Amy Lassman

Fiber Art Fine Judaica & Accessories

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Spring 2019 Exhibit Location #28  Wheelchair Accessible

First Baptist Church  
848 Beacon Street
Newton Centre
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I approach Judaica design with the belief that each person who chooses to wear a talit (prayer shawl) or kippah (head covering) does so consciously and with the intent to deepen their own individual connection to Judaism. My designs for both women and men include a variety of fibers, colors, motifs and Hebrew embroidery encouraging the wearer to explore their own religious identity. For the Jewish home I create traditional ritual items such as challah covers, matzah covers and afikoman bags with classic styles, current trends and whimsical inspiration.

Each person who wears a talit is cognizant of the weight and flow of the fabric. Some fabrics float with an ethereal whisper and sparkle with a hint of light. Others offer warmth, security and a sense of being wrapped and supported. The one constant, the one requirement, the traditional knots of the tzitzit unite all designs. Design motifs of the tallitot are often inspired by text. Purely decorative attarot (neckbands) are also included in the collection, many include hand stitched pearls and beading.

As egalitarian practice is enriching many American congregations, women confidently come to the bimah to read Torah or lead services. A kippah offers a wonderful opportunity for personal expression. Adar Design Kippot range from classic tweeds to whimsical beads and feathers. Many coordinate with my tallit collection.

In addition to pieces created for the collection, ADAR Design custom work includes chuppot (wedding canopies) and Torah covers commissioned by both families and shuls. Including heirloom textiles such as wedding gowns in these pieces allows the pieces to transcend the everyday into the truly exceptional. I create all designs, embroidery, and stitching in my studio in Needham, Massachusetts.

Amy Rosenstein Lassman graduated from Washington University in St Louis with her B.A. in Dance & Psychology then received her M.A. from New York University in Dance/Movement Therapy. Her career path began by providing Expressive Therapies to elders in Pittsburgh and Boston and inspiring creative movement programs for all ages.

Ever exploring avenues of artistic expression, Ms Lassman returned to her love of creating meaningful pieces from exquisite textiles. In 2010 Ms Lassman collaborated to establish AKDesign with a focus on textile handbags and purses. In 2012 Amy founded Adar Design to focus her artistic exploration on Judaica textiles.

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