Elsa Wachs Studios

Trained as a painter, Elsa Wachs began working with fibers and threads in 1970. At that time, she developed her art discipline of creating heirloom pieces such as family wedding canopies and prayer shawls personalized with memorabilia and photographs, and liturgical designs. She teaches and lectures in the United States and abroad.

Elsa WachsElsa's work is used and enjoyed in synagogues and private collections in 46 states, England, Canada, Israel, Chile, Australia and France and was taken into space on NASA's Space Shuttle Mission Discovery. She has been an invited artist in many juried shows; artist-in-residence in a number of communities and logo artist for Women's League for Conservative Judaism. She has received the American Jewish Congress Rosh Pinah Award for significant contributions in her field and the B'nai B'rith Community Service Award. She also won 'Most Outstanding Piece' at the Museum of American Jewish History, Contemporary Artifacts. Elsa Wachs was commissioned by the Temple Judea Museum of Keneseth Israel, Elkins Park, PA to create a piece for their permanent collection.

Elsa also writes and publishes limited edition and one-of-a-kind books. She has been a Judaic consultant/ designer to the giftware industry, producing such pieces as the 1999 Simcha dessert set for Lenox China.

Her innovations are being echoed by professional and folk artists nationwide: "The Tallit as Personal Art Form", "The Chuppah as Family History and Heirloom", and "The Special Torah Mantle for Eastern European Holocaust Scrolls". These are hallmarks of her work.

Elsa pioneered the movement of creating new and unusual items from bits and pieces of a family's cache of sentimental items. Through her artwork and her lectures and workshops she helps to build bridges between the generations.

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