H E L L O !
My name is Naomi Shiek (pronounced CHIC).
I create papercut ketubot for private clients in the Nouveau Judaica style.

What is a ketubah, you ask? A KETUBAH is a decorative marriage covenant used and exhibited in Jewish, non-denominational and non-traditional weddings and commitment ceremonies wherein the couple's vows to each other are declared.


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Monday, January 9, 2017

custom | Love Grows ketubah

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We requested a custom papercut, but we had very little idea of what we wanted to see. I was so amazed with your artistic ability to convert the information we provided about us as people to a magnificent piece of art that truly represents us as a couple. The ketubah is a perfect depiction, displaying the area we live and fell in love as well as included a lot of personal touches!

The kids spent the night looking for all the fun critters in the design, they thought it was a huge seek and find, which was adorable! The guests as a whole really enjoyed the hidden treasures buried in the design as well as just how elegant and unique it was. 

I can't stress enough how well you nailed us and the look down! I know you had to have done a decent amount of research on the elements we provided you, which just really shows how much you love your job and your craft, as well as your customers!

I really am in awe of how from across the world you can nail down the personality and culture we were looking to portray. There is no doubt this is my favorite piece of art in our home. I want to just keep raving about how awesome it was to work with you, and how happy we are with the results!
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Congratulations Erin & Dylan Murphy!
Thank you for choosing my ketubah for your celebration 
and to display in your home for a lifetime to come 
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HERE
Wedding photographer 
Captured Moments by Jen 
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Friday, January 6, 2017

custom | Tree Papercuts (part 4)

I've posted about the custom TREE KETUBOT I've done in the past (PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3). In this post there are two special orders featuring trees: one is a double panel Quaker certificate, and the other is a papercut frame:
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THE HEART TREE
2 panels | 13X19 inches big (each) | accommodates 140 signatures
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Maddie & Daniel were having a Quaker ceremony and needed a beautifully illustrated certificate that could also accommodate signatures from 120-140 guests. They wanted something with a tree, which is what I love to hear, and split over two panels.

At first I drew the design without any animals and very little flowers. The couple sent me back feedback that they realized they'd like to have animals appear in the design "like little treasures". That description struck inspiration in me and this is the end result!
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THE HUGGING TREES
18X24 inches
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Kat & Ted were an unusual order for me: they planned on writing their vows on the day, and wanted a papercut layer to frame and display the vows for the reception. The brief was for a design of enveloping trees with an Italian greyhound dog, a sphinx cat, a chipmunk eating a peanut, a pouncing fox, a blue monkey, and a fawn.
For more photos of these ketubot go 
HERE
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

client photos | Aaron & Jenni's Wedding



Over the course of my work, there have been clients that I've felt really connected with and appreciated the concept of the ketubah. Like a flash in the pan, they come and go, but the impression they leave is all kindness. Aaron is one such client. From the first email Aaron presented himself as a kind and devoted soul. His love for Jenni was obvious in every question and detail he wanted to get just right. He ordered a staple ketubah from MY SHOP called SUCCULENTS GARDEN, to be personalized with a custom monogram of his and Jenni's names.

We ended up enlarging the ketubah to 24 inches long to accommodate the text Aaron provided; a traditional Conservative Mizarachi text, which reads more poetic than the Ashkenazi version.
previous post 
ON TEXTS
previous post
ON TRADITIONAL TEXTS
We worked together making the text just right, selecting the most authentic font for it, and I eventually manually manipulated the letters to match Aaron's reference text. It was fun to collaborate with a groom that felt the same about the minuet beauty of fonts as I do. I believe these details make the ketubah all the more special for them both.
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Congratulations Aaron & Jenni Breceda!
Thank you for choosing my ketubah for your celebration 
and to display in your home for a lifetime to come 
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For more client photos go 
HERE
Wedding photographer 
Jonah Light 
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

CHEERS TO A NEW YEAR

There's a lot to say about 2016, but like the rest of the world I can succinctly say it sucked. Sucked bad. For me personally it's been a year of growth, one very painful at the start but steadfast at the end. Around the world it was 'terrible' capped off with 'I give up on you, humanity'. I gotta say that feeling overwhelmed me too in November. But since this is a work blog, I've decided to focus on the positive and send off 2016 with a winner:

From 2011-2013 my most popular ketubah was TREE OF LIFE.
In 2014 it was OAK TREE.
In 2015 it was TWIN TREES funnily enough since it's not even listed in my shop. 
In 2016 my most popular ketubah was ...drum roll...
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18X18 inches big
your choice of colors & text
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As I make all ketubot bespoke, this design had many personal touches added to it with every couple, from colors to elements. Here are a few beautiful examples of its past evolutions:
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Friday, December 30, 2016

new in the shop | Old Favorites

Waiting for months (well over a year in some cases) to edit photos has some advantages. For one, I find designs I did 3-1 years ago, meant to list in the shop, and forgot all about! The pickings were starting to feel a little slim... So now I give you two old favorites that I was commissioned to make a good amount of 3 and 2 years ago, a bit freshened up and raring to go!

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11X17 inches big
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Bringing this design out of retirement, I'm adding the option to have the leaves be a different color than the background. It's more technical work, but I think it's worth it for the impact. Those that like the more minimal, quiet look can keep everything one color.
In the above photos I used Polvere for the background and hand-painted metallic Copper for the leaves. I've since added new shimmer papers including copper that would work just as well. 
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16X16 inches big
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This ketubah is based off a commission I did back in 2013. This design is 16X16 inches big and the text area is roomy enough to accommodate nearly all texts. I photographed the ketubah without a background because I love that look, but a color background can easily be added. 

For more photos of these ketubot go 
HERE
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