Concept 2: Calligraphy Tree
Using Hebrew letters to create a form is traditional way to depict images in Judaism. It was invented to ensure that we were not violating prohibitions against “graven images.”
This version of the tree of life is based on that traditional form of Jewish expression. The tree is built from the words “Eytz Chayyim,” tree of life. The central branches have two, three, and two leave, subtly representing the matriarchs and patriarchs.
The stitching style for this will be a bit different than my more recent work. Instead of primarily using chain stitch, I expect that it will be more straight stitch, long/short stitch, and stem stitch. This will have the effect of more of a “thread painting” or sketched feel.
This only shows one half of the tree. The intent is for the "roots" to be a perfect mirror reverse of the branches.
[note: missed the mark on concepts 1 & 2 with my client. I still dig this one and will probably execute against it, but it wasn't what she was looking for! I also realized that this while does work with the roots, I think I like it better as just the branches. I also plan on adding the last word of "Eytz Chaim Hi to the trunk.]