Cara Buchalter's Profile

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Octavine was my great-aunt. Born in New York City at the dawn of the Jazz Age, she embodied Depression-era sensibility and possessed a penchant for the unique. For my eleventh birthday she gave me a calligraphy set. This gift allowed my artistic sensibility to blossom and reveal what is now my passion; the timeless art of hand-wrought font intermingled with organic forms. Thus began Octavine Illustration.

Garnering inspiration from the sensuous lines of Art Deco haute couture fashion, advertising and poster art, I specialize in Art Deco and Art Nouveau inspired Ketubah (Jewish marriage contracts), fashion illustration, custom name plates, baby name certificates, wine labels, concert posters and programs and anything both Hebrew and English calligraphy related.

My goal is to construct a world based on Art Deco and Art Nouveau forms, classic…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 30
  • Joined June 4, 2007

Favorite materials

gouache, pen, ink, paper

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About

Octavine was my great-aunt. Born in New York City at the dawn of the Jazz Age, she embodied Depression-era sensibility and possessed a penchant for the unique. For my eleventh birthday she gave me a calligraphy set. This gift allowed my artistic sensibility to blossom and reveal what is now my passion; the timeless art of hand-wrought font intermingled with organic forms. Thus began Octavine Illustration.

Garnering inspiration from the sensuous lines of Art Deco haute couture fashion, advertising and poster art, I specialize in Art Deco and Art Nouveau inspired Ketubah (Jewish marriage contracts), fashion illustration, custom name plates, baby name certificates, wine labels, concert posters and programs and anything both Hebrew and English calligraphy related.

My goal is to construct a world based on Art Deco and Art Nouveau forms, classic silhouettes of sleek sophistication, where style and craftsmanship reigned supreme, nurturing the creation of a product solely for its beauty. Imagine the 1930s era of Hollywood movie stars, the Chrysler Building and the Duesenberg.

Based in an 1880 Victorian in Marin County, California, Octavine Illustration is owned and operated by illustrator, calligrapher and Ketubah artist Cara Buchalter.

I use gouache (a water-based paint favored by artists of the 1920s) and ink to create my illustrations and ketubah.

Custom orders/commissions are always welcome.

Please feel free to contact me:

Cara Buchalter
415.419.6889
octavineillustration [!at] gmail.com

Octavine Illustration is owned by ketubah artist, illustrator, and calligrapher Cara Buchalter. Based in Marin County, California, Octavine lllustration serves clients both in San Francisco as well as around the world.

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