Every Scarf Has a Story
The Hermès scarf is a coveted, much-collected symbol of sophistication and design excellence defining the Paris-based luxury company that today specializes in leather fashion, lifestyle accessories, home furnishings, perfume, jewelry, watches, and clothing.
Scarf motifs are wide-ranging and are designed by a world-wide array of freelance artists that can be found in places from Poland to Japan, and in surprising places like the U.S. post-office sorting room in Waco, Texas. Kermit Oliver, a longtime postal employee, has designed more than a dozen Hermès scarves. In all, the French company has roughly 50 freelance artists at a time designing new scarves, with the aim of producing 12 new designs (6 new and 6 re-issues in new colors) per year, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. The designs are central for Hermès, which sprinkles the patterns and colors throughout its collections of ready-to-wear clothing, accessories and housewares. Many designs are commemorative and others depict themes such as equestrian scenes and items, military, nautical, fantasy, floral, mythology and many, many more. Some artists draw inspiration from the content of the Hermes company’s museum which contains collections of antique silverware, European and Middle Eastern textiles, Victorian objects, and of course many high end saddlery and harness items.
Contemporary Hermès scarves measure 35” square. (There are shawls measuring 55”, and ‘pocket squares’ measuring 16”). The typical scarf costs around $410, but large sizes can cost double that, and special-edition scarves can be much more. Every carre (square) has a name and is woven from the silk of 250 mulberry cocoons. The scarves are then cut from lengths of cloth and hand-rolled with tiny stitches around the edges. All of the hems are hand-stitched. The designs are not printed onto the fabric by machine but hand silk-screened by Hermes professionals who have to apply up to 43 silk screens to achieve the design effects. This is a painstaking printing process; it takes 750 hours on average to engrave the screens for printing each design, an individual scarf typically incorporates 20 to 30 different hues. Since 1937, Hermès has produced over 2,000 unique designs; the horse motif is particularly noteworthy and popular since it harkens back to the origins of the Hermes Company.
Thierry Hermès (1801–1878) first established Hermès as a harness workshop in the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris, creating high-quality harnesses and bridles for the European upper-classes. Hermès’s son, Charles-Émile Hermès took over management from his father and moved the shop in 1880 to 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré where it remains to this day and with the help of his sons Adolphe and Émile-Maurice, Charles-Émile introduced leather jackets, handbags, and a clothing line. When in 1929, the first women’s couture apparel collection was previewed in Paris Hermès introduced some of its most recognized original goods geared toward the emerging modern style and fashion market such as the leather Sac à dépêches (later renamed the “Kelly Bag” after Grace Kelly), and the Hermès carrés (scarves) in 1937. The first scarf was a 27” carre named “Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches” depicting white-wigged females playing a popular table game. Hermès oversaw the production of its scarves throughout the entire process, purchasing raw Chinese silk, spinning it into yarn, and weaving it into fabric twice as strong and heavy as most scarves available at the time in a dedicated scarf factory in Lyon.
Soon the Hermès scarves became integrated into French culture. The scarves have been worn by several celebrities such as: Queen Elizabeth II in a portrait for a 1986 British postage stamp. Audrey Hepburn. Sophia Loren. Catherine Deneuve. Princess Grace Kelly was on the cover of a 1956 issue of Life magazine and using another as a sling for her broken arm. Scarves are often made into pillows or framed and hung on the wall.
This last use is our absolute favorite. The best part of framing Hermes scarves is that you get to see the full design, and they do look like expensive, chic, sophisticated, and dazzling paintings on the wall. Considering the high-quality craftsmanship and artistry involved in creating these scarves they certainly qualify as ‘art’. We have custom framed many Hermes scarves over the years, our clients tell us they often become the show piece in a room. You may want to consider the style, color and subject matter and then frame it accordingly with either elaborate traditional frames or simpler narrow looks.
The ketubah is a significant popular form of Jewish wedding ceremonial art. Ketubot have been made in a wide range of designs, usually following the tastes and styles of the era and region in which they are made. Many couples follow the Jewish tradition of ‘hiddur’ mitzvah (a mitzvah in a manner that glorifies the performance of the mitzvah) which calls for ceremonial objects such as the ketubah to be made as beautiful as possible.
