows that she will be able to get away with it... (to be fair to the mishna, there is another view that encourages teaching woman, but that is not the one that has been taken up and influential to the development of education for females...)

Tuesday, 1 December 2009


these are some drawings from while ago from when I drew Alabama 3 a lot.