Chupah designer Michal Ayalons artistic concept was influenced by her background. She was born in Casablanca, grew up in Israel, and raised a family in Tucson. One of Michal's main inspirations was her mother, who loved to sew and designed beautiful clothes made from remnants of fabric; it was inevitable that she would eventually take on her mothers love, and started sewing and designing clothes from a very young age.
When Michals daughter was making preparations for her wedding, she asked Michal to design the Chuppah for her ceremony. From this, an art was born.
Michal now runs a growing business, Chuppah Shalom, as a Chuppah designer and jewelry maker. Michals distinctive chuppah feature enchanting colored and textured fabrics in uniquely handcrafted designs that are influenced by the Shuks (markets) of the middle east and the sunsets of the Sonora Desert in Arizona. Her signature design is a cut-out circle in the center of the chuppah where the light illuminates on the wedding couple standing below. This design is Michals artistic interpretation of the traditional Sephardic Synagogues that she grew up attending, where a large stained glass circle would shed light on the congregates below. Michal uses fine gauge plated silver and gold wires, crystals, and Czech glass beads, incorporating her jewelry designs into her chuppah; she uses fabric such as silk and taffeta. Michal lives in New Britain, CT with her husband Aram. She has two grown children, Rotem and Omri.
For more information about Michals custom-made and personalized designs, contact her at chuppatshalom(at sign)gmail(dot)com.