The root of the word Ketubah is from the root katav, “to write,” is the name for both the written contract itself and for the amount the husband is obliged to settle on his wife in marriage. Traditional ketubot are not written in the Hebrew language, but in Aramaic, the vehicular language, of Jews at the time ketubot became standardized. This was done in order to make sure the bride and groom understood the contract that was being signed. Many Conservative Jews and other non-Orthodox Jews use ketubot written in Hebrew rather than in Aramaic. In a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, the ketubah is signed by two witnesses and traditionally read out loud under the chuppah. Close family, friends or distant relatives are invited to witness the ketubah, which is considered an honor. The witnesses must be halakhically competent witnesses, and so cannot be a blood relative of the couple.
The main purpose of the ketubah is to prevent a husband divorcing his wife against her will, which, in talmudic times, he had the right to do. The knowledge that he had to pay his wife her ketubah would serve as a check against hasty divorce. In addition to the basic settlement, the husband undertakes in the ketubah to protect his wife, work for her, provide her with her marital rights and with all that is necessary for her due sustenance. The ketubah is essentially a statement of the husband’s obligations. The obligations of the wife to her husband are not recorded in the ketubah, however, most Reform Jews and Reconstructionist Jews, as well as many Conservative Jews today prefer a different version of the ketubah that is more egalitarian.
The ketubah document is reminiscent of the wedding between G‑d and Israel when Moses took the Torah, the “Book of the Covenant,” and read it to the Jews prior to the “chupah ceremony” at Mount Sinai. In the Torah, G‑d, the groom, undertakes to provide for all the physical and spiritual needs of His beloved bride. It is this precious “marriage contract” which has assured our survival through millennia which saw the disappearance of so many mighty nations and superpowers.
Ketubot are often hung prominently in the home by the married couple as a daily reminder of their vows and responsibilities to each other.
We all appreciate art; paintings, drawings, photography, and we love living with beautiful artworks in our home. However, as the saying goes, we don’t live by bread (or fine art) alone. It is important to have the ‘things’ we love around us to remind us of our loved ones and family history, our adventures, our hobbies, interests and passions. Get those dear items out of the drawers, boxes, and scrapbooks and make them a feast for the eyes.
This is a wonderful shadowbox of Beatles memorabilia in a playful ‘haphazard’ layout.
Or maybe you have one favorite movie and a great memento to go along with a still. We can also add a brass plaque.
Below are framed historical artifacts that can reflect our interests in magic and showmanship and a passion for history.
LET’S GET PERSONAL! Family memorabilia make for great framing. We are reminded everyday of what fantastic lives our parents, grandparents, and relatives had and we honor them by preserving their keepsakes and show them off to children and guests.
Mention this posting for $50. off diploma custom framing.
Your hard work is a work of art. Treat it like one!
Archival framing materials are recommended for diplomas. Conservation glass and mats protect the actual document from fading as well as the college seal. ribbons, and signatures. There are limitless possibilities that we can create to best reflect your style and protect your diploma.
Modern or Traditional or somewhere in between.
Trapani Art & Frame gallery is now featuring folk artist Steve Klein. Steve is a world famous award winning artist. He was commissioned by The White House to create a tree lighting ceremony painting and by The New York Mets, The New York Islanders, and Long Island’s premiere real estate firm to paint three life size horse statues for the “Horses Of A Different Color” public arts project. His painting for the Bellport Bay Festival & Regatta Poster won first place and was featured as the festival’s poster. Steve’s paintings have been showing in galleries all throughout Long Island and New York as well Vermont, Canada, Phoenix, St. Tropez, Japan and Paris. Among his collectors are the Prime Minister of Norway, Senator Charles Robb, Jackie Collins, Ira Ritter, Charles Dolan of Cablevision, Jean Luc Clement and J. Michael Gearon.
Steve Klein is carrying on the true tradition of American Folk Art.
Folk Art is characterized by a naive style, in which traditional rules of proportion and perspective are not employed. (Closely related terms are Outsider Art, Self-Taught Art and Naïve art). People experience folk art as resonating the aspirations of artists who create outside the bounds of the ‘art academy’ which can result in a more freedom of expression and powerful in its authenticity. Folk art often reflects patterns of daily living, at times affirming stability and tradition, and yet, at other times, resists convention becoming inventive and dazzling in unexpectedness. Its various forms often demonstrate the shared human impulse to find beautiful and soul-satisfying solutions to the needs and challenges of everyday life reminding us of the divine within us. Folk Art very significantly began to influence the modern art movement of surrealism and abstraction.
