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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

announcement | SALE IN THE SHOP!



I'm having a Sale in
MY ETSY SHOP!


FREE SHIPPING  
on all papercuts
sizes 11X17 & 13X19 inch 


// Jewish Ketubot // 

 // Wedding Keepsakes // 
 // Celebration Gifts //
(valid through Mar. 31st)
A few of the designs participating in the sale:
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Monday, March 18, 2019

custom | Otterly Love You

A custom design concept often begins with a list. What the couple wants to see in their ketubah? What do they definitely don't want to see? And I proceed from there. As a designer it's my job to flesh out the clients' vision and bring it to life in an edited, beautiful design. And I'm not gonna lie, sometimes I struggle with editing, myself. To have many ideas - same as to see many color variations - can often be too many ideas. More times than not I drive my assistant crazy because I work in tandem on 2 to 4 designs - sometimes to completion - before I can decide on the design to show the clients. It's not good time and labor management, but it's my creative process. And I definitely went through about 6 versions of this design before I settled on the one I showed Holly & Bill. (I still have the other versions in my back-pocket, waiting for their day.)

Holly & Will wanted their papercut ketubah to encompass their relationship across the years. It's a beautiful concept and oh my gosh we had a lot of pretty imagery to pull from! Holly gave me a list that included: lace, Chicago Musical Theater, castles, pumpkins, the Scottish Highland games, Superman, the ship necklace Will gave her, 'Safe in the Waves' motto, and more. A lot, right? Sounds random but she included a backstory and reason for every element to explain the emotional connection. The challenge for me was to pick and choose what to include and to create a cohesive composition that worked together not only aesthetically but also story-wise.

The two biggest elements I needed to feature were the bridge in Cedarburg, Wisconsin where the couple got engaged (Bill actually proposed to Holly there!) and a cutie-patootie otter couple (they mate for life!) - besides the ketubah text, of course;) Through their symbols - personal and universal - their love story needed to be told with a beginning, middle, and future. That the artwork came out so adorable is just a great bonus!
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OTTERLY LOVE YOU
18X24 inches | Super Gold, Charcoal
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Saturday, December 22, 2018

custom | Our Favorite Hiking Spot

With designs based off real locations, sometimes the design depicts the scenery, and sometimes I stylize the elements to create an image that will evoke the memories and feelings the clients are looking for. Annie & Zach wanted a papercut artwork to represent a location close to their hearts: their favorite hiking spot in The Three Sisters Park in Colorado.

From all the papercuts I did featuring state park forests I know it's a landscape that resonates with many -myself included!- and it's a challenge for me to create this response anew, without repeating myself. I believe I succeeded with this commission: 
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OUR FAVORITE HIKING SPOT
16X22 inches | Ivory, Copper, Ivy, Charcoal
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Our Favorite Hiking Spot is a 16X22 inches big papercut made out of four layers. It's a landscape design that draws you in - and to me is reminiscent of The Secret Garden imagery - a gateway to another world. The papercut is full of details from the different landscapes that brought Annie & Zach together - flowers and trees and mountains and bears. The illustration frames the text, but I think in this case the text is truly secondary to the intricacy and beauty of the papercut layers. It's one of those papercuts I like to say has hidden treasures, so the joy of viewing it extends with every new discovery. My personal favorite are the little mice!

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

custom | The Blessings Tree

Lisa & Marshall wanted a design that married her love of tranquil nature with his wish for a vibrant Jewish style. She likes organic, subdued designs, he likes colorful and lush designs. My challenge was to come up with a comrpomise that would appeal to them both.

The design is purely symbolic for the couple. As Lisa wanted a no-fuss design, everything featured within had to hold meaning for the couple. I knew I was going to do a reference to Hanukkah as they were getting married on the eve of the holiday, so I hoped it will satisfy Marshall's wish for the Judaica style. I turned to the Bible for nature references that will appeal to Lisa and fit within the nature-theme, as well as connect back to Israel for Marshall. Bonus: the elements will symbolize all the principles for a loving union and work kabalah magic to strengthen their bond!
I made two versions eventually. The first papercut design featured the miraculous oil lamp of Hanukka (hope & resilience), from which a symbolic tree of blessings bloomed forth with the strong-rooted trunk of an olive tree (peace and health), the twisty, graceful vines weighted by grapes (love and fertility), and cascading blossoms of figs (prosperity and modesty).
Their feedback was that it needed to be more colorful, and they wanted to get rid of the oil lamp and replace it with a big menorah. I decided to alter the design to a frame of leaves and fruit so the combination of the different trees (and values) will be even more seamlessly organic. A few more mockups to tweak colors and the new design was approved - my most colorful papercut yet!
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THE BLESSINGS TREE
13X19 inches
Mercury | Midnight Blue | Moss | Fir | Olive | Copper | Super Gold
My Most Colorful Papercut Yet!
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All the colors in this papercut are made of different layers. Assembling everything together was an unusual experience for me, it felt almost like piecing together a puzzle! It was labor intensive - I think it took about 6 hours all together - and it's not because I work slowly! I thought it would go much quicker, honestly, which goes to show that after 7 years every commission is still a unique experience. 

The photo to the side was taken pretty late at night - maybe early morning? - when I was finally finished and tiredly packing the ketubah for pickup the next day. I was sad to see it go. Also, I clearly work nights pretty often, you can see I have another papercut on my desk in the beginning stages, and a movie cued up on screen.
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Saturday, December 1, 2018

custom | Tropical Bouquet

As winter is settling in and the year is drawing to a close, I'm looking back on commissions from this year that speak of warmer weather. None do so quite like this one, which just about shouts 'summer' to me.

Amelia commissioned me to create a papercut ketubah for her and Harrison that reflects their theme of a tropical beach wedding. They specifically wanted lots of flowers, and as they were getting married in Key West, Florida, I piled on the flora! Garden Roses, Anthurium, Ranunculus, Vanda Orchids, Peonies, Sophronitis, Hibiscus, Morning Glory, and Monstera Leaves, all play a part in their wedding decoration from the invitation set to the bride's bouquet, so I had a lot to draw from. The color palette was soft blush and light gold, like sunset.

To be honest, I didn't think I'd post about this commission. The clients were lovely and the design process went smoothly so I have plenty of photos but little to write about. I have no anecdotes to share other than that both the bride and I were tickled about the idea of including flamingos. There are three of them nestled in the design, if you can spot them: one for the bride, one for the groom, and one for good luck:)
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TROPICAL BOUQUET
18X18 inches | Blush & Light Gold
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