In the past, as folk art excluded works executed by professional artists, it was not sold as “high art” or “fine art” to the society’s art patrons. However, many 18th- and 19th-century American folk art painters made their living by their work, including itinerant portrait painters, some of whom produced large bodies of work. The first real appreciation of American folk art began in the 1920’s when artists returning from WWI began to search for what was truly “American” about American art and with the ‘discovery’ of Grandma Moses in 1938 American folk art began a modern resurgence. There are a number of other folk artists that have become well known: Edward Hicks, Horace Pippin, Morris Hirshfield , Henri Rousseau (French), and Harriet Bell.
We want to thank everyone who attended our opening of “Howard Rose & Friends & Fellow Painters” Saturday night. It was a huge turnout with a very happy, supportive, and celebratory vibe.
We also want to thank everyone who participated in the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer raffle for Howard Rose’s painting “Woodbury Path”. The raffle is still ongoing through the end of May so please come in a get a raffle ticket. (The full proceeds of the raffle will go to the MWCABC!).
And now, we want to congratulate the artists whose works have sold and urge everyone to come to the gallery, see the show, and get in on many more wonderful ‘jewels’ still available.
Trapani Art & Frame will be accepting ‘silent auction’ bids for Connie Foley’s beautiful “Manhasset Bay”. All proceeds from the winning bid will benefit The Church of St. Mary celebrating it’s 160th anniversary and will be accepted through the June 7th Gala Reception.
The artwork is on view at Trapani Art & Frame, 447 Plandome Rd, Manhasset, NY 11030 (516) 365-6014 Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm.
The opening bid is $1,000. Artwork donated by artist. Framing donated by Trapani Art & Frame.
Trapani Art & Frame believes art is an important part of every community. Art and culture help reveal the unique meaning, value, and character of a community. We are so proud to represent so many talented local artists who are truly inspired by Long Island’s unique and magnificent coastal beauty, farm land, historic homes and it’s proximity to New York City. Artists rely on their local community to attract attention to their work while communities look to artist to attract visitors as well as new residents.
It is important to enjoy and treasure the historic artworks that represent the beauty of our area but to also recognize the present opportunity to value the current artworks of the artists living and working amongst us and revealing our beautiful Island today.
We want to acknowledge our upcoming art show “Howard Rose And Friends & Fellow Painters“, April 26th through May 31st, as recognizing and carrying on the tradition of William Merritt Chase’s Shinnecock Plein Air School by representing the ‘here and now’ of our Long Island.
The Art of Howard Rose & Friends and Fellow Painters
April 26th Through May 31st
Trapani Art & Frame
447 Plandome Road Manhasset, NY 11030
Please Join Us on Saturday, April 26th from 3-8 PM for The Opening Reception
The opening reception will include wine and light refreshments. All artwork will be available for sale with a portion of all proceeds to benefit the
An original Howard Rose oil painting will be raffled off, with all proceeds to benefit MWCABC.
In 1891 The Shinnecock Summer School of Art, the first out-of-doors art school in the United States, opened to allow amateur and professional art students from all over the country to study plein air painting under the tutelage of artist William Merritt Chase.* (Plein Air is a French expression which means “in the open air,” and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. The popularity of painting plein air increased in the 1870s with the introduction of paints in tubes.) The choice of location for the Art Village, just beyond the western edge of Southampton Village at the flat end of Shinnecock Hills, was certainly a testament to the vast, varied, and quiet beauty of the area’s shore and dune landscapes.
Howard Rose as teacher:
“I have been painting since 1989. Over my years as an artist, I have found my biggest challenge and accomplishment has been to become more and more attuned to the ability to “SEE” a scene and feel comfortable in creating a painting from an everyday scene that most people would pass a thousand times and not look at it twice. Seeing into a scene with a painters’ eye will isolate the shapes- you will notice if there is an exciting light source, enough value changes and exciting colors to create something special from the ordinary. Like in music, arranging the simple 12 notes can create a beautiful piece of music.
What an honor it is for me to work with all of my students. They teach me art, we solve world problems, and we share the struggles to get it right. Inventing new shapes and colors, tweaking the design and making it read as you envisioned. That’s all our goals. Most important is the opening of their souls to other artists… a most vulnerable and special part of their lives.”
*William Merritt Chase (November 1, 1849 – October 25, 1916) was an American painter, known as an exponent of Impressionism and as a teacher. He is also responsible for establishing the Chase School, which later would become Parsons The New School for Design. The Shinnecock works have come to be thought of by art historians as particularly fine examples of American Impressionism. Today his works are in most major museums in the United States. His home and studio at Shinnecock Hills, New York was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 as the William Merritt Chase Homestead.